Nigel Latta’s latest series ‘The Hard Stuff’ has a fascinating episode on the digital lives of young people, diving into deep topics such as pornography.
The blurb: Teenagers have been introduced to a new technological world and parents are trying to deal with this technology onslaught. Is this the future we dreamed of – our teens glued to their phones, the real world unable to compete with the online? How is technology impacting on our teens? Watch the episode here (44:49 min)
Asked the overall question – are we in the middle of a moral panic about teenagers and technology?
Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter is where most young people spend there time online and present their public face. But very little is known about what NZ teenagers do online in private, specifically with Pornography.
Nigel Latta conducted a poll into the private internet life of teens around the country.
A pole seeking to answer the question how much pornography are NZ teenagers viewing and what effect is it having on them? Assisted by Maree Crabbe – expert on teens and technology. She talks about how often teens are accidentally bumping into stuff online out of curiosity.
They proved the internet is educating our kids about sex by highlighting these statistics:
- 82% of NZ 16-18 year olds have seen pornography.
- 31% of NZ boys are watching porn several times a week.
- 37% of NZ young people say pornography has shaped expectation
- 38% of NZ girls have sent a sexual image of themselves
- 30% of NZ girls think sexting is expected (it’s normal and expected for someone there age)
Where are teenagers getting their sexual education?
- Internet 61% (29% stated their education was coming from pornography)
- Mum 29%
- Dad 21%
Overall Latta came to the conclusion – that ‘the internet is awesome’ and there are HUGE opportunities for young people in technology careers.
But using a non-fear based approach, he showed that there are real problems such as cyberbullying and graphic pornography, and just because young people know how to use the technology, doesn’t mean they know how to use it responsibly.
With pornography they gave a very swift message – don’t let the internet educate kids about sexual relationships and how to treat people, what they come across is aggressive content and degrading towards women. The challenge is there for parents and teachers to do this better than the internet.
It’s up to us (parents) to teach teenagers to use technology responsibly and to help them decide how much time of their life to spend online. We can’t afford to leave our young people’s sexuality education to the porn industry.