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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - November is Child Safety and Protection Month, which is the perfect time for parents to talk to their children about using mobile technology safely and the dangers of internet pornography.

The average child starts viewing pornography at the age of 11 and four out of six 16-year-olds admit to using porn regularly. Cell phones and tablets make it easier for more kids to access porn. It’s easy, free, and seemingly endless.

Psychologist Tony Tramelli of West County Psychological Asoociates says technology has fueled the fire. Porn sites are getting more hits on a daily basis than Amazon, Netflix, and Twitter combined. Kids are experimenting with several sites, but the most popular are proving to be Snapchat, KIK, Vine, and Pornhub. And it isn’t just boys viewing porn. Girls may not be viewing it as much as the boys, and not as much for sexual desires, but more out of curiosity.

"My concern with girls viewing porn is that what they see makes them think that it is what is expected out of them in a relationship," Tramelli said.

Studies show that kids who are exposed to a significant amount of pornography without treatment can have problems that last a lifetime.

It seems as if kids are going to see things no matter what parents do, however, that doesn’t mean parents and guardians should let their guard down.

"Parents need to check their kids phones regularly, make sure they don’t have dangerous apps that can allow them secrecy to do things and also put restrictions on their phones and mobile devices,” said Jolan Dawson, sales specialist with Verizon Brentwood.

Verizon offers a feature called ‘Family Base,’ which does all these things. Each service provider has content filters available as well. All you have to do is ask them.