Answering the Porn Question
May 11, 2012
A must-read New York Times article concerns the different ways parents deal with the issue of Internet porn and their kids. Some parents install strong filters and closely monitor what their children watch. Others take a fatalistic attitude—and try to engage their kids in calm and non-accusatory conversations.
Among the more disturbing episodes in this story.
- One 6-year-old girl, watching “My Little Pony” videos, clicked a related link that led her right to sexually explicit material based on cartoon characters.
- One 13-year-old boy asked his mom why women like to be choked.
- One father worried that the search terms entered by his 14-year-old son could unintentionally violate child-porn laws.
The Times repeats what we always say—if you worry if your children are going to see porn, you can quit worrying. They will.
Our bottom-line advice stands: The best filters we can install are the one’s we cultivate in our children’s heads.