The Effects Of Sexual Content On The Children And Youth Of Our Culture

1043 Words Nov 17th, 2014 5 Pages
Throughout this research paper I will be discussing the effects of sexual content in the media, and how they affect our children. I will be looking at how these images can affect young people, and what are some possible solutions to the problem. Sexual images can be found frequently in everyday life, in magazines, television commercials, during television programming and even on internet advertisements. The question that needs to be asked is how does this over stimulation of sexual images affect the children and youth of our culture?

“The average Canadian child watches nearly 22 hours of television per week, which is only the tip of the iceberg, young people spend an additional 3 hours per day with videos, videogames, computers, music and other media.” (Strasburger MD, 2012) “Children as young as 8 and 9 are coming across sexually explicit material on the internet and in other media.” (Ross MD, 2013) “Until four years ago, the only research available about sex and the media proved the media has the power to influence these young people’s attitudes and beliefs about sex, but not their behaviour.” (Strasburger MD, 2012) “The mainstream media portrays sex in a way that permanently scars many teens before their teen years are over, sex is portrayed as the way to attain status and happiness in life.” (PC Tattletale, 2009) The way that the media is portraying sex and sexual acts is the old premise “everyone is doing it but you”, which will in turn cause yet another pressure for…

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