Daniel P. Huerta, a licensed clinical social worker and Vice President of Parenting and Youth at Focus on the Family, writes:
There’s no doubt, the porn industry wants your child. And statistics clearly show they’re succeeding. In a study spanning 1995 through 2015, researchers discovered extensive use of pornography by adolescents in the U.S. and other countries. Often initial exposure is unintentional when kids stumble upon pornographic imagery.
That data tracks with what I see in my private practice. Many kids addicted to pornography were initially exposed to it through a friend, lingerie and swimwear ads, sexting, chat rooms, fantasy novels or an accidental online click. Then the draw becomes powerful and they secretly and intentionally seek out more images and/or experiences. To them, it’s worth the shame and guilt they initially experience.
Tweens and teens are using porn at an alarming rate. The recent statistics should cause concern for every parent:
These numbers delight the multi-billion-dollar pornography industry that generates more revenue than rock and country music, Broadway productions, theater, ballet, jazz and classical music combined. It also exceeds the total gross income of all three major networks—ABC, CBS and NBC.
This is a series by Focus on the Family: