Discussing A Tough Topic

Discussing A Tough Topic

by Ashley Barkley, LPC
Acorn Counseling Services
940.222.8703 ext. 701
Ashley@AcornCounseling.Services

What is pornography?
Webster defines pornography as “the depiction of erotic behavior (as in pictures or writing) intended to cause sexual excitement.”  When speaking to children, pornography can simply be described as a picture or video of a person (people) with their clothes off.
 
Why does pornography matter?
Overtly as a culture, we would rather pretend pornography doesn’t exist or pertain to us.  In reality, startling statistics relate to both the usage and the emotional damage pornography manifests.  Children see explicit pictures and videos at early ages partly due to easy, and often unrestricted, internet access. Pornography damages brain development, self-esteem, and the ability to create and maintain healthy relationships.  Trust is destroyed in marital relationships.  Pornography also skews body image, distorts healthy sexual relationships, and creates unrealistic sexual expectations.

What can you do?
Talk to your family!  As strange as it may sound (or feel!) start discussions with your children while they are young about what pornography is and what to do if they see inappropriate images.  As parents, let’s introduce tough topics and open the door for discussion with our kids.  Explicit details and large amounts of information are not necessary.  A small discussion can go a long way in keeping kids safe and the lines of family communication wide open.  Set the standard that nothing is off-limits to talk about in your home!

I am passionate about this topic and love helping families navigate through the muddy waters of parenting.  Adolescents are also one of my favorite age groups to counsel.  Call or email with any questions or comments! You don’t have to do this alone.


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