THE PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY
Parents have “The Talk” to teach their kids about the birds and the bees. A second talk regarding sexual development happens around middle school and is given by a guidance counselor or health teacher to discuss anatomy, pregnancy, HIV, STD’s, boundaries and safety. Our middle school aged kids, then discover their own sexuality; on their own. Most children do that online. When you then combine the ubiquitous nature of online pornography, cell phones in the hands of kids, busy parents, and a lack of a discussion in our schools, or churches, we now find our kids discovering ‘sex-ed’ in 2019 online on their own. Pornography is so normalized, that people will say “it’s just porn” without realizing how big of an effect this content can have, or how dramatically the viewing of this content can affect kids.
Because of this confluence of external conditions, parents now need to have another talk with their kids. The Third Talk™ parents need to have with their kids is about online pornography. Parents need to discuss the social and psychological reasons their children should not view this content and the conversation needs to happen early; before a child’s first exposure. The average age children in the US first see pornography is 12 years old! 9 years old and even 8 are common.