The High Court of Eastern Denmark has ruled that the foreign exchange organization Language Educations Danmark some places known as Speak Education was wrong when they sent a boy home because we watched porn when he was in Utah as an exchange student.
Watching porn is a so integrated part of being a teenager in Denmark, that the exchange organization should have written it in the contracts just as they do with drugs and alcohol.
In Denmark it is legal for Danish teenagers to buy and consume alcohol as long as the alcohol percentage is lower that medical safe limit of 16.5. There are no legal limit set about how much alcohol they can consume but it is recommended that they drink less than 14 beers or glasses of wine per week.
Because denying alcohol for young Danes is equal to make the choice of isolating themselves socially, there has been a strict rule that boarding schools or exchange organization should write how the rules are so the teenagers know that seeing a foreign country or choosing a year on 100 percent focus on your academics has a pricetag. For some the price is too heavy to pay and then they can say no and go to normal schools like the most of young Danes do.
There is no academic reason choosing to be an exchange student. The Danish department of Education does not approve credits from foreign high schools as their academic standards lack on the social part. They typically has no friday bars where the students can socialize or beers and glasses of wine. So exchange students come home a full year behind their old schoolmates.
So much for alcohol and drugs.
But the ruling from the high court also means that the exchange students organization has to enter another chapter in their contract unless they want to lose in court and pay the money they owe the families for breaking obivious rules.
Watching porn for Danish youth is a vital part of the rite of passage towards adulthood. In Danish schools students first learn about sex at the age of 10. It has been so because the society needs to learn the children what some adults really want from them when they try to lure them with candy etc. In Denmark the number of teenage pregnancies are very low as result of this approach and we have been way better recognize offenders catching them early before they are able to damage a lot of children.
Porn is of course not reality. It is acted. The children learn that in school. It is not only boys who watch porn. They now make porn specifically aimed at women seen from the womens point of view.
So when a 16 year old boy watched porn in Utah, he was doing a natural thing. From what I can read on the Internet no exchange students from Denmark should ever be sent to Utah in the future as local laws prevent them from growing up being productive responsible adults. I do not know what a full year missing out of watching porn could do to a young teenager, but I guess that the process of re-integration would be hard when even more factors need to be taken into consideration.
I know that there are alcohol parties for young exhange students when they return to Denmark so they can continue their education as others but how do you adjust them to the freedom of watching sex?
For now I recommend that you should choose otherwise if you are thinking of becoming an exchange student and of course avoid Speak Education because their contract makes you pay a fine if you complain.