Psychological impact of on-line porn on children

The descriptions of cases below are a bit extreme, but certainly possible. The issue of how repeated exposure to on-line porn by children can impact brain development is particularly disturbing. What is the role of parents in this? What is the role of the community? What is the role of the Internet service providers? What is the role of government? What are the implications for addressing issues of violence against women and girls? How can we engage men as part of the solutuion to this? Can education of parents and other mentors of children help them intervene in this issue to prevent harm?

Read the full article (link below) for full information. From the Daily Mail (London, England) web site. Extract of first two paragraphs:

Jamie is 13 and hasn’t even kissed a girl. But he’s now on the Sex Offender Register after online porn warped his mind…

Jamie was ten years old when he saw his first pornographic sex scene. During a sleepover, a classmate offered to show him ‘some funny pictures’ on his laptop. ‘At first I found it a bit scary and a bit yucky,’ Jamie told me as he shifted uncomfortably on his chair during our therapy session. ‘I didn’t know it was possible for people to do those sort of things — and there were lots of nasty close-ups. But it gave me funny feelings and the pictures started to stick in my head.’

For the next three years, while his parents assumed he was using his computer for his homework, Jamie visited porn websites for up to two hours a night. Even when his school performance began to suffer, they had no idea of the murky world their shy, quiet son was inhabiting while upstairs in his bedroom. While it’s not his real name, Jamie is typical of the young men I meet. He explained: ‘The websites led me to other websites and soon I was looking at even weirder stuff I could never have imagined — animals, children, stabbing and strangling. ‘I stopped leaving my room and seeing my friends because when I was away from the pornography, I was dying to get back to see what else I could find.’ And it was only when the police came knocking one morning that Jamie’s secret life was exposed.

See the full Daily Mail article at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2135203/Jamie-13-kissed-girl-But-hes-Sex-Offender-Register-online-porn-warped-mind-.html

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