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Keep the family TV viewing G-rated

Kids watching adult content shows may become sexually active earlier

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In a study tracking the TV viewing habits and sexual behaviour of 754 participants from childhood to adolescence, the researchers found that for every hour the youngest group of kids (aged 6 to 8) in the study watched adult-intended content, their chances of having sex in early adolescence increased by 33 per cent compared to kids who watched less adult content. The researchers first tracked what programs and the amount of time children spent watching them, and did so again when their ages ranged from 12- to 18-years-old. In the second stage of the study, the participants’ onset of sexual activity was also tracked.

Children’s Hospital Boston

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