How do I handle my 10-year-old coming across pornography? If I discover that my teen is watching porn, how should I respond? How can I prevent my teen from viewing porn?
IIn the new digital age, it’s easy for our young people to find pornography, even when they aren’t looking for it. A recent study found that fifty percent of youth aged 11-13 reported being exposed to porn on the internet, yet most parents don’t believe their kids have ever seen it. For many teens today, pornography is a primary source of sex education and can have lasting consequences for mental health, sexual health, and relationships. Productive conversations with tweens and teens about pornography are crucial, but it can be an uncomfortable, tricky, and difficult topic for families.
Dr. Gail Dines, author, and founder and president of Culture Reframed, a non-profit devoted to building resilience to hypersexualized media and porn, will moderate a dynamic discussion and Q&A, featuring an interdisciplinary panel of the world’s top researchers, clinicians and parenting experts. In addition to demonstrating, through role-playing, ‘the porn conversation’, the panel will discuss the current research on pornography’s effects on adolescent development, provide evidence-based, practical suggestions for parents, educators and health providers, and answer parents’ questions in real-time.
WARNING: The content to be discussed is for mature audiences only, and may include references to sexual acts, sexual assault, and/or gender-based violence. Please ensure all audience members are 18 years old or older and that parents are away from their children when they are viewing the workshop.