Should kids aged 10 even know what the word “Porn” means?

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) fear that Primary School children are learning too much about ‘sex’ from the internet. The idea has been put forward that the effects of Pornography are taught as part of sex education modules?

“Campaigners say the easy access of porn online is harming children, and the NSPCC says they have seen an upsurge in calls from teenagers upset by what they have seen.” Mail Online

With things such as the 9pm watersheds on television and internet security to block these kinds of websites, is it not contradictory to then teach young children about pornography at school? Where is the ethical value in this decision?

The real issue is the way in which both women and men are being perceived in the pornographic content which these children are viewing, providing unrealistic images about how they are meant to both act and look. However, contrary to this, there is a very similar issue with the media and the portrayal of celebrities to young girls. Glamour model Jordan (Katie Price) is criticised for her somewhat ‘raunchy’ image and is often referred to as being very fake. These images of celebrities are much more accessible to children within things such as glossy magazines and on the television. This poses the question, is teaching about the unrealistic approach to both sex and body image within pornography the best option when the media and its sexualised content is much more accessible and less graphic?

My viewpoint on this issue is that the sexualisation of men and women in the media should be taught as part of sex education to teach children about feeling comfortable in their own skin, rather than subjecting them to learn about pornography when it is likely that some nine year old children are not even aware of what the word means.

Although I doubt what would be taught is promiscuous and graphic, I feel that teaching the basics about sexual intercourse, childbirth, general safety rules and dealing with peer pressure is enough. Within the younger generation, they are likely to want to have sex, however teaching about pornography may have the opposite effect than intended on the younger generation and therefore raising awareness of such an industry could add to already overly sexualised society.

Arguably, explicit content is so easily accessible to children that it is no longer okay to ignore the issue and that a plan of action needs to be put in place. But it is difficult to say if this is the right one.

 

Written by Amy Lee.

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6 thoughts on “Should kids aged 10 even know what the word “Porn” means?

  1. I agree with you on the matter. Children should be taught and explained that what they see in newspapers, magazines or TV is just a pleasant facade of the celebrities, so that they don’t grow up having the purpose of looking good and attracting the opposite gender through any means necessary in mind.

  2. Having 2 sons and 1 daughter I have seen first hand how the media and ‘looking nothing less than perfect’ affects girls more so than boys.
    However media is not soley to blame on this. How many of us who have young females in the family use fake tanning lotions, hair dye, false/acrylic nails, fake eyelashes, they will always want to aspire to the older generation of female role models in the family/cirlce of friends.

    Pornography is NOT acceptable for any young individual to see. Parents/carers need to be very strict with what their children are exposed to with no excuses made.
    Sexual education taught in schools should continue to be taught from year 6 with the basics. Teach children that sex is not dirty/bad/wrong. Teach them that it should be between two people who have strong feelings for each other. Teach them to have ‘safe sex’ not just to prevent pregnancy but because of all the STIs that they can contract, show them graphic pictures of the STIs that are out there.

    Above all parents/carers should be teaching this not just the teachers in school.
    My daughter is 14 years of age with a very level head on her shoulders, my sons are 17 and 21 and although they would snigger at the conversations regarding sex and being safe we have a relationship in which we can talk openly in any subject…………..Parenting is for life

    • That is an interesting perspective which was not covered in the blog. I agree that parents must educate their children on the matter and not solely rely on the sex education that is taught in schools, however difficult or uncomfortable that may be.

  3. I think that is a bit much to be teaching children about ‘porn’ as its not necessary. The only benefit from it is that there is a possibility that they teachers can explain that what happens in those videos is not true to what really happens. The trouble is that there is a fine line between what is right and wrong. I agree that there needs to be a base of knowledge regarding sex and the basic principles. But with all the access to pornography on the internet it may need to be a subject that is touched upon during sex education in the future.

    The main problem with the image that porn gives is the ‘easy’ nature of sex, once they are of an age where sex is on the mind, theboys will have one perception, and the girls will have another. It will then cause confusion among the younger generation that it is not happening as it does ‘in the videos’.

    Overall conclusion of this is that if porn is going to be discussed at school, it needs to be in a way that shows it to be actors and not how it is in the real world.

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