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The problem with kids and online porn

problem with pornBy Kimberly Marselas

An experienced counseling professional, Lucia Martin is well versed in the ways teenagers are exposed to porn.

As coordinator of school counseling for Anne Arundel County Public Schools, she’s heard all there is to know about sexting, innocent-sounding Web addresses like the one that intentionally leads kids to the wrong kind of “American girls,” and porn Internet pop ups that might suddenly put something X rated on a computer screen. It’s no wonder seven out of 10 children in America have accidentally seen porn, according to research by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

But Martin was shocked when her own 9-year-old daughter saw an adult video at a friend’s house and kept the uncomfortable experience a secret for a month.

“We are very careful parents,” says Martin, who couldn’t figure out why her little girl still had trouble sleeping weeks after the sleepover. “What we had to talk about when she finally told us was, what was she worried about? How did it make her feel?”

Pornography is increasingly available to tweens and teens, as the Internet and wireless devices change the way curious adolescents see and hear about sex. That’s a problem according to several local mental health professionals, who say there is no safe amount of exposure for kids to porn because viewing sexually explicit materials can serve as a gateway to riskier behaviors.

“The problem is, developmentally, children aren’t equipped to distinguish between … what they’re seeing and what actually happens in loving, adult relationships,” says Martin. “They may say, ‘It made me feel yucky,’ but they’re not sure what to do about it.”

And children and teenagers who develop a habit of viewing porn on the Internet are more prone to participate in adult-like activities, take dangerous risks and even make themselves unknowing targets for predators, psychologists and law enforcement experts agree.

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