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Is Pornography Dangerous for Teens?

Unrealistic depiction of sex can skew children's views

Clinical Expert: Alan Ravitz, MD, MS

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Dr. Alan Ravitz, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, discusses how pornography’s unrealistic depiction of bodies, sex, and relationships can skew a young person’s views about intimacy. It’s good to let our kids know that, he explains, to temper unreal expectations and harmful stereotypes that may hinder their development into healthy adults.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is porn bad for teens?

There isn’t clear data saying that porn is bad for teens. But porn can skew teens’ views about sex and intimacy. It’s important for teenagers to know that porn perpetuates unrealistic expectations and harmful stereotypes about sex.

This article was last reviewed or updated on December 4, 2023.