Online learning - easier access for children to pornography

Online learning makes it easier for children to watch pornography on the Internet, according to a new survey.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic children can not even attend their after-school activities and have limited opportunities to have social contact. Because of this they may also communicate more often on the Internet with people they have never seen in real life. Due to this, they can fall victim to aggressors. In a press release, sexologists Petra Sejbalová and Jana Martincová warned about the risks of long-term online teaching.

Last year, the sexologists conducted a survey among Czech youth aged 13 to 20, which showed that children draw information on sex education most often from the Internet, either on their own or through classmates. Some of them stumbled upon pornographic videos at the age of six. The sooner they come into contact with pornography, the more likely they fall victim to aggressors in cyberspace. According to sexologists, early sex education helps, both from schools and parents. Parents should alert children around the age of eight about the risks associated with the Internet.

Aggressors may not reach children only through social networks but also on websites designed specifically for children, even preschoolers. "Unfortunately, the situation is affected by long-term online teaching, which is an open door for hunters of victims with sexual overtones," said Sejbalová, head of the Sexology Department of the University Hospital Brno.

The research found that about 64% of teenagers who drew sex information from friends or the Internet had at least one time in their life watched porn. In comparison, the research found that in the group of teenagers who had sex education from home, only about one-third visited porn sites. About a quarter of the young people who received sex education at school were on porn sites. However, only 15% of young people identified the family as the most important source of sex education.