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Apparently one in three 10 year olds have viewed hardcore porn, and some think tankers reckon we should teach ten year olds about porn as part of sex education to re-align any taints of perception that could potentially be caused by it. I reckon this might be a bad idea for the following reasons.

The vast majority of children at 10 (notice I said the vast majority and not all) that haven't been socially encouraged to become sexual in terms of wanting to provide or receive any type of carnal pleasure (let alone actually consume sexual material/content for genuine pleasure whatever form that might take) would not think of sex at all in that way. Its one thing to be aware of the mechanics of sex and what its original biological purpose was and in part still is for in a modern society. But its another thing to be consciously aware of deriving pleasure from it and actually wanting to receive or give sexual pleasure.

At 10 most children when not actively encouraged or socialised into it just aren't thinking about sex for the purposes of sexual gratification in the sense of needing to derive pleasure from it. I reckon 10 is much too early. I'd be much more inclined to start to worry about that happening at the biological point when puberty kicks in and the actual hormonal changes then start to drive actual urges for sexual desire which obviously happens at different times for different children despite the generic  teen age strata specific to girls and boys that we associate the beginnings of puberty with.

However I also said most and not all, I accept there will be a very small number of exceptions where certain children at ten will exhibit seemingly abnormally  innate and unfocused signs of genuine even if still none understood carnal desire, these are very rare exceptions. But to this I say that there are many things that are intended for post 16 and adult activity or consumption which we certainly wouldn’t dream of intentionally exposing 10 year old children to, with the intention of socializing them into a full understanding of it if they should choose go ahead and do such things. I would have thought in such rare exceptions it would have been the parents responsibility to guide the child and help the child to try to stem it in a none abusive or exploitative way until a more appropriate age, not to actively encourage it. But no doubt if the parents had pedophilic inclinations (whether that was derived from being socialised that that way themselves from an early age or whether it was acquired at a later stage) they would most likely have no issue of socialising a child in to becoming carnally aware at 10 and active if not earlier, and no doubt for their own ends too. I would also think that such behavior would be less of an issue in developed regions of the world and more of an issue where poverty was more prevalent within underdeveloped societies that were still transitioning from a rural culture of socialization that has remained relatively unchanged for centuries, they also tend to be much more steeped in superstition and misguided conclusions about human biological function, human biological behavior and food. Low incomes and poverty also often plays a role in helping to exacerbate this.


 
The difficulty is that even when looking at it from a biological standpoint of puberty and hormones finally driving sexual urges (with girls some even as early as 12) many are still not emotionally ready to handle the full throws of a physical sexual relationship, especially not within the context of full on "hardcore pornographic" kind. It is the increased levels of testosterone that get produced in the body that increases sex drive in males at puberty. In males the vastly increased production of testosterone is also responsible for the development of increased muscle mass, pubic hair growth and facial hair growth. Before some one gets into the difference of the neurological effects that testosterone and estrogen induces as far as affecting behavior, I might also point out that female bodies at puberty also proportionally produce a slightly increased but still effective amount of testosterone too along side the hormone that we'd more readily associate with females of estrogen. You can also tell how certain women might have a slightly higher level of natural testosterone production than others. Anyhow, is it too much to ask that at the very least we try to stem the tides and flows of it all till at least the age of 16 as a more generic rule of thumb even with the exceptions? Even at 16 many still aren't ready for the full throws of it despite the bravado.

 The problem is that porn is initially created for the pure purpose of conscious and understood acquirement of sexual desire and gratification as shaped by carnal desire and imagination, thus also a cerebral process despite the base connotations that we associate with what porn is created to satisfy in terms of carnal desire. Sure in an extended sense amongst certain social groups it might have other functions too for the purposes of relaying certain information, but you still have to have an understanding of the frame work of such organizations that use it in such a way which isn't a concern of general consumers of porn and especially not the concern of 10 year olds that couldn't actually care less in the more generic sense, or at least shouldn't. Generally most 10 year olds wouldn't if not socialised or encouraged to do so.

In initial purpose and function porn is very far removed from a basic mechanical understanding of what sex is for in the biological sense. Teaching 10 year old kids about porn will not address the issues that people might be concerned about that relate to the over sexualisation of children and their exposure to it within a developed society. However I'm more inclined to think that developing regions of the world have much more reason to be worried about exploitative behavior regarding this matter then developed. 


 
Given the fact that most children generally tend to have quite a rebellious streak even at ten, simply just telling them they can't view porn would merely encourage most children to be even more determined to seek it out and acquire porn in some form or other regardless of the measures put in place to stop them in this digital age. At the same time the fact that porn exists with so many specialist niches and is so pervasive against the seeming anonymity of the internet suggest to me that a large number of people (of legal age for the actual acquirement of porn and others that are not too) who would not otherwise seem the type even consume pornographic adult content. The servers are especially telling, not that anyone should have access to that kind of information to begin with. But then you also get a situation where those that are in the so called "know" try to create a situation where their carnal habits begin to manifest in other ways within the physical world amongst others with the will to not have their none contact porn viewing habits tracked who share the same thoughts and beliefs on the matter. Is it a case of the content creating the demand or the demand creating the content? I’d be more inclined to lean toward the latter in a slightly larger percentage in this particular instance. But whatever the case, exposing ten year olds to older peoples adult fantasies of various kinds is still not the answer. So if you can’t tell them no and they'll hunt it out anyway what do you do? The only solution would be to tailor it to each individual child's progression of carnal fantasies, but how would you do that without infringing on their privacy, without being imposing or trying to put them in generic boxes that lump a huge variation of differences and subtleties together? Not to mention something like that takes a lot of resources and time despite any potential smart technology with limited ai we could put in place to try to make human like decision. Despite many people loving to hate it, Facebook in part and to varying degrees (notice in part and to varying degrees depending on the individuals usage patterns and purpose for using it) could help toward figuring that out to some extent.