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Here's What Happened When I Talked To My Kids About Pornography

Updated: Oct 23, 2022

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I recently discovered that one of my children came across inappropriate videos on YouTube. This isn't the first time the topic has come up but its definitely the first time I felt like I wasn't prepared for the conversation. So I did what everyone does when they need info, I Google it: "How to Talk to Your kids About Pornography". And then I prepared for the conversation.

Thankfully, I had heard of this book Good Pictures, Bad Pictures, Jr. by Kristen Jenson, that had been highly recommended. I quickly downloaded the Kindle version for less than $10 and we all sat down to cuddle & read on the couch.

(I’m so grateful that I didn’t have to wait for the actual book, although I will be ordering the hard copy)

The book completely covered all angles that needed to be discussed in a way that even my 4-year-old could understand.

A few days later I followed up with more questions and a reminder when they were using tablets again.

Then this happened!

My youngest came running into the bathroom to tell me that she had seen a bad picture on her cousins tablet. We went into more details and I gave her a high five for telling me. Her big brother came in and told me that she mentioned it to him and he reminded her to follow the instructions from the book… TURN, RUN, TELL.

I feel confident that I will need to talk about the topic again but now I feel prepared. We read the Jr version of the book for younger kids and we plan to read the next book Good Pictures, Bad Pictures soon.

I don’t remember my parents talking to me about the subject of pornography as a child. And the memories that I do have about the sex conversation were extremely uncomfortable. But I want it to be different with my children. And so far it is. I hope to keep an open dialog with them as they grow and have questions.

How have you handled this topic? Did your parents talk to you about pornography as a child. What precautions do you have in place? What do you think about the books recommended?

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