Porn Proofing Today’s Children

by Jennifer Dryden

Recently I was given the book, Good Pictures Bad Pictures, by Kristen Jensen and Gail Poyner. After reviewing this book and hearing many statistics about pornography, I believe that this is a resource that I need to share with you. Here are some truths that the authors share in their book.

1. Young children are being exposed to internet pornography.

On average, a child will be exposed to some type of pornography by the age of eight. Many times as parents we put off discussing these sensitive issues with our kids because they make us uncomfortable. However, “the sad reality is that many children, all over the world, begin viewing hard core internet pornography long before their parents even consider discussing its dangers.”

2. Parents need to dialogue with kids about pornography.

Parents need to talk with their kids, before they become interested in it, and while they see their parents as a credible source of information.  As parents we need to discuss these issues first to “immunize our kids against the real harms of ‘picture poison’”. Good Pictures Bad Pictures is a great tool to assist you in this discussion.

3. Internet pornography is readily available to our children.

Even if they don’t have a mobile device, it is likely that their friends do. These devices make  pornography accessible, anonymous, and affordable.

4. Kids must develop their own internal filters.

Good Pictures Bad Pictures calls this “porn proofing.” The goal is to empower kids by teaching them what pornography is, why it’s harmful to their brains, and how they can minimize its impact once they have been exposed. This resource gives parents a plan to empower your child with cognitive skills to control their thoughts and impulsivity.

I highly recommend getting a copy of this book in order to begin the dialogue with your child and to equip and empower them.