Challenges for Boys
The real challenge for boys is that they view this content regularly and believe it to be real. Boys as young as 7 years old have reported viewing adult content. The average age of kids the first time they see adult content is 12 in the United States.
Viewing adult content in large volume, at that age can have immediate, and maybe long lasting effects on the brain development of young men. This can manifest itself in shame, fear, and anxiety. In extreme doses, it can contribute to anger, aggression, depression, lack of interest in other people, loneliness, objectification and even assault.
We do not provide our boys an alternative message to the content they view, and instead allow them to gain their sexual education from online adult content. This can rob a young Man of his own individual interests, and may increase any resentment, anger, frustration or loneliness that he may already be experiencing.
Challenges for Girls
If you are a neighborhood watch group, youth group administrator, PTO, or book club, we want to hear from you. If you are a School Superintendent, Administrator, Teacher or Counselor, even better. It is our intention to work with as many organizations as possible to socialize for parents and teachers the sheer volume of the challenge and the communication-based solution. This is a difficult and yet very necessary topic. Adult content is not victimless, or 'part of growing up' and there is no amount of this content that could be considered safe for our kids.
I encourage you to reach out to us and allow us to showcase for you how we inform parents, and provide them the language necessary, and the tools necessary, to protect their own children.
There are over 12 billion adult content videos viewed by 7-17 year olds in the United States every year. Estimates of 14-17 year old boy's consumption of adult content videos range as high as 50 videos a week.
Parents are unaware of this volume for the most part, or in denial about their child's exposure. However 93% of all boys and 68% of all girls will see this content before they leave high school. Even if your child beats those odds, most of the teens that your children may have contact with while you are not around, may have already viewed this content and may have had no guidance on the very real challenges adult content can present for them. The conversation has historically been very awkward and therefore mostly ignored. This is not Dad's Playboy. This is dangerous for kids, boys and girls.
The Third Talk™ is here to provide parents information and the language to initiate the 'porn' conversation with their kids. The Third Talk™ has had a front row seat to watch legal, political, legislative, religious campaigns, abstinence pledges and ignoring the problem fail to curb this content's availability to kids.
I say failed because our American children see 12 billion videos a year.
It is communication between parents and kids that will end this challenge. We take a very direct and purposeful approach when discussing this content with grown ups. We do not shame, blame, or use colorful language. We talk about the world our kids live in, not the world we wished they lived in. We showcase that this is an environment that has NOT been created by our kids. Grown ups created this environment and grown ups need to change it.