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Gee, it must have been so easy raising Christian children in biblical times! No TV, no internet, so sexting, no constant barrage of sexual imagery to tempt and confuse our kids--NOT! Since the dawn of man, teens and tweens have found ways to satisfy their curiosity about sexuality but some ways are healthier than others.
Talking to Your Kids about Porn
Publication Date:
6/23/2010
Pages:
0
Session(s)
1
Product Type:
Internet Download
Parenting Study, Parenting Study
Product Number:
TC8035

In 1964, Justice Potter Stewart famously stated "I shall not today attempt further to define [obscene or pornographic content] . . . but I know it when I see it."

Many parents today feel the same way. With the broadcast media full of sexual images and magazines offering the latest tips on "driving your man/woman wild," it's hard to know where to draw the line with what is acceptable for our kids to see. Is Michelangelo's David, with its detailed representation of the naked male body, art or something you would prefer your daughter not see? Is "sexting" pornography or high-tech flirting? At what point does a writing, drawing, or photo cease being creative art and become porn?

And it's just as challenging to raise the issue when you know that line has clearly been crossed.

Previous generations may have hidden "girlie" magazines under the mattress, but with teens' near-unlimited access to the Internet, most parents accept that they can't control everything their children see. And if they do discover their child accessing objectionable sites, they may wonder "Is my child really seeking out pornography or just satisfying a natural curiosity?"

As uncomfortable as it may make you feel, communicating with your child and providing accurate information regarding sexuality is critical. Where does your child find accurate information regarding body parts, functions, hygiene, sexual intercourse, intimacy, and sexual orientation? Where does he or she find accurate information regarding safe sex, abusive sex, respect for her or his body, or STDs?

One way or another, you're going to have to find out! And this study can help. Reflection questions for parents and groups are included.

Faye Burdick is an elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and a retired editor. She edited The Roots of Youth Ministry series and God's Plan for Growing Up resources.


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