preschoolLast week a California preschool was shut down because a 5 year old girl was caught performing oral sex on a four year old boy.

Let that sink in.

Sadly, most of the other kids in the class witnessed this behavior on several occasions.

According to a report by ABC news, the father of one of the molested boys said,

“He told me about all the bad things that girl had been doing to him. It went down in the classroom, it went down in the bathroom and it went down on the playground.”

Apparently there were four alleged victims, but the entire class was affected.  Greg Owen, an attorney hired to represent the victims explained, “There were many children lying there and they watched these acts…that’s sexualizing a child at a young age.”

surprised boyUnfortunately, I don’t believe this is an isolated case. After confidential talks with other teachers, it’s my opinion that sexual acting out goes on in school settings more than most parents could imagine.

Watching these kinds of inappropriate behaviors has a similar effect on a child’s brain as looking at pornography. The brain becomes sexualized, and because kids are hardwired to imitate what they see, they start acting out.

Simple LimbicAnd when they do come across pornography, their brain is already primed for sexuality and even more vulnerable. Later, when the hormones begin to flow, looking at porn can quickly become an addiction.

It may be impossible to shelter our kids from all inappropriate sexual content, but we can begin to warn and educate them. Not only about appropriate touching, but also about appropriate viewing. Any child who has been sexualized at an early age needs to understand how dangerous and addictive pornography can be.

Kristen Jenson
Kristen A. Jenson is the founder of Protect Young Minds and author of Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-Proofing Today's Young Kids. Kristen enjoys speaking, writing and anything else that will help empower kids to reject pornography. Kristen earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, and a master’s degree in Organizational Communication. Kristen currently lives with her husband in Washington State, where she enjoys growing a vegetable garden, watching Masterpiece Theater, and taking long walks with friends who tolerate her incessant talking about you know what. Above all else, her husband and three children are her greatest treasures.