Sext Up Kids' illuminates the profound, and devastating, impact our hypersexualized culture has on children and teens. Powerful and heartbreaking, this is an invaluable resource." - Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees & Wannabes
The powder keg that is porn culture has exploded in the lives of North American children. From thongs and padded bras for 9-year-old girls to "sexting" and unfiltered social media, kids today are bombarded with commercial sexual appeals like never before. In the astonishing new documentary Sext Up KIDS, award-winning documentary filmmaker Maureen Palmer (Leaving Bountiful, How to Divorce and Not Wreck the Kids) explores what this radical transformation of the culture means for young people, parents, and our very notions of childhood. Palmer interviews researchers who have been tracking how the accelerating pressure to be sexy -- and sexual -- is changing kids' behavior and undermining their health. She sits down with parents and educators struggling to help kids navigate puberty in a hypermediated cultural environment that no longer seems to recognize or respect the developmental needs of children. And she talks to teens and pre-teens who share eerily casual insights into the routine role sex plays in their lives. The result is as stunning as it is informative - a powerful educational resource that's guaranteed to challenge and enlighten students in equal measure.
Directed by Maureen Palmer.
Produced by Rick LeGuerrier and Timothy M. Hogan of Dream Street Pictures in association with CBC.
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