When I was growing up, pornography was a lot harder to find. I couldn’t just jump on a computer or access the internet through my smart phone … as I had neither because the smart phone wasn’t invented and computers were scarce. These days, my little toddler and my children are around technology all the time. Not only that, media has become less conservative and even billboards on the side of the road are more risque. Because my children are exposed to this sort of media, it’s hard to teach them the difference between pornography and those who are just less modest.
For a family home evening (a time we spend together as a family), we talked about pornography and what to do when they see technology. I found this short 5 and a half minute video that helps children know that they have this body that does different things. It also discusses what to do when they see pornography.
To me it’s important that my children know that they’ve done nothing wrong. Pornography can create feelings and I never want them to feel guilty for what they’ve seen or heard. I want them to know that they are loved and their parents support them and will be there for whatever happens.
This video will not be for everyone and it’s by no means comprehensive but for my younger children, they understood the message and we were able to talk about it and they now have a plan for when this happens to them. As we didn’t want to overwhelm the younger children with all of this information, we watched the video, talked about it for 2 or 3 minutes, and then played a game.