Children see online often sexual imagery

Children see online often sexual imagery

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Two-thirds of the children between the ages of nine and twelve years of being online regularly confronted with sexual imagery and a quarter to see images of real sex, according to research from the knowledge centre Rutgers and the NOS Jeugdjournaal.

According to Rutgers-director Ton Coenen says 39 percent of the nine hundred surveyed children sexualized images to see if they are looking for something else. “With 31 percent to let others see it and in a quarter of the children appears it just appears on the screen,” he says against the NIS. Only 17 percent are looking for the images themselves.

The results show that most of the children in the images a moment to view and then click away.

Most of the children say at home to talk about what they have seen, but some people talk with no one about and continue with questions. “The older they are, the less often they have to share it with someone. A quarter says nothing about it.”


More than half (55 percent) of the children in school no lesson to get over exposed and seksbeelden. Of pupils who are in group eight is 40 percent. For them, education was very important, ” says Coenen, because they are at the point to secondary school, where they may come into contact with phenomena such as sexting and grooming (digital kinderlokken).

“It is important that they are all in elementary school to learn how they can cope,” says Coenen.

Also, there is an important role for parents. Placing a filter on the computer doesn’t. “Children are not only at home, online; also at boyfriends, friends and at school. Go with children in conversation about what you may encounter and how you can cope, about how to be with each other online handles, and about how you online your limits monitored”, says Coenen.

Today starts the Week of the spring fever, in which more than 2500 schools to teach about relationships and sexuality. The project week is organised by Rutgers and the public health service and is running this year to the theme ‘respect’.

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