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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," 24-7 internet porn, and unfiltered social media, kids today are bombarded with commercial sexual appeals like never before.
In this astonishing new documentary, 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 a stunning exploration of the sexualization of childhood and a startling wake-up call for parents who still think their own children are immune to the excesses and influences of today's sexed-up youth culture.

Directed by Maureen Palmer, and produced by Rick LeGuerrier and Timothy M. Hogan of Dream Street Pictures in association with CBC.

Viewer Discretion Advised: Contains Sexual Imagery & Language

Directed by Maureen Palmer. Produced by Rick LeGuerrier and Timothy M. Hogan of Dream Street Pictures in association with CBC.

"Sext Up KIDS illuminates the profound, and devastating, impact our hypersexualized culture has on children and teens. Giving real-life examples of the serious ramifications for kids when their private sexual lives become public, this important new film inspires teens and parents to have strong and open communication about sexuality and healthy relationships. Powerful and heartbreaking, this is an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, professors, health care professionals, and anyone concerned about the well-being of children and teenagers." - Rosalind Wiseman | Author of Queen Bees & Wannabes

"Sext Up KIDS takes an unflinching look at the issues girls confront every day in the contemporary hyper-mediated sexual environment. By opening up discussions of these crucial topics, it will be an invaluable teaching tool." - Meenakshi Gigi Durham, Ph.D. | Author of The Lolita Effect: The Media Sexualization of Young Girls and What We Can Do About It

"Sext Up KIDS, starting with the 'princess obsession' at age two, effectively demonstrates how growing girls are bombarded by television, songs, music videos, clothing ads, and all forms of social media to believe that what matters most is how they look and how 'hot' they are. Through interviews with kids, teachers and other experts, Sext Up KIDS shows how these hypersexualized images are damaging the emotional health of both girls and boys." - Dr. Anita Gurian | Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry | NYU School of Medicine

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