January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. In recognition of the widespread problem of human trafficking and sex slavery, we at Desert Solace would like to shed light on its most common and vulnerable demographic: children. Pornography is strongly linked to human trafficking, and more and more children are becoming addicted to a threat that they don’t fully understand. If you are concerned about your child encountering pornography, it’s important to know how to talk to them about it.
Naivety and curiosity make children easy victims of pornographic content and abuse. One of the most common methods children encounter pornography is through innocent internet searches. A curious nine-year-old can easily Google images of human bodies. A twelve-year-old may search for sexual material on the internet to answer their questions about puberty and sex.
The age at which you deem your child old enough to discuss sex and pornography is a choice that you, the parent, need to make. Typically, the rule of thumb is to discuss those topics when your child begins asking questions, but the increasing availability of pornography exposes many children to graphic content at a very young age.
Whenever the need for a discussion on pornography arises, it’s important that you handle the situation calmly and don’t leave your child with the impression that they are a bad person. How you talk to your child will have a bigger impact on them than what you say.
If your child went in search of sexual content, it may be time to have an honest discussion about puberty and sex education. If your child is very young, a conversation based on the question “How did what you saw make you feel?” will help you better understand what information your child needs to know. Regardless of age, it’s important that your child take away at least one lesson: sex is natural and healthy, but pornography is not.
As pornography becomes more accessible, addiction becomes more prevalent among children. If you are concerned about your child viewing pornography or if you yourself have an issue, contact Desert Solace at 435-228-5011 and learn more about protecting your family from pornography in St. George, Utah.