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Annemarie Lange is a licensed professional counselor in the Philadelphia area that utilizes mindfulness and meditation to help her clients deal with a variety of challenges.
Feb 26, 2018
If your child has accidentally been exposed to pornography, it's normal to feel upset and concerned. As a parent, thinking of your child viewing online pornography is uncomfortable and scary. The reality is, though, it's not a matter of IF your child will view pornographic material, it's a matter of WHEN.
According to an article in Forbes magazine, the average age a child first views internet porn is 11 - shocking right? Well, it shouldn't be. In recent years, children are increasingly younger when using the internet unsupervised. In fact, most children in the United States have a cell phone by the time they are seven years old.
In a recent study posted by Shared Hope International, 42% of internet users age 10-17 years, admit to viewing online pornography. Before getting too concerned, consider that 66% of these children report they viewed this material accidentally while attempting to access age appropriate programs. This begs the conversation to parents and caregivers: how do we protect our children and if they do view pornography, how do we respond?
This education should include sexuality and internet safety. Here are some things to consider:
*Net Nanny® parental control software is known worldwide as the #1 porn blocking (porn filtering) software. Net Nanny® reviews web pages in real time and either blocks pornography and other mature content or warns you about it, according to your preferences. Net Nanny® includes pre-set monitoring features, which can easily be customized to meet the unique needs of each family member. You decide what type of content is appropriate for everyone.