If anyone causes one of these little ones to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
FOR THE CHILDREN
Most of us agree. We must protect our children at all costs. They are not just our future. They are our lives right now. They are innocent and beautiful but always learning. They have beautiful gifts and abilities that need to be honed in an environment of real love and intentional, personal investment. They need to see real love portrayed in the lives of their parents and other trusted adults so they learn to love well and know the counterfeit when they see it. These kinds of children grow up with their hearts full of love ready to give it away in so many kinds of positive settings. Porn destroys a child's ability to know the positive narrative of love which is to be enjoyed by selflessly giving our lives away for the benefit of others and causes them to see love as only physical and something that they are entitled to or somehow empowered by. It becomes more about pleasure and power than sacrifice and service. It becomes more about taking what you can get when you can get it instead of looking for ways to honor and respect others. It becomes more about isolation than it does about growing together in real, authentic relationship. How do you guard your children against this? The gang at Protect Young Minds have released a book called Good Pictures, Bad Pictures as well as a Jr. Edition. You can find the books on our homepage.
TALK TO SOMEONE
If you are worried that you can't talk to your kids about porn, well, it doesn't get any easier. The truth is, they need you to approach subjects like porn or drugs with a sense of understanding and vigilance. They need to see that you are taking a stand, even though that stand may be a bit wobbly. They will appreciate you for it. If you need guidance, Please reach out to us us by filling out the form on our CONTACT page. We would be more than happy to help you and do a group reading of Good Pictures, Bad Pictures, along with a Q&A for parents to help you become more confident in talking to your kids. There's a fear that "if I talk to my kids, it will make them more curious and they will start looking at porn." That's simply not true. We can help explain why porn is harmful so they choose to not to let it have any affect on them. Protect their innocence.
DID YOU KNOW?
The average age a child finds porn for the first time is around 8 years of age because of hand-held smart devices. The average age a young boy or girl can get drawn into the addiction is around age 11. 20 percent of teens have sent or posted nude or semi-nude photos or videos of themselves. Our children are now creating pornography. The issue isn't IF my child finds pornography, it's WHEN and what will you do? Porn companies target children via online gaming sites (STEAM) and even children's sites that you thought were safe. They pervert Disney characters and other familiar cartoon characters to show them doing sexual acts. It's subtle and draws them in. Porn addiction in young minds create increased anger and isolationism. If you see this happening and it's not normal, you will need to find out why. Porn is a good starting point, if, for nothing else, to rule out the usage. We can help you create a non-judgmental environment in your home so that your children can talk to you about anything and you won't get angry. Sex is a part of life. They will get curious. We all do. Taking steps now will prevent your children from accepting the counterfeit version of love. Another thing. Filters. On our home page is an excellent filter that allows you or someone you trust to be notified in the event a porn site is accessed.