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Sext Up Kids

Director: Maureen Palmer
Year: 2012
Country: Canada
Genre: Documentary / Short

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From tiny tots strutting bikini-clad bodies in beauty pageants to companies marketing itty-bitty thongs and padded bras to 9-year-olds, images of ever-younger sexualized girls have become commonplace. Add to that: ever-younger boys with 24-7 access to hard-core Internet porn. It saturates their lives - from skate parks to the school bus - 80 percent of boys 10 to 18 are watching porn on smart phones. Toss social media into the mix: and kids not only can consume X-rated images, but produce them. Sexting has become a grade seven right of passage. The powder keg that is porn culture has exploded in our kid's lives. The often-devastating consequences are explored in the new film Sext Up Kids. Sext Up Kids exposes how growing up in a hyper-sexualized culture hurts our kids. Teens and pre-teens show and tell what they are doing and why they are doing it. Experts reveal startling new research, tracking how the pressure to be sexy is changing teen and sexual behavior in alarming ways, as "anal becomes the new oral." Parents and educators struggle to help kids navigate puberty in a world the line between pop culture and porn culture is increasingly blurred. For every parent who thinks, "that's not my kid," Sext Up Kids is your wake up call. - IMDb

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