19 Oct 2011

When Children View Pornography

Great article. With the internet today, it only takes a couple clicks to get there…please use Internet software such as Covenant Eyes or K9 Web Protection or Net Nanny.

Full article here, bits below.

No healthy parent wants to think about his child viewing pornography, but it often happens. Some researchers have stated that the average age of exposure to pornography is down to 8. Before the days of the Internet, children were typically between the ages of 11 to 13 when they began by viewing soft-core pornography found in magazines like Playboy.

Today’s child lives in a culture where hard-core pornography abounds. Our children are being seduced daily, and we need to bear this fact in mind whenever we have the occasion to redirect them away from pornography.

It is also extremely important that parents not direct all their efforts toward their sons at the expense of their daughters. Pornography and other sexualized media can adversely affect girls as well as boys and often leads to significant damage in their ability to form healthy relationships as an adult.

Did my child view pornography intentionally?

I’m convinced that children are victims of a covert form of sexual abuse1 whenever they are confronted with sexually provocative materials. With this in mind, our children need us to be healthy advocates for their well-being – even if we must confront their willful exposure to porn.

If a child has been found with pornography, it’s important to not jump to conclusions. A harsh, impulsive interrogation will most likely just shut down your child. An unhealthy shame often leads to more acting-out with pornography.

You will want to learn how your child found pornography. For example, did someone introduce your child to pornography? Mental health professionals recognize the power differential that occurs as result of age, and if the person who introduced the pornography was older by three or four years, it constitutes a type of sex abuse.2 These incidents should be reported to local authorities.

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3 responses to “When Children View Pornography”

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    I didn’t think even the worst parents allowed kids to view porn! That this COULD be discussed is an outrage, and they who allow kids to view porn should be charged with child abuse and child endangerment!

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      Sep01Ali The wetirr has touched an issue that is very common but rarely discussed. But I think divorce is a very strong reaction and she must have tried to get him into a therapy first.This is not something he opted to do, he was forced into it by his circumstances. If you are sexually frustrated and have sleepless nights due to that, only then you can know how hard it is to stop yourself from porn that is so easily available nowadays.

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    Reading this article made me think about what is said at how parents should not direct all their efforts toward their sons at the expense of their daughters. The good news is, most parents don’t. However, some go to the opposite extreme and put their daughters’ welfare ahead of their sons’, and this is a topic so worth mentioning it should not be limited to an article of this nature. Of course, porn is such a serious problem adults should avoid porn at all costs.

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