There commercial break and programs TV shows are really full of sexual allusions, more or less explicit, and it frequently happens that commercials that interrupt programs intended for families and children contain explicit references to sex.
Embarrassment and silence run rampant in the living room. Most parents hope their child hasn’t seen, hasn’t been paying attention, or at least doesn’t ask questions embarassing.
But the risk of children being overexposed to images that are not suitable for them is always very high.
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I do not hide the dangers of the pediatricians of the Italian Federation of Pediatric Doctors (FIMP) who warn: even in the so-called “protected” hours the sex scenes multiply and the risk is that sexuality is treated too lightly.
Children and adolescents are subject vulnerable, towards which this issue should be treated with great delicacy and attention, and instead there are not only television programs that provide information in a simple and correct way about sexuality, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, but also in the timetables and programs for minors there is no lack of sex.
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And the danger lies precisely and above all in commercials: Parents are particularly careful not to show their children the red dot programs and pay attention that children do not spend too many hours in front of the television, but underestimate advertising and its content.
It is precisely through the commercial that the child is frequently exposed to sexual stereotype.
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But how should parents behave when faced with sex scenes or commercials that are not suitable for children?
Parents are responsible for helping children ad to interpret correctly what they see and to give them the right tools to understand the vision. And if the child asks questions, no embarrassment, but a simple explanation, within the reach of the child’s age: two people kissing and being together, they love each other (READ). Never get scared or avoid being questioned by children, because they will always ask questions based on their age and the answers must be simple and easily understandable.
The teenagers they are a world apart.
Parents often think they are not yet sexually active, often they know almost nothing about their love life and instead in most cases the boy already knows a lot of things about sex, notions learned from peers, from the internet, from television itself. It is useless to put your head in the sand and pretend nothing has happened.
Leave the dialogue (READ), without forcing the boy to speak by force, is the only way to be able to convey to him that you trust him and that we are always available to answer his questions.
The more information the young person will receive about sexuality and feelings, the greater his ability to grow, to deal emotionally with the different situations he will encounter in life.