Despite the handwringing, however, only a handful of investigators have examined the validity of these concerns.Many are reluctant to explore the topic, thanks to its morally loaded nature, the methodological challenges of Web pornography's effects on children studying an underage population, and the difficulty in showing whether exposure to online porn actually changes sexual attitudes and behavior."We need a lot more research to keep tabs on this phenomenon and to separate hype from reality," says sociologist David Finkelhor, Ph D, director of the University of New Hampshire's (UNH) Crimes Against Children Research Center and a lead researcher in the area.Infants born from a repeat teen birth are often born too small or too soon, which can lead to more health problems for the baby. (Reuters) - More than half of American teens have had sex by age 18, but teenage pregnancy and birth rates extended their 2-1/2-decade decline because of increased contraceptive use, according to a U. Some 80 percent of teenagers employed a contraceptive method during their first sexual encounters, according to the study.Finding pornography on the Internet is as easy as Googling the word "sex," as the 40 million Americans who visit porn Web sites each year can attest.Critics worry about online pornography's effects on adults' work and family lives, but even more about its impact on children and teens.Perhaps not surprisingly, boys are much more likely to seek out pornography than girls, and use increases with age, research finds.In the UNH team's study, for instance, 38 percent of 16- and 17-yea-rold male Internet users deliberately visited X-rated sites in the past year, compared with 8 percent of girls.
The victims, all from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, were attacked by "several" men in a single day sometimes several times a week, it was claimed.
For females, that rate was 42 percent in the recent study compared with 51 percent in 1988.
Teenagers are generally more responsible than most parents think when it comes to when and if to have sex, said Bill Albert, spokesman for the nonprofit National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
"Adults, when they think of teen sexual culture, they see little more than a blur of bare midriffs," Albert said.
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