Culture Reframed Reveals Business Model That Drives Kids from Social Media Sites to Porn

By January 29, 2019 News

The seamless connections between popular social media sites Snapchat and Instagram and the porn industry were revealed in a Boston Globe Magazine piece (January 29, 2019) by Dr. Gail Dines, president of Culture Reframed, an organization that is working to solve the public health crisis of the digital age.

“Most parents are unaware that porn is…infiltrating mainstream social media sites such as Snapchat and Instagram,” wrote Dines in the Globe Magazine piece, titled “What Kids Aren’t Telling Parents about Porn on Instagram and Snapchat.” In fact, this infiltration is part of the sophisticated business model of the porn industry designed to lure kids to mainstream porn sites.

“Porn is now more affordable, accessible, and violent than ever before, and many boys are watching it as early as age 11 or 12,” wrote Dines.

Kids are most vulnerable to these images because many of them have no experience with sex, said Dines. This means that porn (and the social media sites that link to porn) serves as the major form of sex education for millions of kids. What are kids learning? That violence, degradation, and humiliation are central to sex, said Dines.

“It’s critical that parents learn about the content, effects, and impact of porn on kids and develop tools to have courageous conversations with their kids about porn,” said Dines.

Read the full story in the Boston Globe Magazine.

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