A recent survey of 14-16 year old students indicated that nearly a third of them had viewed pornography when they were 10 years old or younger (Psychologies Magazine). Sadly, an 8-year-old child from a local Catholic family recently taught other young children how to access internet pornography. According to research in the Journal of Adolescent Health, using pornography leads to: beliefs that superior sexual pleasure is attainable without affection towards partners, beliefs that promiscuity is the natural state, and cynical attitudes about love. Despite these challenging times, there is a new explosion of positive and encouraging Catholic resources about love and sexuality that are bringing inspiration and providing “antidotes” to thousands of families! Here are 7 practical tips to protect your family from pornography and help them to experience happy and thriving marriages in the future!
Internet Safety for Families
Isn't it strange that people used to have to go out of their way to find pornography, but now we have to go out of our way to avoid it? Sexually explicit material is easily available through smart phones, tablets, and pretty much any electronic device that has internet access. Sadly, there was a recently an 8-year-old from a local Catholic family taught other young children how to find pornography on an iPad & how to erase the internet history.
Here is a 1-page flyer for internet safety that was professionally designed called 7 Steps to Protect your Family from Pornography. Parents, please send this to your friends, and we're all in this together! Even if we do a great job protecting our kids, what about their friend's parents? Many Catholic parishes have put this flyer in Church bulletins, handed them out to parents at Mass, PTO meetings, Mothers of Young Children, Knights of Columbus, etc. Contact Sam Meier at 913-647-0378 or firstname.lastname@example.org for practical info on how you can use this form for other parents at your parish.
Here is the information on the 7 Steps flyer:
7 Steps to Protect you Family from Pornography
1. Protect all internet devices - computers, cell phones, tablets, eReaders, iPods, MP3 players, video game systems, etc. - with filtering and accountability software such as CovenantEyes.com, EverAccountable.com, NetNanny.com and OpenDNS.com. Dads, think back to when you were growing up, and can you imagine how tough of a temptation it would be to have a smartphone or iPad in your room? Let’s do our children and teens a favor by making sure they keep internet devices in a public area of the house and outside of their room, especially at night. Let’s talk to our children and teens regularly about their internet accountability reports and help them turn in internet devices at a certain time each night. It is important to be very cautious about giving children and teens data plans on cell phones.
2. Provide positive “antidotes” with new & inspiring Catholic resources about love and sexuality! Positive and encouraging Catholic websites, CDs and books about love and sexuality have exploded in the last 5-10 years thanks to new teachings about sex and marriage from the Theology of the Body (TOB). Seriously parents, let’s all spend time with our teens on a monthly basis or more with TOB resources! Jason and Crystalina Evert, Leah Darrow, Matt Fradd, Sarah Swafford, ChastityProject.com and TOBforTeens.com have life-changing resources for teens and young adults. Christopher West, Mary Shivanandan, and Ron and Kathy Feher have incredible resources for young adults and adults.