They see it earlier and earlier.
Young Ile-de-France residents exposed to pornographic content are now exposed to it from the average age of 10, says a study commissioned by the Ile-de-France region, which is launching a prevention campaign against the “dangers” of this industry.
According to this study, conducted in the summer of 2020 by the OpinionWay institute among 250 Ile-de-France minors aged 15 to 17, 46% of them have already accessed porn content, including 53% of boys, and 27% watch it regularly.
Above all, the average age of the first exposure is now 10 years old, compared to 14 years old in 2017, says the region and its partner, the think-tank dedicated to education VersLeHaut.
For the region and its partners, "the generalization of the smartphone has been accompanied by a reduction in the control of content viewed by young people", and "parental control is now underused by adults".
“Early and repeated” exposure to porn has consequences on “the self-esteem of young people and in particular young women”, with the predominance of “artificial physical standards”, but it also trivializes “acts of sexual violence ".
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"Porn is not the ref"
It also promotes risky behavior, because "the majority of pornographic films dispense with any message of sexual prevention", and addiction to these films, correlated with other addictions (cannabis, video, tobacco).
The region led by the president of the Ile-de-France region Valérie Pécresse, whose awareness campaign, entitled "porn is not the Ref", is based on posters and social networks, claims to be the first community to take up this subject.
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– Ile-de-France Region (@iledefrance) June 22, 2022
Its aim is in particular “to make young people aware of the biased representation that pornography gives of sexual relations”, but also to raise awareness among parents.