What kids aren’t telling parents about porn on Instagram and Snapchat – The Boston Globe

Porn is all over the internet and everyday, popular apps – and so aren’t our kids. I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve heard of REAL young kids accidentally stumbling upon pornography. This Boston Globe article is fantastic and is a must read for ALL parents. I’ve been talking about this a lot lately in presentations, as our kids are being exposed to unhealthy misconceptions around sex and consent – oftentimes far before we’ve had a chance to have “the talk.” I love the suggestions here about how we can handle this as parents, and filters or blocking out certain sites/words won’t do the trick with these savvy kids. The talking-early-and-often approach here is invaluable; as a parent I’d prefer to control the conversation proactively, as opposed to doing damage control after. Great read. #digitalsafety #parenting
“Though parents can install programs on kids’ devices that block pornography, today’s tech-savvy kids know how to get around these (and they can always use their friends’ unblocked phones instead). The reality is that most teenagers will inevitably be exposed to porn — and parents must talk to them about it.”

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