Teens and Online Porn: Act Now!

Have you ever heard weird noises from your child’s room, while walking in the midnight?  Have you peeked and caught your teen, watching a porn movie?  Are you asking to yourself- How to talk to them, how to stop them, what made them watch such things? These are some questions, which arise in parents’ minds after they come across such a situations.

Most of the teens do not watch porn purposely; in fact, they don’t want. But, curiosity and peer pressure compel them. The best place to watch porn is online as it’s full of erotic stuffs. You search for one website; thousands of links will get opened. Teenagers open those links out of inquisitiveness.

Scolding will make teens rebel. Before asking anything directly, first of all, try to know the reasons behind it. Try to know the exact sources.  Verify, if someone else in the house is watching the same stuff. Check the history, and see what sites they visit often, and what all they prefer to watch. There are other parents around you, whose teenage kids might have watched online porn, talk to them. Further, ask for suggestions.

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Some Facts and Findings:

  • 42% of teens, who are 12-17, had seen porn on the internet in the past few years, and the count keeps on increasing every year.
  • Most of the teens had unwanted exposure to online porn. Though, all incidents were not unwanted. Some of them knew; they were about to enter the X-rated zone.
  • Boys are more exposed towards internet porn than the girls.
  • Even boys search more content than the girls.
  • Teens, who are 16-17 years, watch more online porn, rather than the younger ones. The younger ones might watch it unintentionally.
  • 40% of teens felt awkward after watching erotic images on the web. 60% of the teens were seduced and felt some sensations in their private parts, after seeing the porn stuffs.
  • Some teens confessed that they were forced to watch online porn, and they would never prefer to watch it again.

Tips for parents to deal with their teens, if they are found watching porn

Calm: Be neutral! Aggressive behaviour will make your teens- rebels. Don’t use a judgmental tone. Avoid: lecture, yelling, blaming, and making them ashamed of their behaviour. Do a pre-planning to have a conversation with them. Don’t set a mindset of right or wrong. Listen to them and decide. Deal with them with patience, and give space to them.

Be honest and frank: Don’t try to lie or test them, or force them to admit the truth. Instead of this, have a healthy talk. Try to let them understand that, watching such stuff on the internet might be harmful for them

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Explain them the dangers:

  • You will get addicted to these stuffs, and if you are watching it frequently, it will be difficult to control later in life.
  • These images and videos give you artificial pleasure for a short time, and long term viewing will hamper the real sexual pleasure that you’ll have in the future.
  • Visiting porn sites will lower your self-esteem, and you will feel ashamed of talking about such things with people. You will get a regular habit of hiding things from others.
  • The images will misguide you because those things are not real. It includes fake people and unreal emotions.
  • Viewing porn online regularly, can affect your relationships in future because there will be a negative effect on the development of a healthy sexuality.

To be on the safer side, the parents can take serious steps like using antivirus with the feature of parental control. With this, you can decide, what all your young teen should access, and what all they should avoid. The best ant- viruses, which offer these features, are Kaspersky, Mc Afee, Norton, etc.

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