Kids access porn sites at age 6, what are your thoughts?

.kaycat .kaycat
Straight from USA TODAY I read today,
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I was really shocked but not really. I thought of just how easy it is to access those things in the generation. Kids looking up things they're curious about on their devices that are wifi compatible with the Internet such as iTouch devices, or tablets, it's very easy to look those up. There's really no way to control that on a device such as an iTouch, as you would a computer. What are your thoughts and thoughts about their parents?
05/15/2013
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GONE! GONE!
Considering what internet porn is like, I think it's horrible. It's one thing for kids to see clearly consensual sex. This... Ugh.
05/15/2013
KrissyNovacaine KrissyNovacaine
I don't think kids should have access, but it should be the parents that are responsible. All devices can be locked.
05/15/2013
XxFallenAngelxX XxFallenAngelxX
I'd be freaked out if my child happened upon it.
05/15/2013
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by GONE!
Considering what internet porn is like, I think it's horrible. It's one thing for kids to see clearly consensual sex. This... Ugh.
How is porn not clearly consensual?
05/15/2013
Ansley Ansley
No child should have access to the internet without a parent present. Period. There is no debate to it in my mind. I don't like that schools require kids to have laptops now, I don't like that parents think their kids "just won't do it". They will.

Kids are curious and even without the internet I was able to find a wealth of pornographic material and most of it was in my own house. TV, skin mags...that sort of thing. It's impossible to keep kids from seeing or finding out about sex. That's when the open conversations should start.
05/15/2013
ViVix ViVix
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Originally posted by .kaycat
Straight from USA TODAY I read today,
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I was really shocked but not really. I thought of just how easy it is to access those things in the generation. Kids looking up things they're curious about on their devices that are wifi ... More
Many devices have parental options to block certain content. Those options should be used for young children.
05/15/2013
oneeyedoctopus oneeyedoctopus
Six seems awfully young. Probably shouldn't be letting you 6 year old on the internet unsupervised. But I've been reading/watching porn on the internet since my early teens. I don't like my young mind was damaged by the experience.
05/15/2013
quinceykay quinceykay
I think it's the parents' responsibility to monitor that kind of thing, and to teach their kids about sex. Six years old does seem way too young to be looking at that kind of thing. Then again, I first discovered porn when I was maybe 9 or 10 and wasn't damaged by it at all.
05/15/2013
MrWill MrWill
There are firewalls and filters for a reason methinks. Our resident 7 year old can't access half of youtube because I've blocked a long list of keywords, and I check the history daily to see what pages she is going to. If it is questionable, it won't work the next morning.
05/15/2013
bratcat bratcat
While initially shocked, i'm not very surprised about the findings of this study. I agree with MrWill, firewalls and filters need to be put into place when it comes to accessing certain material on their computer when you have a young child at home and actively be checking their internet history. However even with those in place kids will find ways around them like using a friends computers.
It also comes down to what you do as a parent when you find out your child is accessing such information. I'm with Gold Lion on this, because the accessibility to porn without talking about the context and that these people are paid actors who sing contracts consenting to the sexual acts displayed has a very large effect on todays rape culture. Its been found threw various studies that many men who grow up learning about sex through watching porn are more likely to sexually abuse others, wether it is their partner or a sex worker. I'm sure the same goes for some women too. If you have learned your child is watching porn at such a young age, i think thats the time to have "the talk," about their sexual urges being normal, about sex in general and about consent.
05/15/2013
QueenBitch QueenBitch
I was about that age when I found the VHS tapes and Hustler mags under my folks bed. I keep looking.

You can't stand over your kid and watch them 24/7 nor should you want to as that is unhealthy. You need to teach them what is right and wrong for them to do and trust they make the right decisions.
05/15/2013
KinkyKatieJames KinkyKatieJames
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Originally posted by Ansley
No child should have access to the internet without a parent present. Period. There is no debate to it in my mind. I don't like that schools require kids to have laptops now, I don't like that parents think their kids "just won't do ... More
Exactly.

Parents need to talk to their kids about these things, even at a young age. I learned a lot of things from my neighbors (the kids ranged from my age to 6 years older) and it made me curious and even grossed out. It would have been easier to accept if my parents were more open.

Anyway, s harsh as it sounds, I think people let technology do the parenting too often now. My 5 year old cousin has his own iPad and it's ridiculous. Nobody monitors what he does and I can't understand why.
05/15/2013
snowminx snowminx
I wonder how they just happened to get porn. I never "found porn" until I knew what to search and even TODAY I still don't "stumble" apon porn when looking at normal sites so I don't see how they got to that point. If kids that young are finding porn it's prob not just because they have a computer in hand, it's because they hear the people around them saying terms they shouldn't say around children and those kids go look it up instead of just asking their parents.
05/15/2013
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
I use this website that blocks out this type of stuff and other things as well like getting a virus. My son told me that his friend looked at some on his computer before and my son never looked at it before his friend. From there I blocked out all that crap.
05/16/2013
.kaycat .kaycat
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Originally posted by MrWill
There are firewalls and filters for a reason methinks. Our resident 7 year old can't access half of youtube because I've blocked a long list of keywords, and I check the history daily to see what pages she is going to. If it is questionable, ... More
How did you do that? Do you know how to apply that to a phone and an iPad? My boyfriend has a horrible horrible problem with porn, it's a big brick in our relationship.
05/16/2013
.kaycat .kaycat
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Originally posted by KinkyKatieJames
Exactly.

