Porn Before Puberty (video)

A shocking piece done by ABC (I think in part to promote the new documentary, Sexy Baby) on young kids learning about sex primarily through internet porn. It definitely raises a lot of issues …

  • If you’re a parent of a teen/preteen, how aware are you of your child’s online activity?
  • Are your kids learning about sex from you? Is it an ongoing conversation? They will get information from somewhere, are you part of that learning?
  • I wonder what the impact will be on sexuality, marriage, families and culture in general a decade or two from now as this generation of young people who have grown up with limitless high speed online access and incredibly complex pocket size devices begin marrying, starting families, and dealing with the repercussions of their adolescent and pre-adolescent activity.
  • Churches are largely quiet on the topic of pornography. Should we have more of a voice? What should that look like?
  • The average age for first exposure to internet porn is around 10-11 years old. With my oldest of four boys turning 11 later this week in a house saturated with online connectivity, it’s probably time for me to get my own head out of the sand.

We’re currently doing a two week series on pornography with our high school group, inspired by Download Youth Ministry’s XXX lesson/series (only $6!), so this is on my mind a lot at the moment. I have a lot of opinions, but I’m curious what others are thinking/doing about it as well.

2 thoughts on “Porn Before Puberty (video)

  1. Matt, really appreciate this post. It breaks my heart that I have 6th grade boys dealing with this stuff. So sad. The fact that I have an 8th grade girl AND a 6th grade boy of my own AND they both have laptops issued by their middle school, is making me re-think our engagement of this issue. Thanks for the post!

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  2. Thanks for the comment – it really is shifting my perspective as my own sons get into that age range. And it’s alarming as a youth pastor knowing that a large percentage of the group most likely struggles with it.

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