Have you considered discussing pornography with your children? You might think it’s too early to talk with your child about pornography. But did you know that the average age that a young boy is exposed to pornography is age 8. As a mom of 3 boys it freaked me out and I felt a little helpless. I want to share with you why our children are susceptible to pornography and a way that you as a parent can protect your children’s brains.
There are 5 ways that our children’s brains are way more susceptible to pornography.
1. Underdeveloped prefrontal cortex of the brain. This area of the brain isn’t fully developed until the early 20s. When our children are being bombarded with pornography, they don’t always have the natural ability to make safe decisions on their own.
2. Dopamine is in overdrive. When kids reach puberty, they get higher hits of dopamine in their brains which puts them at higher risk for addiction.
3. Imbalanced Stress Response. As kids enter adolescence their stress response becomes imbalanced.
4. Testosterone and Cortisol. When your child has repeated exposure to pornography it increases production of testosterone and cortisol and it has a big impact on the organizational window of adolescence. To much exposure of pornography when they are young will rewire their brain. It also influences how the brain can emotionally respond as an adult.
5. Testosterone levels. These levels are at their natural peak in their adolescence. When boys are exposed to pornographic content their response will be higher than an adult.
If this is something you have been wanting to talk to your boys about, I want to recommend to you the book called, “Good Pictures Bad Pictures.” It is a comfortable, read-aloud story about a mom and dad who teach their child what pornography is, why it's dangerous, and how to reject it. They use easy-to-understand science. It also provides a 5-point CAN DO Plan that teaches kids how to avoid the brain-warping images of pornography and minimize the troubling memories of accidental exposure. To stay safe in the digital age, kids must install an internal filter in their own brain. I would encourage you to use this book to begin a dialogue with your kids about pornography and how they can teach their brain to reject it.
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