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The Inevitability of Internet Porn & Sex Education

An interesting conversation with Peggy Orenstein of how to deal with the impact of Internet Porn to young kids.

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Before we try to figure out ways and approach to improving access to sexual and health education for young children, I believe we need to acknowledge the real world situation. One of the problems is the inevitability of Internet Porn, which might pose some negative influences on young people. I found out this article "The Great Tech Panic: Parent Trap, The Inevitability of Porn", an interesting conversation between WIRED magazine's editor and Peggy Orenstein, the the author of the New York Times bestsellers "Girls & Sex", and "Cinderella Ate My Daughter", discussing about how parents should talk to and educate their children about sex knowledge. 


In the conversation we can see those facts about young people dealing with porn, for instance the first time young people watch porn is around their 11 to 13, or even younger. We could also find out some response from kids from Peggy Orenstein's research, which she has interviewed and talked to a lot of young people about their experience of watching porn. The issue we cannot deny is we are in a time of easy-access porn and sex, so trying to prevent young adults get access to them is just unwise and incorrect. The right way to do is having a conversation with them about pornography, and providing them the awareness of those contents are just exaggerated and entertaining purpose. 




Another related article "Fixing America's Lousy Sex ED — With Sociology" also points out some good approaches and examples for young people's sex education. Giving children a proper sex education at very early stage, providing chances for discussing with the topic, and letting them to have self awareness and know the importance of diverse sexual and gender identities, those are the suggestions and ways for fixing poor sex education in our society, and I think our society truly need to work harder on it. 


Pornography become way more ubiquitous than before is a fact we need to admit. The information is too easy to get and spread due to the Internet and smart phones. On the other hand, if we could use this as an advantage, to spread the right knowledge, provide more access to sex education, this could help young children learning the right sex knowledge. 



References 

"The Great Tech Panic: Parent Trap, The Inevitability of Porn" : https://www.wired.com/2017/08/kids-and-porn/

"Fixing America's Lousy Sex ED — With Sociology":

https://www.wired.com/2016/10/amy-schalet-sex-ed/



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