What if you look at inappropriate stuff online?
The Internet is big, big, big - as big as the world. So when you are traveling around online, you can go to lots of places and see lots of things. Not all of them are right for you and some might make you feel kind of yucky. We recently received the comment below from a very honest person:
Okay. I'm not sure how to put this, but I think I'm not a good person. I went on YouTube and watched videos that were not meant for kids. I was just curious and it was only like 2 clips, but my parents found out and got really upset. Now I feel really ashamed and feel like I'm the only one in the world who has done this. I'm sorry if this is a long, awkward post, but I really have no one else to confide in. Thanks for any support you might be able to give me.
So first, we want to let Anonymous know that looking at inappropriate stuff does NOT make you a bad person. People are curious and it's normal to wonder about stuff you don't know much about - and have probably heard other people talking about. Anonymous is defnintely NOT the only person in the world who has ever done it. But that doesn't mean we recommend it. I would stay away from X-rated websites and YouTube videos of naked people.
If you have questions about growing up and sexuality, it's better to go to these sources:
- A parent, or older sibling
- A reliable website, like KidsHealth.org, which is run by doctors and other experts who will explain things in a respectful way, not a way that makes kids feel uncomfortable and awkward.
- Books, such as What's Happening to Me? There's a What's Happening to Me? book for boys, too.
The good news is that, as you get older, these topics will make more sense and you'll feel more comfortable. But right now, turn to reliable people, websites, and books to help you begin to understand them.