How Pornography Impacts Child Health

Sylvia McCrory / 2020

Many times, we have heard people, especially men discount children viewing pornography.  Some guys say things like, “we all did it at that age, and we turned out fine.”  What people are not aware of is pornography has changed, it is becoming more hard-core, including violence and male dominance, and it is so easily accessible many children much younger are viewing it daily.


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Children with open internet access can view graphic hard-core porn depicting close-ups of genitals, and sex acts, group sex, incest, bestiality, child porn, child-adult porn, violent sex acts, and male dominance. All these acts are illegal to produce, distribute or possess according to the 1996 Communications Decency Act.  These cases can be prosecuted because they are deemed: Indecent, Material Harmful to Minors, Obscene, or Child Pornography. 

According to Christian Apologetics Journal/Spring 2014 The Internet Pornography Pandemic

Despite these efforts, child pornography is one of the fastest growing industries on the Internet.  There has been a 774% increase in the number of child pornography images and videos reviewed through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Child Victim Identification Program from 2005 (1.98 million images/videos) to 2011 (17.3 million images/videos). Most victims of child pornography are prepubescent with a growing trend toward depicting younger children, including, horrifyingly, infants.

There has been an increase of children requiring psychological help, of children “acting out” sexually, child-on-child sex attacks, and an increase of child-produced pornography. A child’s brain is not fully developed until around the age of 25 years.  When children are exposed to sexual activity at an early year, their brains are not equipped to process the information naturally. “Research shows pornography short-circuits and distorts the normal personality development process and supplies misinformation about a child’s sexuality, sense of self, and body that leaves the child confused, changed, and damaged. Pornography often introduces children prematurely to sexual sensations with which they are developmentally unprepared to deal.” (Internet Safety 101DVD Teaching Series and Workbook/Resource Guide).

Children become confused; they think the pornography they are viewing is the way the real adult world works.  They are not understanding the concepts of love, marriage, commitment, responsibility, and intimacy.  They are imitating the activity they see online, believing it is part of dating. Boys are expecting girls to behave like porn stars, while they feel they should perform as the male is portrayed, many times degrading the female.  The girls feel the pressure to look and act as the females are portrayed.  An increase in anal and oral sex has been credited to the popularity of pornography.  Girls have begun to require a chaperone referred to as a “third wheel” on dates, to avoid the pressures for sex.

Studies have shown when children are exposed to pornography they are more prone to become addicted to it, they grown up thinking love and affection are not necessary in sexual relationships, and it has traumatic effects on their sense of security and sexuality. The addiction to porn is now being referred to as the crack cocaine of the internet. 

This information is overwhelming to most parents today.  The sad reality is the information is from a report in Christian Apologetics Journal/Spring 2014 The Internet Pornography Pandemic and is over six years old and the statics are no doubt, even worse today.

Therefore, parents must be on their guard and diligent in protecting their children through child safe search engines and other parental controls on the internet.  Regard it as a weekly routine to check smartphones and other devices to see what activity children are viewing.

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