Our Generation sex investigation found that “sexting” and hardcore porn are just part of everyday life for today’s teenagers. Here are some of your responses.
For children aged between 13-16 years, sex is part of everyday life. From sending and receiving naked pictures to watching hardcore pornography, teenagers Channel 4 News spoke to across the country as part of our Generation sex investigation said that adults need to get used to the fact that the world has changed.
For many of you, however, there was real concern about what teenagers are exposed to.
On Facebook, Simon Birch told us: “I worked at a state secondary school last year…sexual emancipation is all very well but this is just the modern commercial MTV culture packaging up sex as though complete hedonism without responsibility is the way teenagers should live.”
@channel4news as a PSHE teacher i have had to deal with this issue, girls actually feeling bullied about it in Year 9!
— Allison Gardner (@clickbiology) December 11, 2012
Daniel Griffiths said: “Disturbing and disgusting, but given the extent of sexualisation today aimed at the youth and pre-pubescent children through the media, television and music videos and songs etc, it is hardly surprising.”
Other viewers said that technology had just made it easier to access pornography.
“Before technology, boys were famous for stashing naughty mags under the mattress. I guess this is just a step forward from that phase and time. Technology just makes this access easier,” wrote Zara Scott on Facebook.
@cathynewman the main thing the tech has changed is that there is no escape. Home used to be a safe place but smartphones have changed that.
— David Tuck (@opusdeath) December 11, 2012
Other users said that internet censorship was not the answer – but worried parents asked what they could do.
On Facebook, Liam O’rly wrote: “Kids shouldn’t be allowed smartphones”, but other users on Twitter disagreed.
@channel4news Shocked 11 yr old son recvd texts from a site. I called them; he/mates surfed during a sleepover! Blanket blocking not easy
— Moira(@moic) December 11, 2012
@cathynewman the law can’t stop us being human. not sure if its right / wrong / ok / not ok but u got to allow ppl some learning experience.
— chris (@137b) December 11, 2012