Parents need to talk to their kids about these things, even at a young age. I learned a lot of things from my neighbors (the kids ranged from my age to 6 years older) and it made me curious and even grossed out. It would have been ... More
And I'm more than sure iPads don't have locks, I have a 14year old cousin it's like is porn device now
05/16/2013
Zombirella Zombirella
I was told what sex was by the neighbor kid when I was 6 or 7. However, had I seen the act in pictures, I probably would have been shocked! I don't think any kid needs to be seeing porn, especially with all the graphic and kinky things that are out there today. It's different from seeing a Playboy picture! Parents/schools/care givers should monitor children on the internet.
05/17/2013
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
It's sick, and I blame the parents. There is no reason for kids of that age to have any unsupervised Internet time, any more than it would be appropriate to drop them off at the mall alone at that age. Back in our day that was called neglect.
Computer time should always be monitored, no excuses. And if there's some reason that people think kids HAVE to have a cell phone (gee, how did we ever survive without them?) then it doesn't have to be Internet-ready.
05/17/2013
Eugler Eugler
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Originally posted by quinceykay
I think it's the parents' responsibility to monitor that kind of thing, and to teach their kids about sex. Six years old does seem way too young to be looking at that kind of thing. Then again, I first discovered porn when I was maybe 9 or 10 ... More
I also discovered porn which was labeled 'hardcore' that time quite early, maybe at age 8 or 9. (Maybe they are considered quite softcore nowadays)
I guess porn didn't damage me that much as catholic kindergarden has. If I think about the problems I had (e.g. nightmares)... They were caused by Catholicism and not porn.
05/17/2013
melissa1973 melissa1973
I was 11 when I found magazines lying about in the house. My daughter when she was 8 found it on her computer. It so happened that her computer froze on the site, so she had to come to me to fix it. Her answer was that she wanted to see what she would look like when she grows up. Innocent enough reasoning on her part, so I let it go. She has not looked it up since. The computers all computers are now blocked from porn.
05/17/2013
.kaycat .kaycat
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Originally posted by Zombirella
I was told what sex was by the neighbor kid when I was 6 or 7. However, had I seen the act in pictures, I probably would have been shocked! I don't think any kid needs to be seeing porn, especially with all the graphic and kinky things that are ... More
I agree 100%
05/17/2013
MrWill MrWill
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Originally posted by .kaycat
How did you do that? Do you know how to apply that to a phone and an iPad? My boyfriend has a horrible horrible problem with porn, it's a big brick in our relationship.
Ipads or iphones.. no, not without jailbreaking. Android, there are files you can change (also on windows) that will simply redirect searches back to the host device.. which makes it impossible to go to the adult sites. You can also block things at the router level (which is where I block mine) It does get annoying to have to type in passwords for sites that I use, but if it keeps her from chatting with some 63 year old pervert in Timbuktu then I am all for it.
05/17/2013
namelesschaos namelesschaos
I think this is another sign that we need to take all the adults put them in a room and force them to take a research methods class. After that maybe we can discuss kids and internet porn.

This study link is nothing more then a PR release from a company that wants your money. Look at the by line from the summary it a communication specialist from the company.

Just one examples: "2% of games addicts are 5 years old". Wait... how are they defining game addicts, either they created a definition for game addicts for the study ,which is a massive question in it of itself, that they never explain, or they are just calling game player addicts, either is ridiculous. For that matter how are they defining any of the terms in this study?

Another example: Why does this study on "kids" have data for 20 year olds under "Top Ages of Kids on Hacking Websites"?

The data is meaningless everything in it is clearly alarmist spin to get you to buy more internet filters (not that it isn't a good idea to get some).
05/17/2013
alliegator alliegator
Kids have for years been finding their parents or older siblings' magazines, romance novels, and toys. Why is this much different?
05/17/2013
Intrepid Niddering Intrepid Niddering
In the complex I grew up in, we found discarded porn magazines in the bushes from as early as age five. I first stumbled upon my dad's stash of magazines when I was eight. Honestly... I've always believed kids always normally find this stuff. It just... is.
05/19/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
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Originally posted by .kaycat
Straight from USA TODAY I read today,
link
I was really shocked but not really. I thought of just how easy it is to access those things in the generation. Kids looking up things they're curious about on their devices that are wifi ... More
My reaction would depend on the type of porn. I'd rather kids see nude people and sexuality than the violence they see on TV all the time. However, some of the stuff available online is pretty degrading, and/or can appear to be nonconsensual.
05/19/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
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Originally posted by Ansley
How is porn not clearly consensual?
There is plenty of porn that isn't clearly consensual. I recently came across a video that completely freaked me out, because it looked like a homemade video of an older man doing non-consensual things to an underage girl. (I still don't know what it actually was. Shudder.) There's also plenty of professionally-done bondage porn that a kid would have no idea was all play-acted and consented to.
05/19/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
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Originally posted by .kaycat
How did you do that? Do you know how to apply that to a phone and an iPad? My boyfriend has a horrible horrible problem with porn, it's a big brick in our relationship.
I'm confused by this. Are you actually saying that you want to block your boyfriend from accessing porn on his own smartphone and iPad? I'm pretty sure that's illegal, not to mention an awful thing to do to your relationship. What exactly is a horrible problem with porn, in your view?
05/19/2013
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