Issues of teenage sexuality are often fraught with controversy, as different standards of morality can clash when it comes to topics such as sexual education, contraceptives, premarital sex, and other hot-button issues. When faced with teen sexuality issues, we often don’t know where to turn, for fear of being judged or drawn into an argument. But being armed with knowledge is your (and your child’s) best weapon against heartbreak — or worse.
These videos offer parental support and information on topics such as how to keep your child safe online from sexual predators, what to do if you think your child is addicted to pornography, and how to open those sensitive conversations with your child that will help them develop healthy and respectful attitudes towards sex.
What Can Parents Do to Battle Internet Pornography?
Parents are often not aware of the increasingly accessible sexually explicit content through the internet pornography sites and cyber sex outlets. The discussion of sex and sexuality is an uncomfortable topic. Furthermore, sex is often learned and understood through the media, social media, and children’s peers. Parents may be naïve or be in denial that sex sites, such as pornography sites can lend themselves to create an addiction among children. As a result of avoiding the potentially awkward conversations concerning sex, the behavior is enabled and in effect reinforced.
Internet pornography can be actively combated through parents and children seeking to open communication channels regarding sex, sexuality and curiosity concerning sex through holding conversations about sex and how to maintain a safe internet exploring environment. Creating a safe internet environment can be achieved by consistently monitoring child internet activities or asking child if they have questions or concerns regarding material that may exist on the internet. Talking about sex and its various manifestations on the internet and various outlets can create anxiety among parents, but opening communication and establishing an atmosphere of trust about sex can function as a combatant against pornography addiction and sexual predation.
Unawareness concerning pornography addiction and sexual predation that occurs via internet access stems from:
- Parents lacking the knowledge and awareness of how easily accessible sexually explicit sites are for children to access.
- The avoidance of conversations concerning sexuality and sexual curiosity between parents and their children.
- Lack of censoring the children’s computer usage.
- The issue exists from the reality that sex is learned through media outlets such as television, social media, or is learned and understood through peer conversations.
- This is a topic that at the present time families and society are reluctant to further discuss the topic and how sexualized society has become.
Roberto Peña, Jr., MSW, LCSW, CADC
Fox Valley Institute
640 N. River Road, Suite 108
Naperville, IL 60563
630.718.0717 ext. 220