- 9 in 10 boys and 6 in 10 girls are exposed to pornography before the age of 18 
- Of the youth that have seen pornography online, 94% had seen it by age 14 
- 40% of teens have created a sexual image or video of themselves, and a quarter have sent this to someone else 
- 53% of boys and 39% of girls who have seen porn believe it’s a realistic depiction of sex 
- 44% of boys and 29% of girls who have seen online pornography say it’s given them ideas about the types of sex they want to try out 
- Of minors who have seen online pornography, about 60% saw it for the first time at home 
- 39% of boys and 23% of girls have seen sexual bondage online 
- The Nature and Dynamics of Internet Pornography Exposure for Youth (access here)
- NSPCC and Middlesex University London Report (access here)
- Under Pressure ChildLine Review (access here)
WHAT YOUTH ARE SAYING…
I didn’t like it because it came on by accident and I don’t want my parents to find out and the man looked like he was hurting her, he was holding her down and she was screaming and swearing. I know about sex but it didn’t look nice. It makes me feel sick if I think about my parents doing it like that. (Female, age 11-12)
Sometimes [I feel] disgusted – other times alright. (Male, age 13)
If didn’t watch some porn I wouldn’t know what to do. My girlfriend enjoys what I do. (Male, age 15-16)
Some people will say they haven’t seen it but they probably have. (Female, age 14)
On popular hashtags on instagram, which younger children can access, there are some explicit pictures. Makes me feel irritated that people can come across these when they don’t want to or have tried to. (Female, age 13-14)
Over 18 is a clear-eyed examination of modern pornography and its effects on kids, teens, parents, and porn stars. In addition to interviews with porn producers, ex-porn stars, and academics, directors Jared and Michelle Brock highlight the story of Joseph, a 13 year-old boy who is recovering from a porn addiction that he fell into when he was nine years old. The film compares what porn used to be in the magazine era and what it’s become in the age of the internet, and demonstrates why kids in particular are susceptible to addiction.
THE FILM AS A RESOURCE
Over 18 has been screened in various community settings, including universities, parent-teacher associations, churches, NGOs, and Canada’s Parliament. Each context adds a unique element to the screening, be it legislative, recovery-focused, faith-based, or education-oriented. The film provides parents, teachers, and others who interact with children with a deeper understanding of the growing epidemic of hardcore porn usage, and proposes solutions for preventing exposure and addiction.
We want to educate parents about what their kids are being exposed to online and encourage them to talk with them about it. But conversations aren’t enough. We also think that adult websites should be mandated to install meaningful age verification systems so that no one under the age of 18 can access their highly addictive material. This new law would help protect our kids online and provide an easy and effective way for parents and caregivers to prevent their children from being exposed to pornography.
Jared Brock / Co-director
Jared is the co-founder of Hope for the Sold, a charity that fights exploitation one word at a time through writing, speaking, and film. He is the director of Red Light Green Light and Over 18, and is the author of A Year of Living Prayerfully. He is happily married to his best friend, Michelle. Jared’s writing has appeared in Huffington Post, Writer’s Digest, Esquire, and Relevant Magazine.
Michelle Brock / Co-Director
Michelle co-founded Hope for the Sold with her husband, Jared, and is the co-director of Red Light Green Light and Over 18. She was raised in Ethiopia and Finland and has been part of social justice initiatives several countries. She currently lives in Ontario, Canada, where she laments the serious lack of Mexican food.
David Paisley / Executive Producer
Dave likes to live small and dream big. He was born and raised in the small town of Elmira, Ontario, where he’s worked with youth for over 10 years. He has a passion for seeing young people overcome porn and whatever other obstacles may hold them back from reaching their full potential physically, mentally and spiritually.
Dave McSporran / Producer
Dave McSporran is the owner of Bottled Media, an Ontario-based video production company. A graduate of the Toronto Film school with honours, his work has appeared online and on national TV around the world. 6 million+ viewers have seen his work in the past 5 years. He’s happily married to Mandy and loves being a dad.
James Maunder / Editor
James is the lead editor at Bottled Media. He graduated from Mohawk College with a diploma in Broadcasting, Television and Communications Media, and currently lives in Burlington, Ontario.
Drew Hewitt / CINEMATOGRAPHER
Drew is a freelance cinematographer based in Burlington, Ontario. He loves seeing life through a camera lens and tries to capture the subtle nuances of the world with every project. He is a devoted kombucha consumer.
Hope for the Sold is an abolitionist charity that fights exploitation one word at a time through writing, speaking, and film.