A small production team in Guelph hopes to leave a big and lasting impact with their latest film, which documents the prevalence of pornography addictions amongst children and youth. 

Jared and Michelle Brock hope to go on a Canadian tour with their film Over 18 after they finish production in August. 

The documentary focuses on the story of a young boy named Joseph, who first stumbled across pornography when he was eight years old, and who refers to himself as a "recovering porn addict."

Addicts are young

"By the time he was nine, he was fully addicted to violent, hardcore pornography," Jared Brock said.

'Ninety per cent of boys under the age of 18 have looked at porn and 60 per cent of girls.' - Jared Brock

"When [his parents] eventually figured it out, they had to do a radical amputation – cut him off all the internet. It took about two years to get him back to normal."

Brock said he and his wife interviewed other children struggling with pornography addictions, as well as experts in the field of addictions and people working in the pornography industry.

He said the purpose of the film is to "put a human face on pornography," and to get Canadians talking about how easy it is for children to access adult content online.

Shocking statistics

"Ninety per cent of boys under the age of 18 have looked at porn and 60 per cent of girls," Brock said, citing statistics he uncovered during research for the film. 

"The stuff that they're accessing isn't the Playboy that the previous generation saw – breasts in a magazine. It's body-punishing sex."

Ultimately, Brock hopes the film can be used to encourage the federal government to make it much harder for children to stumble across pornography.

He said all a young person has to do to access online pornography is to click a button confirming they are over the age of 18. 

"That's really not good enough, when it takes three clicks to get to violent, violent sex," Brock said.

He would like to see a more meaningful age verification system in the future.