Kids grow up ‘surrounded by porn’ (Australia)

news.co.au March 02, 2009

YOUNG Australians will likely see pornography before they are legally allowed because of a proliferation of easily available x-rated material, a study says.
The Australian Institute of Criminology says there is a “very high’ chance that Australian teenagers will be exposed to pornography before the age of 18 – the legal age to view and purchase explicit sexual material. Institute analyst Colleen Bryant said there was concern that young people were being inundated with sexual information before they were capable of integrating it into a healthy sexual identity.

“The proliferation of pornographic materials and their ease of access are such that it is not a matter of whether a young person will be exposed to pornography but when,’ she said. Dr Bryant said scientists were divided about the harm caused by porn as research was struggling to keep pace with changing media technologies and children’s engagement with sexual material. She said pornography might promote unhealthy sexual attitudes and behaviour by encouraging males to view females simply in terms of sexual potential.
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