Here's a presentation that shows how pornography effects the developing brains.


Exposure to pornography shapes attitudes and values.  From the organization 
Most of us caring, responsible parents want to instill in our children our own personal values about relationships, sex, intimacy, love, and marriage. Unfortunately, the powerful irresponsible messages of pornography may be educating our children on these very important life issues. Just as thirty-second commercials can influence whether or not we choose one popular soft drink over another, exposure to pornography shapes our attitudes and values and, often, our behavior.
Photographs, videos, magazines, virtual games, and Internet pornography that depict rape and the dehumanization of females in sexual scenes constitute powerful but deforming tools of sex education. The danger to children stems at least partly from the disturbing changes in attitude that are facilitated by pornography. Replicated studies have demonstrated that exposure to significant amounts of increasingly graphic forms of pornography has a dramatic effect on how adult consumers view women, sexual abuse, sexual relationships, and sex in general. These studies are virtually unanimous in their conclusions: When male subjects were exposed to as little as six weeks' worth of standard hard-core pornography, they:
  • developed an increased sexual callousness toward women
  • began to trivialize rape as a criminal offense or no longer considered it a crime at all
  • developed distorted perceptions about sexuality
  • developed an appetite for more deviant, bizarre, or violent types of pornography (normal sex no longer seemed to do the job)
  • devalued the importance of monogamy and lacked confidence in marriage as either a viable or lasting institution
  • viewed nonmonogamous relationships as normal and natural behavior


One young man's personal account and struggle with pornography addiction
Pornography isn’t new, but it is much more accessible than it has ever been before. And this has a lot of parents understandably worried.
No longer on the peripheries, pornography has become mainstream. According to Playboy, 30 years ago 40 percent of adults said they watched porn—it is now up to 80 percent.
Pornography is now available to children on home computers, cell phones, and tablets. A study from the London School of Economics shows that 9 out of 10 children between the ages of 8 and 16 have viewed pornography on the Internet, most often unintentionally. Often the question isn’t if your children will see pornography, but when. This generation is the first generation to ever have this kind of exposure, and health experts are still figuring out what the long-term effects will be.
But they have found that when children stumble upon pornography, it can leave long-lasting and confusing images. Much of what is online isn’t just a little racy; children are finding images and videos that can be incredibly graphic.
Many children and teens are also using the Internet pornography to learn about sex. Unfortunately the information they are getting is often very disconnected from reality. Another British study from Plymouth University found that a third of people from the ages of 16 to 24 found sex with partners difficult because of what they had seen online.
Pornography has become so available that it is very hard for parents to monitor their children’s activities. Many children cite examples of watching pornography at home late at night or at school from their phones. And the digital gap between parents and children hasn’t helped. Children are generally more adept at using technology then their parents and are very good at covering their tracks.

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