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Published October 18, 2012, 05:51 PM

More children are learning sex education online

Foreman, ND (WDAY TV) -- It used to be that children got their first sex education from their parents, but the Internet is changing that for many. A new documentary takes a look at how technology and pornography are shaping the sexual identity of young girls.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Foreman, ND (WDAY TV) -- It used to be that children got their first sex education from their parents, but the Internet is changing that for many. A new documentary takes a look at how technology and pornography are shaping the sexual identity of young girls.

As today's children grow up, many are getting their sex education from the adult videos they find online.

Phyllis Wyum is a health teacher in Foreman, North Dakota. She says that can be a harmful reality.

Wyum: "Because junior high and teens still are quite impressionable, I think that it could be very disturbing for them and give them sort of a distorted version of the reality."

The documentary, "Sexy Baby" examines how technology and pornography are shaping the sexual identity of young girls.

It follows three young women, focusing on how the media has shaped, or is shaping, their self-image.

But there are consequences when sex education is not coming from an educational source.

Wyum: "We need to help them to understand that sex is not just an act. There is so much more to it and it should be part of a healthy relationship and we want them to understand the consequences that go along with it."

Wyum says the media images that children are bombarded with can be hard to battle.

She tries to tell her classes that what they are seeing is only part of the big picture.

Wyum: "We need parents as partners with us in this process of learning."

The documentary has a limited release tomorrow and a November Video On Demand release.

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