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Internet forcing parents to have sex talk with kids

Posted by Sally O'Brien on 04/06/2014. Internet forcing parents to have sex talk with kidsTags: Parenting

Unsurprisingly, porn and sex is the least favorite subject to talk about with your kids according to a new survey undertaken by AVG Technologies, who surveyed over 8000 adults and children aged 5-10 in Europe and America. The research also revealed that parents feel that the internet has ‘encouraged the conversation on adult themes with children at an increasingly early age’ and that most parents plan to have a ‘facts of life chat with their kids by the time they are ten years old.

Because of childrens access to internet, children seeing inappropriate content online is now becoming a big concern for parents, and sparking those awkward conversations that most parents would like to talk about at a later age. Online dangers, sex and pornography and growing awareness of internet safety is prompting these conversations, with most parents surveyed believing that their kids ‘will know more about the internet than they do’.

Childrens access to the internet must always be monitored but that doesn't mean we can control all the content that kids may see, even if some is accidental. AVG believe this research illustrates the need for parents to begin discussing internet safety, as well as sex and sexuality, at an earlier age than previous generations did.

If you would like to talk about sex and sexuality or internet safety with your children take a look at our expert guide.


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