Why We Need to Fight for Our Kids’ Healthy Sexuality:
From every direction, our kids are bombarded with overtly sexual imagery, including pornography. Whether it’s in video games, apps, social media, online porn, or in the grocery store checkout line, the porn industry and others wage war on our kids and make sure they cannot avoid it.
But we, as parents and professionals, have a strong influence! That is why it is so important to teach kids about the harmful effects of porn and the positive aspects of its opposite, healthy sexuality.
As parents, we also have the potential to be powerful advocates for healthy sexuality for our kids. We can amplify our efforts in the home by teaching our children and teens to go on the offensive in this war, educating others through social media, and looking for opportunities to affect change in our communities.
Our children deserve to grow up and have authentic, genuine sexual experiences not dictated to them by the porn industry or any industry.
Objectives or Takeaway Ideas:
Participants will understand the impact of social media, gaming, apps, and the very real dangers of pornography for children and teens.
Participants will seek for opportunities and feel more confident in their ability to talk with kids about difficult topics like pornography, media usage and rules, and healthy sexual intimacy.
Participants will understand the need for advocacy and education for kids to build resistance to hypersexualized culture and the effects of pornography (and how to apply these).
Raising strong kids in our present culture is no easy task and parents need all the help they can get. With small and simple habits and conversations, we can build resilience in our children and teens. Critical to building this resiliency is showing our kids how to rebel against hypersexualized media and our image-obsessed culture.
Teaching Kids to Rise Above a Porn Culture:
Just as essential is teaching our kids what real sexual intimacy is all about. Parents must learn how to teach healthy sexuality and openly discuss the dangers of online porn and other unhealthy media. And just like good health isn’t just about avoiding junk food and drugs, rising above a pornified culture is much more than just knowing what to avoid. It’s time to be inspired and show our children from an early age how to avoid the negatives online AND how to use technology for good: to stand up, speak out, and rise.
Dina Alexander is the founder and CEO of Educate and Empower Kids (educateempowerkids.org), an organization determined to strengthen families by teaching digital citizenship, media literacy, and healthy sexuality education—including education about the dangers of online porn. She is the creator of “How to Talk to Your Kids About Pornography” and the “30 Days of Sex Talks” and “30 Days to a Stronger Child” programs. She is also the author of “Noah’s New Phone: A Story About Using Technology for Good” and “Petra’s Power to See: A Media Literacy Adventure.” She received her master’s degree in recreation therapy from the University of Utah and her bachelor’s from Brigham Young University. She is an amazing mom and loves spending time with her husband and three kids. Together, they live in Texas.
This presentation was given at the 2019 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit. endexploitationsummit.com/