Parenting in the Digital Age — A Helpful Article on Talking with Kids about Pornography
As a communications guy who lives at the center of social purpose and global engagement…I love the possibilities of what it means to live in the connected era. I am an optimist at my core, and so I view the internet as full of solutions, connections, creations and beauty.
But I am also a parent. And I know that living in a connected era also means helping my children navigate the realities of the dangers, addictions and traps that travel are now part of our world’s collective browser history. The internet age has opened up a new set of worries for parents like me.
In my volunteer capacity in my church congregation, I have the chance to talk with people about pornography more than I, or they, would like. While I have seen people conquer addiction with faith and love and great support from those around them, I have also seen the costs. It is a a conversation that takes place with people of all ages and backgrounds. It is never a comfortable topic for anyone, but I am always so happy when people find support and resources and the strength to confront the issue.
So, in summary, I am trying to figure out how to talk with young people about pornography. So I was so happy to see this courageous piece published by my friend and mentor Jane Randel. There is a lot in here to digest. But the one thing that stood out to me and my wife as we read the article is a truth that is ours to grapple with today: start as early as is appropriate. Start early. Start figuring it out now.
I want to know how to be ready for this conversation. I want my kids to be ready. I want to be having the conversation in the right way, at the right time. And I want “right” to always mean with love and honesty and courage. But I can use all the help I can get.
Thanks to so many who have been helpful in navigating this topic. I urge you to read this article. Have you found other articles that are helpful about talking with your kids about the dangers of pornography?
It’s great to live in a connected era…especially when parents and friends can connect to learn together. Thank you, Jane. And thanks to everyone who is part of protecting and cherishing and loving our children…and helping them navigate their future with confidence and courage.
Link to Jane’s article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jane-randel/parenting-in-the-digital-age-of-pornography_b_9301802.html