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Trend of young kids watching porn drastically on the rise

Young kids, having access to pornography on a regular basis – the thought scares parents to death.  The number of kids seeing those images is growing at an alarming rate, though.

Experts say it is not just “kids being kids,” or something they will grow out of, this porno problem could continue to haunt these children into adulthood.

It started when “Bill” was 9.

“My brother and sister played a porno in front of me,” said “Bill.”

He is now a recovering sex addict. Problems with pornography – it is a battle he has been fighting ever since.

“It has absolutely been a terribly destructive force in my life, it has been a very serious problem,” said “Bill.”

Bill’s story has become more like the new normal, and less like a unique search.  The number of young kids, watching pornographic videos on a regular basis, has skyrocketed.

“Drastically, every day,” said sex therapist Carol Sheets.

Ninety of kids 8 to 16 say they have viewed porn online. By the age of 10, young boys will have seen 11 hours of it.  In just one hour, kids see an average of 363 sexual scenes.

Sheets said seeing those images at a young age can have devastating effects later in life.

“It’s so intriguing that it fixates their brain,” said Sheets.  “It is something called “brain lock” and it brain locks them and it drives them to this compulsion to want to look at more of it.”

And we have seen more and more cases of acting out what they are seeing.

In February, seven 5th graders were suspended for playing “The Game.” It involved boys and girls touching each other inappropriately.

This week, a mother sued an elementary school on the campus of Ball State University.  The mother claimed her son, and other 10-year-olds repeatedly had access to pornographic materials.  The complaint stated the boys would act what they saw out on each other.

“Let’s say it affects three out of 10, but 10 out of 10 have been exposed to it and those three are going to be nailed,” said “Bill.” “We are going to have a generation in violent sex crimes.”

Bill said he never knew the images he saw as a boy would have such a lasting effect on his adult life.

“We say, ‘Once a cucumber becomes a pickle, it can never become a cucumber again.’  Once they have crossed that threshold into the point of no return, it takes help to get back,” said “Bill.”

Carol Sheets said a lot of it breaks down to parents in the home, at church and at school.  She said proactive steps could keep kids from getting curious with electronics by accessing parental controls.


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