Talking to Your Child About Pornography and Sexting

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Suitable for: Families of secondary-age children and older primary-age children

A report by Revealing Reality has found that children as young as seven are accidentally stumbling across inappropriate material online. They reveal that more than half of 11 to 13-year-olds and 66% of 14 to 15-year-olds say they have seen pornography online.

  • Pornography (also known as porn): Pictures or videos of naked, or semi-naked people (also called nudes) or people carrying out sexual activities
  • Sexting: Sending sexual messages, photos, or videos, either of yourself or another person


Why do children look at pornography?

Children are naturally curious and want to understand more about sex as they grow up. They may feel embarrassed to ask you about sex and relationships and search online instead. Some children will be actively looking for pornography while others stumble across it accidentally.




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