If you have teens at home, do carefully monitor the content of the TV shows they watch and the movies they attend? If not, here’s a wakeup call for you.
According to a story at PluggedIn.com, researchers have concluded that for every hour of exposure to sexual content in media, teens are more than five times more likely to lose their virginity within six years.
This new study focused on 1,200 children between the ages 12 and 14, with follow-ups conducted six years later. According to lead researcher Dr. Ross O'Hara, teens who are exposed to this type of content are likely to become sexually active at younger ages, and engage in a variety of risky behaviors.
Dr. Ohara says this study, and other similar studies, strongly suggest that parents need to restrict their children from seeing sexual content in movies.
The report found that more than half of adolescents use movies and the media as their "greatest source of sexual information.” But unfortunately, many of these kids couldn’t tell the difference between what they saw on screen and what they confronted in real life. By the way, if you think that “G” rated movies are always safe and wholesome, think again. Nearly 700 of the highest grossing movies released between 1998 and 2004 formed the basis for this study.
More than a THIRD of G-rated movies were found to contain "sexual content"--defined as anything from "sexual scenes to heavy kissing").
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.