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Boys and Porn

He will see porn – sooner than you can imagine.

You won’t be ready for him to see it – and he won’t be ready either!

AND you can’t unsee it once you have seen it…

 

On average, in America, he’ll see porn for the first time by the age of 9.

Sometimes even younger…like the mom who is outraged with Amazon because her 6 year old boy typed “realistic” into their search box – he was looking for a Batman cake topper. What he saw was not at all related, and was more realistic than any of us would like to think!

Unfortunately, just like this boy, as kids become more at ease in the on-line world, the average age will keep getting lower – and the chances for accidentally seeing something inappropriate keep getting higher.

Did you ever put him in the car without making sure his seatbelt was fastened?

His physical safety is a priority for you, always.

Now, with the prevalence of porn, you may be jeopardizing his physical, emotional, AND intellectual safety:

  • If you haven’t talked with him early about body parts and healthy sexuality.
  • If you haven’t talked with him about what adults do in a loving relationship.
  • If you haven’t talked with him about his growing, developing body.
  • If you haven’t talked with him about girls and their growing, developing bodies.

You might as well put him in a race car – unbuckled.

At the point when he sees porn, his lack of safety will be your responsibility – and perhaps your guilt, because HE WILL SEE IT

  • It may be as a surprise image popping onto his ipad screen.
  • It may be a friend or older brother showing off what he’s found – and he’ll have to go along to “save face” because you haven’t taught him refusal skills.
  • He may have innocently googled a word that’s led him to “a cornucopia…of stuff.”
  • And if he hasn’t actually seen porn yet, he’s heard about it, guaranteed.

And even if he hasn’t seen pornography as we think of it – do you think he isn’t noticing the latest Ralph Lauren commercial?

And even if he hasn’t seen pornography as we think of it – if he plays video games, he’s already been over-exposed to unrealistic images of bodies and the treatment of women.

Do your own research: note how often women’s bottoms are shown in his video game of choice. As Damon Beres writes in The Huffington Post, “Games often emphasize the rumps of female characters while male characters have their posteriors hidden.” (This may seem harmless. You may think, “Oh, he’s so young, he won’t notice.” Problem is – it begins to foster a culture of unrealistic expectations and views of women.)

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But I digress.  Back to PORN:

Current statistics are:

  • 92% of boys are exposed to porn on-line
  • 62% of girls are exposed to porn on-line

What are you doing right now to protect them?

Remember, the images he sees are not your father’s Penthouse or Playboy magazines.

The images he sees and hears will be in living color and very, very realistic.

He may be shocked AND he may also be very curious.

Most of all, he can’t ‘unsee’ what he’s already seen.

SO, what are you doing RIGHT NOW to keep him safe and prepare him BEFORE he sees any inappropriate images?

As Amy Lang of Birds and Bees and Kids, advises, you begin by having conversations – many conversations.

They will be short, awkward, and embarrassing — and even more so, the older your boy gets.

But just like you’d jump in front of a train to save your child, you’ve got to jump into these complex and awkward conversations – and be prepared to jump into them over and over again!

Amy says you must convey to them early and often: ”Sex is for adults, not for children. Just like alcohol and coffee.”

Is porn harmful?

Yes, to our kids it is.

As an adult, you can make your own educated choices.

It is up to us to communicate to our children that pornography conveys an unrealistic view of a healthy sexual relationship between two loving adults.

Among other things, porn conveys unrealistic views and expectations about:

  • Violence
  • Racial stereotypes
  • Body types
  • Women – disrespect, mistreatment
  • Sexual actions
  • Relationships between men&men; men&women; women&women

Above all, it can be highly addictive.

In the New Zealand Herald, ‘Nick’ tells his story of watching porn when he got his first laptop at age 15 and was soon watching it for up to two hours a day.

He said, “It quickly escalated and it was every day. What I was watching, it definitely got more extreme over a short period of time. There was nothing that would give me a kick. Normal stuff didn’t do anything anymore, so I had to get more and more extreme material. It was disturbing stuff that disturbed me.”

He went on to say that he had trouble being attracted to females as his sexuality was “completely wired towards porn.” Only after undergoing a 100-day porn-fast was he able to return to normal sexual relationships.

Let that serve as “worst-case” scenario for you.

What do you do now?

You fasten their safety belts!

You put on your mama-bear-armor and your papa-bear-armor and you make it a priority to install parental controls and monitoring software on ALL devices.

You make sure his friend’s parent’s have done the same.

You educate yourself, you practice the conversations, and – above all, you remain calm, cool, and collected when he tells you about what he saw on his friend’s iphone the other day…


Educating yourself is your best defense!

Bundle #2 “He’s Growing Up – Quickly” includes the interviews, “The Birds & the Bees – How to Talk with Him about Sex and Healthy Sexuality” and “More Birds & Bees – How to Talk with Him about Pornography”

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4 Responses to Boys and Porn

  1. Traci says:

    Thank you..thank you.. thank you!!!! As I mother of three boys and working full-time, thanks for make it it easy for me and creating and curating such an informative, caring, website.
    Love the title!
    Warmly,
    Traci Paige Johnson

    • Janet says:

      Hi Traci, I’m so glad you consider this a valuable place for supporting you as a busy mom! We’re here, cheering you on! Warmly, Janet

  2. Dawn says:

    Excellent piece! I think as moms and dads that we don’t want to think that this is the world that our precious boys are growing up in. But, reality demands that we be vigilant in keeping the line of communication open. I always ask my son if he understood what we are talking about no matter how embarrassed he may feel at the time. We have to give our boys clear boundaries that are healthy for them and a safe place to land. Good job!

    • Janet says:

      Thanks Dawn – It is such a difficult topic to tackle but, as Amy says, WE HAVE TO! Our kids will be embarrassed, we’ll be awkward, and we just have to plow through it all. We want them to learn from us, not from their un-informed friends! Thanks for reading creating that safe place for your boy to land! Awesome job mama! Janet

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