Survey seeks teenagers in Buckingham to talk about porn

University of Buckingham PhD student asks for parents' help with research

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 2:22 pm
University of Buckingham Psychology PhD student Megan Hogg

A University of Buckingham student is appealing for young people to help with some groundbreaking research into how 11 to 18-year-olds perceive the depiction of sexually explicit material.

Megan Hogg, a part-time third year psychology PhD student, has been collating opinions on adolescents’ perception of people’s exposure to porn.

One of the reasons for the study is that an increasing number of teens are accessing porn, but parents and schools aren’t always having open conversations – for example to make clear that sexually explicit films don’t show condoms being used, which teenagers need to understand is extremely misleading.

Megan said: “I think it is important to find out how the way porn is perceived affects young people’s behaviour.

“It is vital that there are conversations about porn between parents and young people, because so many are now exposed to it.

“Teachers can play a part too. The myths surrounding porn, such as the wrong impression no condom is necessary, are very dangerous if young people are not educated as to how what they’ve seen differs from how they must behave.”

According to Megan, some popular websites now have amusing memes that link to porn, so it is becoming more prevalent than ever.

Megan said: “It appears that access to porn is becoming the norm for younger and younger children.

“A major issue is lack of parents’ technological know-how, so it’s very easy for parents not to understand what their children are seeing.

“There is also so much peer pressure – more than ever children view porn to fit in, because everyone else has seen it.”

Megan is asking parents to give permission for their children to give their views anonymously to help complete the research.

Anyone willing to help, can contact Megan on [email protected]

The University of Buckingham has a virtual open day starting at 10am tomorrow, Saturday, March 13, where people can find out about its courses, including psychology.