Study shows two thirds of Kiwi teens exposed to porn

Drive 05/12/2018
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A new report by the Chief Censor reveals two-thirds of 14-17 year olds have been exposed to porn, with some admitting to seeing it before the age of 12.

Crucially, 72 percent of those who viewed porn recently said they saw things that made them uncomfortable.

Sixty-nine percent said they have seen violence or aggression. Seventy-two percent had seen non-consensual activity.

Chief Censor David Shanks said it puts beyond doubt that porn is now a fact of life for young New Zealanders.

Seventy-one percent of young New Zealanders believe access to online porn by children and teenagers should be restricted in some way. David Shanks described that figure as "astonishing".

Forty-two percent of regular viewers said they'd like to spend less time looking at porn, but they find this hard to do.

Mr Shanks said a welcome surprise was the insights young people had about pornography and the damage that what they're viewing could be doing.

The Office of Film and Literature Classification surveyed more than 2000 teens aged 14-17 to research how and why they're viewing pornography.

Teenagers told researchers they sometimes see violent, aggressive, misogynistic and coercive behaviour.

Most teenagers:

  • Were not seeking pornograhy when they were first exposed to it
  • Recognise porn is influencing sexual behaviour.  
  • Worry about false expectations porn raises about sex and relationships
  • Often see things that trouble them.

Listen to the full interviews with David Shanks and Kiwi porn director and producer Steve Crow above.

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