The Birds and The Bees and Pornography

Sep 21, 2012

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Five high school football players hired prostitutes while on a road trip in North Carolina last week. What makes this different than other stories is that the prostitutes were ordered online, like a pizza. The teens ordered them from their smartphones, which didn't have any kind of blocks on them to prevent access to inappropriate sites.

Teens these days are moving away from the computer to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets to get their porn fix. Gone are the days when the computer in the family room was teens' only access to the internet. The internet is everywhere they go. Such mobile devices are harder for parents to monitor, though there are filters available.

Parents need to take the plunge and talk to their kids about sex, frankly and honestly. Unfortunately, these days the talk also needs to include pornography and the harmful effects it has. Pornography is everywhere, and it's not a matter of if, but when, your teen will find it, whether purposefully or accidentally. This constant access to porn is twisting teens' views of sex because porn portrays sex unrealistically. The focus on having as much sex as possible and not worrying about building real, lasting, meaningful relationships with others will cripple teens when they grow up and try to form relationships of their own.

If you don't talk to your children about your views on pornography, someone else will. And there's no guarantee their views are good. Make sure you are the one teaching your kids about your views and as additional protection for them, consider the use of parental controls. Net Nanny can block inappropriate content and alert you if problems arise. If you want to talk to your kids about pornography, but don't know where to start, check out this webinar to learn 5 Things Kids Wish You Knew When Addressing Pornography.

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