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Talking to your Teen about Porn
(Featured resource)This resource aims to give parents the facts about porn and prepare them to engage in a conversation with their child about pornography. Talking about porn can seem daunting and off putting but it is important to raise your child with a strong understanding of sexual relationships and they won’t get that education from pornography.
Worried about your Child and Online Porn?
It’s no secret that pornography is readily available online. Should you be worried about your children accessing it? Many parents worry about online porn – its easy availability, the nature of the content, and the effects it can have on young people. The good news is that, despite the worrying picture, there are things that parents can do to make all the difference.
Young people encounter sexual images both online and offline. This can influence how they think about sex, relationships and their own body image - and it can make children feel confused, embarrassed, disgusted or worried.
How Can I Talk to my Child about Unhealthy Images?
It’s unrealistic to assume we can stop young people being exposed to unhealthy images, whether those are rape scenes in video war games or idealised views of women that make girls feel inadequate. Equally, we may not be able to stop children and young people seeing porn – but we can help them to be thoughtful about all of these visual images.
Sexting, Banter & Porn
In this video, you hear testimonies of young people who told their stories to the first parliamentary inquiry into sexual harassment in schools. This video talks about everything from young people’s experiences of sexting, so called banter and pornography. The report itself and this video highlights failings to support students who are being sexually harassed in schools.
Talking to your Kids about Pornography
This tip sheet aims to help parents talk to their children about pornography. It contains important steps to opening a dialogue about porn with young people. It states that you should start talking to kids at a young age about sexualised images through to establishing clear rules about visiting pornographic sites.