Is Porn a Teenage Issue

Teen Self Esteem: Is Porn a Teenage Issue? 

Pornographic materials are widely available on the internet. I recently went online to find a picture for a blog about casual sex, and I was appalled at the amount of pornographic material that instantly popped up. Viewing porn requires no money, purchases, credit cards or even a confirmation of age. If this doesn’t make you uncomfortable as a parent, something is wrong.

Porn can have a negative impact on teen self esteem. Not only does it promote false ideas about sexual relationships, but it can also contribute to poor body image in teens. If you want to avoid teenage issues, it’s best to ensure your kids don’t have access to porn.

1. Be Honest About Reality

No parent wants to have to talk to their kids about porn, but staying silent might be creating more risks. You don’t have to get into the gory details. Instead, make it clear that the things that are displayed in pornographic videos and images are not indicative of what sex is like. Healthy sex is a sacred act of intimacy between people in loving and committed relationships, and regularly watching porn can warp a young person’s ideas about life.

2. Go Over a Safety Plan

If you want to avoid frightening teenage issues with the internet, it’s a good idea to discuss what your teens should do if they come across any disturbing situations. This could include anything from a video depicting illegal or dangerous activities to private messages from a person who might be predatory.

Make sure your teens understand that the first thing they should do is come to you. If you feel something illegal is going on, you can report the incident at the Internet Crime Complaint Center. If the incident involves sexual messages, images or video, you can find help at Cyber Tip Line.

3. Use Parental Controls

Did you know you can lock devices to ensure adult content isn’t available? A variety of programs allow you to do this. Windows comes with some built-in parental controls, and you can also block certain websites using your router.

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