A recent news story that was published has left many people stunned, the story explained how children as young as 11 have now actually started being treated for sexually transmitted diseases, which of course has shocked thousands of people as you could never imagine that your own child would want to engage in any sexual activity or even have that on their minds at such a young and delicate age. Findings suggest that more than 5,000 children under the age of legal consent contracted a STI such as herpes, Chlamydia and gonorrhea and some of these children were as young as 11.Out of the 90 children which were treated for STI’s last year it turned out that 44 of them had Chlamydia, 32 had genital warts and a small group which number count was undisclosed had gonorrhea and herpes.
The number of reported cases of children with sexually transmitted infections has actually doubled in less than 10 years. Charities have stated that online pornography which is widely available to anyone, has lead to thousands of schoolchildren who have just entered their teens to get all their sex education online. Doctors have also said how there are concerns that more children may have been affected with an STI’s but are too ashamed or embarrassed to seek help, and when some illnesses such as Chlamydia may not show any symptoms this can in fact lead to infertility later on in life.
Experts have stated that children under the age of 13 which were treated for the infections may have contracted these as a result of sexual abuse, which is a horrible and traumatic experience for anyone to go through. Overall it was found that there were 5,967 under 16’s that were treated for sexually transmitted infections in 2010 and 5,354 in 2011.Another study that took place on 500 teenagers between the ages of 15 and 18 years old, showed us that 26 per cent of them had sent sexually explicit texts and photos to others in the previous 2 months. It was also suggested that any consequences such as the teenagers gaining a bad reputation or them been lead to any blackmail by others did not seem to influence the teenager’s behavior.
As technology is developing more and more there are always ways for children and teens to access pornography from sites, as they can even get into this by pop-up’s that occur from children going on gaming sites and browsing on the web, we are never really safe when surfing the internet.
Written By: Kelly Walker