Why You Need to Talk
to Your Teen About Porn

The Internet affords us all kinds of incredibly useful information in just a matter of seconds. We just "google it". Having access to such quick information makes us all wiser, healthier, and as informed as we choose to be. 

Unfortunately, the Internet also has a dark side. Just as anyone with access can tap into wonderfully useful information, anyone with access can also tap into horribly damaging information. Anyone, including our children.

Internet Pitfalls for Kids

Children with unbridled/unmonitored Internet access can find themselves lost in the sea of "damaged for life". The teens years are so risky. Teens haven't quite grown all their effective reasoning brain cells, yet they take it upon themselves to make some really big, (or even seemingly small decisions), that can have a grave impact on the rest of their lives. 

One of those damaging decisions is the choice to watch pornography. When I was young, pornography was stolen glimpses of a magazine. We never saw anybody "doing it".

What a child can see these days...well...there's just no limit to what can be seen. While I am no prude, I am firm in my belief that pornography is not for children. Further, children must be protected from pornography at all costs. 

Come on Sara...

Is it really that bad? I mean...isn't looking at porn just a teenage right of passage, especially for boys? 

Well, the short answer is "No".

Recognizing that the short answer probably leaves you feeling hanging a bit, I have connected with the fab folks over at HelpYourTeens.com. In addition to the great resources on their website, they shared the below infographic to explain how the teen brain reacts to watching pornography, and what warning signs to look out for.

How Pornography Addiction Affects the Teenage Brain – Infographic
Learn How Pornography Addiction Affects the Teenage Brain – Infographic

So now that you're convinced this is an important issue, how do you have the conversation?

Check out these articles for a bit of help in that area: 

How to Talk to Your Kids About Porn - New York Times

I Caught My Child Looking at Porn Now What Do I Do? - Huff Post

How to Talk About Cyberporn with Teens - Dr. Ruth Westheimer