Yes, it’s totally natural for teens to be curious about sex, especially during and after puberty, but the type of sex that appears in online pornography is not designed to help you find your true sexual identity or learn about loving sexual relationships. Instead its purpose is to arouse such strong emotions in you that you want to keep going back for more.
Internet pornography is a commercial industry worth billions of pounds. It exists to sell you advertising and gather personal information about you that can be sold to other companies for profit. There’s no such thing as a free porn website. There are risks to your mental and physical health, relationship development, attainment at school and to involvement in criminal offending.
The reason that sexually arousing material is restricted for children, anyone under 18 years of age, is not to spoil your fun, but to protect your brain at a critical time of your sexual development. Just because you have easy access to pornography through the internet, does not mean it is harmless or helpful.
New legislation called the Digital Economy Act due to come into force in April 2018 will require age verification for commercially supplied pornography. You can learn more about it here.
Hooked on porn
What is it like to be hooked on porn? How to you get away from porn? Here is some advice from recovering addicts Gabe Deem and Jace Downey.
Gabe Deem talks about his use of porn and how he found he had a problem with it (1.06)
Gabe takes us through his recovery story (1.15)
Jace downey in conversation with Mary Sharpe. Jace’s journey into porn addiction and escalation (2.02)