Many Kids Are Seeing Inappropriate Content On The Internet!
The internet can be a seedy place, and it can be easy to stumble upon sexual content even if that's not what you're looking for.
A new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health reveals one in five kids are seeing unwanted sexual material online-- and one in nine are getting unwanted requests for sexual material from their peers or adults.
Researchers analyzed several existing studies and found precisely that 20 percent of young people were exposed to sexual images online and 11 percent received unwanted requests to engage in sexual activities or conversations or to provide sexual images.
Study author Sheri Madigan, a child and adolescent psychologist, says only about 40 percent of parents are regularly talking to their children and teens about Internet safety, and that parental supervision is low.
But the study still had some good news: unwanted sexual exposure and solicitation among young people has decreased each year from 2005 to 2015 by about one percent.