Parents, these pages were designed to raise awareness of the scouge of pornography, provide resources to protect your homes and to suggest some tips for tackling difficult subjects, such as sexuality and pornography, with your children.
Pornography, The Stealth Intruder
In times past, parents took every precaution to protect their family from any intruder that looked to gain access to their family. The last line of defense was the threshold of their homes. A parent could control who or what entered into their castle. Times have changed and, with it, technology. Today, many intruders gain entrance to the home by means of technological stealth.
Among the most common familial intruders is internet pornography. This intruder has gained a foothold through the simple fact that it is more accessible within the home via the internet. We know that:
- In 1999, 47 percent of every American household had the internet access.
- By 2006, 84 percent of every American household had access to the internet (Kaiser Family Foundation).
- A 2008 study on emerging young adults revealed that 86 percent of men and 31 percent of women admitted to viewing pornography at least once a month.
The fact remains that parents must think through our strategies to protect our families from enemies “abroad and at home.”
Resources on Pornography for Parents
The Religious Alliance Against Pornography will host a free webinar on Thursday, April 21st at noon, and Tuesday, April 26th at 9 PM EDT. The webinar is designed to equip parents, grandparents, and leaders who minister to parents with tools, strategies, and a biblical understanding to help their families thrive in a sexualized, digital age. To register, visit www.religiousalliance.org
Top 12 Ways to Protect Your Family
Talking to Your Kids about the Gift of Sexuality
Guidance for Parents on:
Teach Kids to Be Safer Online
From the Pontifical Council for the Family: The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality: Guidelines for Education Within the Family
- The section starting at no. 77 particularly outlines stages of development in children and appropriate topics to bring up with them regarding purity and sexuality.