The Shocking Reality About Your Kid & Pornography

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parenting advice: your kid and porn
Are you prepared to answer your son or daughter's questions about sex?

Ever since the beginning of Playboy and Hustler, parents of teenagers have known to hide their stash of naughty mags and DVDs, vibrators and lube in order to keep their adult playtime safe from innocent, prying eyes ... but according to a recent USA Today article, parents of teens aren't the only ones who should be worried!

Based on a recent study, children as young as 6 years old are exposed to online pornography every day! (What?! Are you kidding me?!) So does that mean my kindergartener is quite possibly more informed about the current sex trends than my husband and I? No way! That's why I set out to do some research and asked some of my "parent peeps" to share their thoughts on the issue. (And what I found was shocking to say the least.)

Much of this sexually explicit exposure is being blamed on social networking sites, instant messaging and computer games, and the "easy fix" has been to block these adult sites by installing parental controls. Well, what I discovered after surveying approximately 3,000 parents is that kids are exposed to pornography more often through accidental (and albeit, unfortunate) circumstances. Many parents confessed that their kids accidentally intercepted a sexy text, video or picture intended for a significant other.

But parents aren't solely to blame. According to a national study "Generation M2: Media In The Lives Of 8-18 Year-Olds," 7 out of 10 children came across pornography accidentally online. In other words, kids who search for images on Google for school projects are coming across uncensored, explicit pictures about 70 percent of the time! In fact, 40 percent of porn was downloaded as a result of an innocent word search (the word "sex" ranks fourth out of the 10 most popular word searches). There are even sites that have been set up precisely to trick folks into visiting them are traps for kids. For example, whitehouse.com is not really an informational site about the president. It launches into a virtual black hole of pornographic pop-ups that are next to impossible to escape (which was the case with my own 12-year-old son). Even recently, my kids were accidentally exposed to oral sex recently while watching a PG-rated TV program with their father and myself! It was terrifyingly embarrassing, especially when my 14-year-old yelled, "Whoa, not cool!" (at which point I secretly hoped he found the act repulsive, but that's not the point). Basically, the old "block it and monitor" tactics are not even close to being effective enough, nor does it address how to deal with the inevitable when it does (and it will) happen. Keep reading...

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