This is a topic that I’m fairly passionate about because I’ve struggled with it since a fairly young age. I was exposed to pornography probably in elementary school when a friend showed it to me on the school bus, kind of ironic because it was a fundamental baptist school and my friend was a pastors kid. Needless to say, when I hit middle school and high school I wasn’t quite addicted, it took the advent of the internet to turn it into a raging addiction. We as a church and specifically men who believe in Christ and have a desire to not just live as a Christian, but to be a mentor to the younger generation have to understand how to speak to teens about porn because they are inundated by it daily. It should never be about guilt or shame, because they are experiencing it daily if they struggle with porn, it needs to be about grace, forgiveness, and hope. MOST people already feel guilt and shame for looking at it, so what they need is an alternative and understanding of the freedom that Christ offers. Enjoy and learn.
No matter how you slice it, it seems teens are using porn at startling rates today. Not surprising, since nearly a third of teens are walking around with an X-rated theater in their pockets—i.e. a smartphone. And now psychologists, even those who don’t have moral axe to grind with porn, are concerned about the kind of sexual education porn is giving kids and how it is harming their brains.
Here are 10 of some of the most alarming statistics we could find.
- 9 out of 10 boys and 6 out of 10 girls are exposed to pornography online before the age of 18.
- The first exposure to pornography among boys is 12 years old, on average.
- 83% of boys and 57% of girls are exposed to group sex online.
- 69% of boys and 55% of girls are exposed to same-sex intercourse online.
- 32% of boys and 18% of girls are exposed to bestiality online.
- 15% of boys and 9% of girls have seen child pornography online.
- 71% of teens have done something to hide their online activity from their parents.
- 28% of 16-17-year-olds have unintentionally been exposed to pornography online.
- 20% of 16-year-olds and 30% of 17-year-olds have received a sext.
- 39% of boys and 23% of girls have seen sexual bondage online.
(Get all the references for these by downloading out complete packet of pornography statistics.)
As parents, we have to prepare our kids for our sexualized culture and pornography specifically. If we don’t prepare them, who will?