“North Carolina law enforcement and education leaders hope a new campaign will keep students from being exposed to online pornography and adult sex predators,” begins T. Keung Hui’s article.
I grew up in a loving and kind home, but one that sometimes lacked structure. As such, I was often left alone as a kid and young adult, and I often preoccupied myself by spending time on the internet and the computer. While much of this time was spent playing computer games or reading, sometimes I stumbled upon the “dark” side of the internet.
Being a young kid is an exciting time. Awkward, but exciting. Our hormones are raging, we’re discovering ourselves and our sense of individuality, we’re given more freedom and choice as we begin to navigate the world outside the direct supervision of our parents. Our feelings are big and bold and brash. They’re also unpredictable and fluctuating.
August 2, 2021 | Chris Worthy
John Van Arnam, founder of The Third Talk, likens sex to driving. No one would expect a young person learn to drive by watching “Fast and Furious” movies. Van Arnam also knows they shouldn’t learn about sex by watching pornography. But access is everywhere – children have it on their phones – so he wants parents to talk with their children about it.
“Our purpose is to initiate the conversation between parents and their young people regarding avoiding the exposure of explicit adult material to young folks,” he said.
The conversation transcends religious beliefs, political opinions and more, Van Arnam said.
ONLINE PORNOGRAPHY IS A PROBLEM FOR PARENTS OF YOUNG PEOPLE. THE THIRD TALK™ PARENT’S GUIDE VIDEO SERIES IS THE SOLUTION.
Subject matter experts The Third Talk Inc. today announced the release of their Parent’s Guide, a first-of-its-kind program to provide parents the language necessary to have a pornography prevention conversation with their children. Designed for parents, grandparents, caregivers, and guardians, this seven-part video series offers adults the words to use to initiate the conversation, and the multiple health and safety reasons young people shouldn’t see adult content. This video series is available at www.thethirdtalk.org and arrives just in time for back-to-school discussions each parent must now have with their young students.
The last thing I wanted to do as a teenager was to think or talk critically about porn. One ten-minute discussion during my freshman year health class had felt like more than enough. Like most of my peers, I thought I had it all sorted out on my own. Now, six years later, those same conversations I squirmed at are the ones I can’t help but start.