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Sext Up Kids (VIDEO)

Sext Up Kids (VIDEO)

At Care2, we’ve written numerous times about the increased sexualization of children and teenagers. From Toddlers and Tiaras to crotchless thongs for girls to teens texting pornographic images, our children are being sexualized and exposed to sexual imagery and situations† an earlier ages and in a more intensified fashion than every before. This is being facilitated and exacerbated by technology and the media.

A documentary released this year by Canadian Dream Street Pictures looks at the lives of our Sext Up Kids. The documentary shows how growing up in a hyper-sexualized culture hurts our children and presents some pretty shocking stories and statistics about what tweens and teens are doing.

The documentary is available in full online for Canadian viewers.

Speaking about the documentary, author Peggy Orenstein who also appears in the film, told CBC that there is a difference between discovering your own sexuality and being sexualized by others:

Girls need to understand that sexuality is something that comes from within and connects a girl to herself and to her desire and to her needs and her wants and is ultimately empowering as she gets older whereas sexualisation is the performance of all that and itís a performance of sexuality and a performance of sexual entitlement that actually disconnects them from that stronger external sense of self.

What can we do to help our children, tweens and teens from caving to the societal pressure to become sex objects? How can we teach them to value themselves and respect others?

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8:39PM PDT on May 4, 2012

AAAAARRGGGHHHH!
NOT WITH MY DAUGHTERS!!!

4:07PM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

We have to give parents back power and also to teachers to help education of children. Children and teens they do not understand the difference between good and bad information from TV and other media. Somebody has to start controlling again those stupid TV programs in some way.

3:31PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

My 12 year old stepson just moved in with us and he's brought his attitude towards sex with him. I've got three smaller kids of my own and I have to listen to everything Stepson says to keep him from poisoning my babies. I could just strangle his mother for not teaching him anything about self respect or respect for others, especially regarding sex.

1:42PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

thnx for this

8:48AM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Of course it can be reversed. It takes parents being parents not friends. Some of these so-called parents are encouraging this behavior because they think it is cute. It's not cute it's disgusting. They are literally robbing their children of their childhood.

8:19AM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Jonathan N sounds like he might be into tweens!!!!

2:29AM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Whatever happened to teaching some basic values instead of prepubescent sexualization?

10:39PM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

The education should start from home and monitoring their activities

8:48PM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

I am sure that these kids know more in their teens that I know at 67 and that is a shame. We need to find a way to help our kids live a life where sex isn't the most important thing.

8:43PM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

Jonathan N. Yeah good point, my mom occasionally likes to tease me with the old humping teddy bears as an infant stories. *sigh* Despite the hyperbole in articles like this, the average age of first time sex is 17. And Europe of course has lower teen pregnancy rates despite having more nudity on TV and so on. Mostly because they are more likely to use protection.

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