To initiate a conversation between parents and their young people on avoiding exposure to sexually explicit media online. We provide practical real-world language to start that talk and the “how and why” to keep the conversation going.
Parents will have the talk to teach their kids about the birds and the bees. A second talk happens in middle school, often given by a health teacher or guidance counselor to discuss anatomy, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections – and then that’s it. Then our young people are left alone to discover their sexuality and, unfortunately, all too often, they do that online.
Parents now need to have another talk: The Third Talk™. Parents must discuss explicit adult material online and pornography prevention with their young people. Kids need to learn the social, physical, and psychological reasons why they should avoid pornography and parents must initiate those conversations before a child’s first exposure.
Adult content is now so normalized that some parents say “it’s just porn” without realizing the dramatic effect of this content on young people and their developing brains or how significantly and quickly viewing explicit material can affect their kids.
Our schools, churches, governments, technologies, and the porn industry are NOT going to solve this for us. We cannot expect our children to manage such exposure to adult content without our guidance. It's up to grown-ups, and The Third Talk™ is here to help.