Porn to be wild:

The TV Guide - - CONTENTS -

Sun­day show looks at the detri­men­tal ef­fects of the world of porn.

Porn is so freely avail­able on the in­ter­net it is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to stop chil­dren be­ing ex­posed to it. Sun­day’s Je­han Casi­nader, who has launched a spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion into porn ad­dic­tion, hopes his story will help fam­i­lies to openly dis­cuss many con­fronting is­sues. Cass Mar­rett re­ports.

Young peo­ple’s links to porn be­fore the ad­vent of the in­ter­net would of­ten in­volve stolen gig­gles over a fa­ther’s hid­den stash or a giddy peek in a store through an X-rated mag­a­zine (be­fore they were sealed).

“That is not what porn in 2018 is,” says jour­nal­ist Je­han Casi­nader, who trav­elled to Los An­ge­les to visit a porn film set and launch an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into porn ad­dic­tion.

“Porn in 2018 is lit­er­ally mil­lions of high-def­i­ni­tion videos stream­ing end­lessly on the in­ter­net.”

For many Ki­wis, the mere men­tion of pornog­ra­phy is enough to prompt a swift change of sub­ject but this week when his story airs on Sun­day, Casi­nader hopes to start a di­a­logue.

“My hope is that fam­i­lies can watch this story de­spite how con­fronting it’s go­ing to be for them and sit on the couch and have a gen­uine con­ver­sa­tion after it.”

As Casi­nader was grow­ing up in the early 2000s, so too was the in­ter­net. He was for­tu­nate to never have any is­sues with porn him­self, but he no­ticed some of his peers be­came hooked from an early age.

“I don’t think any­one un­der­stood the im­pact (the in­ter­net) would have on our gen­er­a­tion,” he says.

“We started to be bom­barded by on­line porn whether that was through pop-up ads or through so­cial me­dia sites that were be­ing cre­ated.”

After speak­ing with ther­a­pists, the Min­is­ter for Chil­dren, porn stars and a young Kiwi ad­dicted to porn, Casi­nader says it’s not a case of kids find­ing pornog­ra­phy – rather, pornog­ra­phy finds them.

He wants par­ents to know that ed­u­ca­tion is their best de­fence.

“If you are not will­ing to have con­ver­sa­tions with your child about sex, the porn in­dus­try will gladly do that job for you. Is that re­ally what you want?”

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