So I was exposed to sexual media when I was pretty young (10-11?) and I've been consuming it ever since (I'm in my early teens). Recently I've seen a lot of people discussing how it is unhealthy and harmful for younger people to be exposed to sexual content, and I admit that I agree with them. I've noticed that I sometimes use that content as a distraction from life even when I'm not in the mood, and it has probably skewed my view of sex, relationships, body image, as well as given me some internalized transphobia. I've become a very sexual person and I think about it so much, but maybe that also has to do with hormones and the fact that I was already a very sexual person (when I was young I was very curious about it). I feel very guilty that sexual media has become a normal part of my life when I'm this young. So now I'm wondering: Do I need to stop or limit my consumption? If so, how can I do that? How do I know whether I have an addiction or not? I'm worried that I won't be able to stop. I need it as a distraction while I masturbate otherwise I would think of my own body and get dysphoria/insecurities. There are only some specific scenarios/fantasies where I'm distracted enough that I don't need any media.
Also, I'm curious about this topic in general: How do we keep this type of media from harming tweens/teens? In my opinion, the solution is to educate them on internet safety and how porn/smut can be unrealistic or even harmful, since we can't shelter them from it forever. Of course with younger children, we need to monitor their internet usage. The problem is, some parents take that too far and it becomes invasive in the older years. It's normal for tweens/teens to explore sexuality in this way, but how do we let them do that while still keeping them safe? I'd like to hear your thoughts on this.