Opting in to (and out of) Childhood: Young People, Sex and the Media

  • David Buckingham
  • Sara Bragg


Children today are growing up much too soon, or so we are frequently told. They are being deprived of their childhood. Their essential innocence has been lost. Indeed, some would say that childhood itself is effectively being destroyed. For many people, perhaps the most troubling aspect of this phenomenon is to do with sex. Young people seem to be maturing physically — and showing an interest in sex — at an ever-earlier age. Even quite young children appear to adults to be alarmingly knowledgeable about the intimate details of sexual behaviour. Children, it is argued, are being prematurely ‘sexualized’.


Young People Sexual Content Soap Opera Sexual Material Media Consumer 
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  • David Buckingham
  • Sara Bragg

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