Unfortunately, the powerful irresponsible messages of pornography may be educating our children on these very important life issues.
Just as thirty-second commercials can influence whether or not we choose one popular soft drink over another, exposure to pornography shapes our attitudes and values and, often, our behavior.
Another obvious result of children involved in adult sexual activity is the increased rate of pregnancy among teenagers.
Research has shown that "males who are exposed to a great deal of erotica before the age of 14 are more sexually active and engage in more varied sexual behaviors as adults than is true for males not so exposed." Children often imitate what they've seen, read, or heard.
They also use them to arouse a child or to lower a child's inhibitions and communicate to the unsuspecting child that a particular sexual activity is okay: "This person is enjoying it; so will you." As more and more children are exposed not only to soft-core pornography, but also to explicit deviant sexual material, they are learning an extremely dangerous message from pornographers: Sex without responsibility is acceptable and desirable.
Because pornography encourages sexual expression without responsibility, it endangers children's health.
Slightly more than one-third of the child molesters and rapists in this study claimed to have at least occasionally been incited to commit an offense by exposure to pornography.One of the grimmer consequences of adult-like sexual activity among children has been a steady increase in the extent to which youth are afflicted with venereal disease.In the United States about one in four sexually experienced teenagers acquires a sexually transmitted disease (STD) every year, resulting in three million cases of teenage STDs.During this period, the mind appears to be developing a "hardwire" for what the person will be aroused by or attracted to.Exposure to healthy sexual norms and attitudes during this critical period can result in the child developing a healthy sexual orientation.