These days youngsters receive more information about sex from the media than from their parents or teachers. Here are some astonishing facts that show how powerful the media have become in educating youngsters about sex.
1. There are 4.4 scenes per hour in programs with sexual content.
2. 72% of teens believe that if they watch TV with a lot of sexual content they will become better in sex.
3. The number of sexual scenes on TV nearly doubled between 1998 and 2005.
4. Music videos contain 93 sexual situations per hour and 11 hard core scenes per hour (like sexual intercourse or oral sex).
5. Online sexual predators will approach 1 in 5 children with online activities.
6. Half of sexually transmitted diseases are diagnosed in people from 15 to 24 years old.
7. If a teen is watching sexual content on TV or listening to sexually explicit music lyrics the chance that he/she will have sex at an earlier age is increased.
8. More than half of female video game characters are presented in a sexualized fashion.
9. Online pornography is watched mostly by boys between 12 and 17 years old.
Interesting right? The above facts show that the media have replaced the actual role of the parent to educate children the right way. As a result we see boys looking at girls as sex objects and girls using sexiness as a foundation for their identities.
What you can do about it?
If you are a parent then you ought to talk to your kids about your sex values and the role that sex plays in your life. Talk about the dangers of unprotected sex and how a healthy sex life can promote overall health. Discuss situations of sexual behavior that you consider inappropriate and see what your children have to say. To take it one step further set rules for when kids go online and forbid sexual language in and out of your house.