Three-quarters have seen a few by the age of 17

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Three-quarters of teens say they’ve viewed pornography online, and more than half say they were exposed to it by age 13, a new study suggests.

The “Teens and Pornography” report, released Tuesday by the nonprofit organization Common Sense Media, found that the average age reported for first viewing online pornography is 12 years old.

But 15% said they had seen online pornography at age 10 or younger. The report surveyed more than 1,350 teens aged 13-17 in September 2022.

The survey helps address a lack of research on teens and their exposure to pornography “and sets an extremely important baseline,” Common Sense Media founder and CEO James Steyer told USA TODAY.

The report also emphasizes that parents should discuss pornography in discussions about sex, relationships, birth control and other difficult topics, he said. “It’s time for all parents to start these tough conversations and help kids navigate online spaces more effectively,” he said.