Child addiction

Hello.
I’m just curious. Is it possible that a child be addicted to pornography? I mean, not a teen, but a kid (7, 8, 10, 11?) I don’t think male kids would be addicted to masturbation, as they have not reached puberty, but I can’t tell for sure.
Thank you for your answers.
Peace.

How in the world can a child get a hold of pornography in the first place unless his or her parents encourages it and allows it?

If a child is exposed to pornography, the very grave sin is at the feet of his or her parents. They are willfully neglecting the child or allowing this to happen.

you’d be surprised of what kinds of crazy things can happen.

no, it’s not always neglect by the parent

and to anser the original question, yes, children can become addicted

It is wayyyyyyyy easier than you’d think. Pretty much any electronic device is now connected to the internet, and therefore connected to a nearly infinite supply of smut.

As to the OP’s questions, it is probably possible.

And it doesn’t have to be the parents providing internet access. One boy in school with a phone and a kid who is too young to understand that he shouldn’t look or too weak to resist the peer pressure.

From Psychology Today:

  • After all, most 8- to 18-year-olds devote an average of seven and a half hours to media in a typical day, according to a 2009 study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, and more than half of that content contains sexual images or references. The goal isn’t to avoid the issue, but to approach it head-on so that your children learn about sex and relationships from their most trusted source: you.*

Yes, they cam become addicted like anyone else.
They are not immune from these things.
And they view porn early in our lives because we as a nation don’t restrict what can be seen on television even.
Most kids have access to electronics many hours a day.

Yes, it happened to me, at approx 5 years of age.

And this was in the '60s, before there was the internet (of course), or videos or even widespread “soft porn” magazines.

I don’t recall exactly how it happened, but I was addicted to whatever mental images and erotic media I came across, which was certainly not “pornography” by any standard definition.

I’ve heard of porn addicts from that era being addicted to the sexualised images of women in super-hero comics.

It was also a desperate time of my life, when my happy childhood had been ripped apart by strange adult forces which I didn’t understand, leaving me confused, lonely and scared.

I think children are very vulnerable to sexuality, and its misrepresentation - especially when they are suffering other mental issues.

If that was possible in the sixties, I’m appalled to think of what kids with access to “real” pornography could do to their brains now.

Sorry, I don’t accept that. If a little kid is watching enough of it to become addicted there is something else going on in his or her life and it is not good.

OH goodness.
You should read some of the sites that warn parents of such. Porn is rampant in the U.S.
Human trafficking is real, and the selling of children for sex is an epidemic.
You have your head in the sand with regard to this.
The problem is that children are not aware of what is happening to them. They don’t know how or when to report it to their parents. That’s what makes it so insidious.

Hmmm… I agree that it is easy for them to get across sexual content. But I wanted to know if they could become addicted to it. As they have not reached puberty, the sexual addiction cycle would not be fully present, maybe? But I am no expert on this, so I was requesting your opinions.
Peace.

If we are talking about children under the age of eight which is what I assumed the conversation is about:

Like I said if a child is addicted,** something else is going on in his or her life** and it isn’t good. A child will not become addicted if his parents are involved and if they are vigilant. I child that becomes addicted to pornography is a child that is neglected. Whether it is the intend of a parent or not. Whether it is ignorance of a parent or not.

Yes, porn sites are rampant - parents need to take care of their child.
Yes human trafficking is real - society is at fault.
I do not have my head in the sand. I have been a foster parent to children who have been sexually assaulted. I know what I am talking about.

Parents, as I have done, must take courses on sexual abuse. It is their responsibility to protect their children.

I will add that parents are not always aware and do the best they can. But a small child can not become addicted if they are not habitually exposed to it. And if they are habitually exposed to it - something is very wrong in their home or in their life somewhere!

A real good course is:

Safe Environment Curriculum “Good-Touch/Bad Touch” created by Pam Church

So if you see a child that is addicted to pornography you had better report it to the police because something is wrong somewhere.

This is what the OP had posted about the child in question last week

forums.catholic.com/showpost.php?p=14521825&postcount=1

forums.catholic.com/showpost.php?p=14522593&postcount=6

LightBound, you said this: “This is what the OP had posted about the child in question last week:”
I did not have anybody in mind when I asked this question. Maybe some of the points raised in this discussion could be applied to that kid, but still, there is no child in question.
If you desire to talk about him, please feel free to do so in the respective thread. I will gladly read your input.
Don’t feel offended by this post, please; sorry if it reads rude, that was not my intention.
Peace.

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