Introducing How to Talk to Your Kids About Pornography
By Tina Mattsson
Our new book How to Talk to Your Kids About Pornography is the best tool available to educate you as the parent and your kids and teens about the dangers of pornography.
There is no longer any doubt your kids will be exposed to pornography at some point in their lives. Non-stop, instant access to the Internet fuels the epidemic that has become pornography addiction — and with the average age of first exposure now 11 (Weiss), kids are getting hooked earlier than ever. This makes it imperative for parents to get educated on the subject. And then they need to talk to their kids.
“Type ‘porn’ into Google, and you won’t see anything that looks like the old pinups; instead, you will be catapulted into a world of sexual cruelty and brutality, where women are subject to body-punishing sex and called vile names” (Dines, 2015).
Pornography is addictive, it alters a child’s developing brains, and it affects our children’s future relationships. We are left with no doubt that the far-reaching effects of pornography are in fact a public health crisis.
This is why we at Educate and Empower Kids wrote a new book called How to Talk to Your Kids About Pornography. This book is the best tool available to educate you as the parent and your kids and teens about the dangers of pornography.
There is evidence that the threat pornography possesses is starting to be recognized more widely. In case you missed the news a couple of weeks ago, Utah state senator Todd Weiler introduced a legislative resolution, SCR009, to declare pornography a public health crisis. The Utah Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted unanimously to move the bill to the senate floor for further discussion. As of Feb 24, the bill has passed 3 readings by the senate and has been moved to the house for its first reading there. If this bill passes, Utah would be the first state in the nation to recognize what many of us already know. Pornography is a public health crisis.
Once we recognize that pornography is a public health crisis, what can we do about it? How can we help our kids understand the damaging effects that modern-day porn inflicts on developing brains? Most of us feel fairly comfortable discussing the dangers and addictive nature of cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs. But the topic of pornography makes many parents bury their heads in the sand.
How to Talk to Your Kids About Pornography will help you determine the particular needs for your home, whether it’s clearer standards and guidelines, more monitoring, or more trust and connection. The little-known fact is, cultivating a deep connection with our kids is one of the best addiction prevention tools we have.
The book is organized into short, easy to follow lesson plans. They come complete with facts, starting points, discussion questions, and tips to make it easier for parents to start talking today.
Take advantage of this book to better prepare your child for the world. We can no longer claim ignorance to the damage caused by porn use. The research is out there. And now we have the tools to help combat this problem.
Tina Mattsson has a BA in Journalism with a minor in English. She is a mother, writer and advocate for children’s safety and education.
Weiss, R. (n.d.). The Prevalence of Porn. Retrieved February 24, 2016, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/sex/2013/05/the-prevalence-of-porn/
Dines, G. (2015). “Today’s Pornography and the Crisis of Violence Against Women and Children.” In Pornography: A Public Health Crisis. Symposium conducted by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation in Washington D.C.