What are parents’ concerns about online pornography?

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Impact of seeing pornography on children – Parental concerns

Here are the key findings from our research with parents around their concerns about children viewing sexual content online and reactions to age-verification requirements on commercial pornography site.

The main areas of parental concerns included:

  • A fear that children would develop a distorted view of healthy sex and relationships
  • Due to the poor portrayal of women, they would be more likely to objectify women and use of violence
  • It may lead to a poor body image and self-esteem as they may compare themselves with the actors
  • They would have a lack of understanding of consent
  • A fear that children will become addicted to porn

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