by Brittany Glynn
The facts are disturbing, but it’s time for parents to wake up and take critical steps necessary to protect their children from the dangers of pornography. Children’s minds are very impressionable to new stimuli. According to Dr. A. S. Gilinsky, they pass through very sensitive stages of development where new experiences can make huge imprints in their minds.
Science has shown that infants from birth are hyper sensitive to their mother’s voice, smell, and warmth. God made children’s brains to be ready to soak up and store new information.
But when a child is exposed to pornography, their view of sex is forever influenced by this founding experience. With the images buried in their brain, there is no taking it back.
Mark Kastleman is author of The Drug of the New Millennium – the Science of How Internet Pornography Radically Alters the Human Brain and Body – A Guide for Parents, Spouses, Clergy and Counselors. He says,
Because the child is so impressionable and at such a sensitive developmental stage, the cellular memories and linking pathways forged will be especially wide and very deeply etched. Hence her future growth and development-especially in the emotional/spiritual and healthy human intimacy vein-may be greatly retarded.
When brain scans were taken of both pornography and heroin users, the brains looked almost identical, and some scientists believe that pornography is more addicting than heroin. Why? Because the pornography addict’s “drug” never completely washes out of his or her system. Instead, he has countless (sometimes hundreds) images that he can flip and pull from his brain any time he likes.
The dangers of pornography exposure’s roots are deep. Besides planting images that will be with the child for life, children are at risk of imitating what they see.
The new Symantec study shows that children as young as age seven and younger are using search engines to search for the word “porn.” More and more children’s knowledge and view on sex is being founded on their prior exposure to pornography.
With so much media screen time building neurological pathways, our children’s thoughts and beliefs about sex are being based upon the sexual content they are viewing. A report done by the American Academy of Pediatrics shares their extreme concern of how the media is dangerous for our children. They believe the media is inaccurately portraying sex to young children and teenagers.
The old song “Be careful, little eyes, what you see” could not ring more true. The action you take now could protect your child from the serious, lifelong, damaging effects of pornography.
For critical Internet safety, look at these non-technical measures all parents should take.
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This post is by Brittany Glynn. Brittany’s book Dreams (the first to a five book series) has recently been released. Brittany is also the PR director for Girls Against Porn and is on the board of Women in Christian Media.