By Eddie Capparucci, LPC, CSAS, CPCS
It’s not unusual for parents to dread having the “talk” with their children about sex. It’s certainly uncomfortable, and it can be very challenging to find the right words to discuss such a sensitive topic. But if you don’t have that talk, your kids will still learn about sex. And most likely they will learn from watching pornography.
It is estimated that over 35% of kids between the ages of 10-14 have seen pornography. The problem is it’s too accessible. Just one wrong click or a child’s curiosity regarding a word or topic they heard their peers discussing at school, can lead to young eyes being exposed to some very heavy and dark stuff.
Most children, when they first are exposed to pornography are shocked and even frightened by the images. But again, curiosity gets the better of them, and they go back to check it out again and again. Their young brains are being trained to receive unhealthy doses of dopamine, a pleasure enhancing neurochemical that ultimately contributes to addictive behavior. Continue reading “Don’t Worry About Having the “Talk” with Your Kids, Porn is Teaching Them”