Boy, 11, forced to watch porn on kids’ sleepover

From the Courier Mail:

Sleepovers are supposed to be good, clean fun.

But for one 11-year-old an overnight party last week turned into a disturbing, confusing nightmare after he was exposed to a bombardment of hardcore porn on mobile devices.

“The night he had to endure makes me sick to my stomach,” said mum Karen, after her son Ben was shown explicit videos and images by two other primary school children.

“I am devastated at the loss of his innocence and I would like this to be a warning to other parents.”

The concerned mother contacted The Sunday Mail after an investigation in last weekend’s paper revealed the increasing trend for young children to access pornography on their smartphones.

Karen said one of the boys took her son’s phone and accessed extreme pornography freely over the household wi-fi, while the other looked up more explicit material on his own iPad and showed it to the group.

“They knew exactly where to go and exactly what to look for,” she said.

The experience left Ben shaken and confused.

“He was such an innocent naive little boy and it all changed in one night,” she said.

“Ben wasn’t titillated by it, he was quite disgusted, he was upset, he was embarrassed and he was ashamed.”

Karen said the experience had made her more vigilant about her child’s internet use, and less likely to allow him to go to sleepovers or other events away from home…

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InvestigateDaily has also found examples locally, with one ten year old forced to watch porn videos during a sleepover in Auckland, thanks to lax parental control of a computer in their son’s bedroom.

The moral of the story? More than ever before, you can’t assume that the houses your children visit have the same controls on technology that you might have in your own home.

3 Comments

  1. I remember as a 12 year old I think it was, spending time at one of my friends houses where we sat on his computer early in the morning playing some games and he then decided to show me some porn. I don’t know how I felt about it as it was awhile ago now but it was very much prevalent even many years ago.

    There definitely needs to be more control in regards to internet access etc…

  2. Hard porn in video form is appalling, and I share that Mum’s shock and sadness at her precious young son’s experience.
    My son at that age would also have been absolutely appalled and disgusted too had he experienced this. And he is almost 30 now.

    He would have come home and told me willingly of the event, because we talked easily about stuff from a very young age, and I responded to all his questions honestly and in a clean healthy manner from the age of 4 when he began asking them.

    As a counsellor I am deeply saddened by this trend, as I regularly hear the consequences later on from such exposure. It can have a devastating impact in a man’s life, especially in the context of marriage or couple relationships.

    Good on the Mum for speaking out, in my view.

  3. This article is written like it is a new problem?
    When I was 11 (I am 21), We did not have the same technological equipment to look at pornography, but we still saw it. Friends had magazines and videos/pictures on floppy disks. This is not a new problem. As for the comment about her son being ‘disgusted’, if I got caught, I would say I was disgusted too, even if being caught also meant being overcome with guilt to tell my mother.

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