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How can sex ed tackle the ubiquity of pornography for 'Generation XXX'




Statistics show that 90 percent of kids between the ages of 8 and 16 have watched online pornography at least once
Statistics show that 90 percent of kids between the ages of 8 and 16 have watched online pornography at least once
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Concerned experts convened in Winnipeg, Canada this week to discuss how the easy access of pornography is affecting children. They cite statistics showing that 90 percent of kids between the ages of 8 and 16 have watched online pornography at least once - most while doing homework. Parents and educators are faced with an urgent task of having "the talk" not just about the birds and the bees but the sometimes very dark world of porn.

Cordelia Anderson, author of "The Impact of Pornography on Children, Youth and Culture," says "Even if your child has not been exposed to porn that does not mean she or he will not be affected by school friends, boyfriends, girlfriends who might have distorted views of sexuality." As if sex ed were not controversial enough, at what age can parents and educators add the topic of porn to sex education and media literacy? And what language and tone can help teach children who cannot distinguish between fantasy and reality?

Guests:

Elizabeth Schroeder, Ph.D., Sexuality Education expert; Former Executive Director of Answer, an organization based at Rutgers University that trains educators about sex education.

Cordelia Anderson, author of "The Impact of Pornography on Children, Youth and Culture;" Presenter at the symposium “Generation XXX ” held in Winnipeg Canada earlier this week that focused on the extent of accessibility of online porn.