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?

Photo credit: studiostoer on flickr

84 comments

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

AAAAARRGGGHHHH!
NOT WITH MY DAUGHTERS!!!

Laura C.
Laura Cristancho4 years ago

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.

TJ W.
Tahni W.4 years ago

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.

Jane Warren
Jane Warren4 years ago

thnx for this

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L.4 years ago

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.

Victor C.
Past Member 4 years ago

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

Chad A.
Chad Anderson4 years ago

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

Parvez Zuberi
Parvez Zuberi4 years ago

The education should start from home and monitoring their activities

Sheri Schongold
Sheri Schongold4 years ago

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.

MD L.
Matt L.4 years ago

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.