How to Have a Discussion with Your Kids About Porn: Buy this New Small Group Resource!

It is not an issue of if your child will see pornography, but when.

The stats are telling. More than a quarter of older teens today still bump into porn unintentionally online. More than half of boys and a third of girls see porn for the first time before the age of 13. By 18, those numbers climb to 93% and 62%, respectively.

By the time our kids enter their twenties, it’s nearly a guarantee they will have seen porn. In fact, when a Université de Montréal researcher wanted to study the impact of porn on men, he could not find any men for a control group. Simon Lajeunesse said, “We started our research seeking men in their twenties who had never consumed pornography. We couldn’t find any.”

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Protect and Prepare

For parents who want to raise their children with sexual integrity in a hyper-sexualized culture, it is no longer just about protection, but also preparation. If we only rely on good filters and high fences to keep the world out, our kids will not be prepared for the day they get around the fence.

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UNFILTERED: A New Small Group Resource

Unfiltered-WorkshopWhat if parents in your church or parish got together for one evening to seriously talk about these things, got educated, and made plans to support one another in this task? That’s what UNFILTERED is all about.

What is it? UNFILTERED: Equipping Parents for an Ongoing Conversation about Internet Pornography is a DVD workshop.

Who is it for? The workshop is for Christian parents, churches, and parishes. The workshop can be played in a large group setting or in a small, living room setting.

What is it about? The workshop equips parents with a variety of information:

  • Statistics of pornography use
  • The impact of porn on the brain and our children’s sexual beliefs
  • How to contrast biblical sexuality with pornography
  • Basic rules for responsible Internet use in the home

How long is it? The DVD is about 35 minutes long. The entire event can be held in 60 to 90 minutes when discussion before and after the presentation is included.

How do I get the word out? If you want to run an UNFILTERED workshop, we have free promotion kits you can download.

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Meet the Speakers

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Matt Fradd

Matt Fradd is a world-renowned Catholic speaker to teens and parents. Matt has appeared on TV and radio shows in the United States, Ireland, Australia, Canada, and elsewhere. Matt regularly writes and speaks about pornographic culture and sexual purity at ThePornEffect.comChastity.com, and Catholic Answers. Matt lives with his wife Cameron and their three children in Southern California.

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Damon OwensDamon Owens is executive director of The Theology of the Body Institute, which provides graduate-level courses, on-site programs, and clergy training about God’s design for sex in marriage. Damon’s articles have been published on ABC World News Tonight, 48 Hours, BET Evening News, and National Public Radio. Married for 18 years and a father of eight children, Damon speaks on behalf of the Institute.

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Peter KleponisPeter Kleponis, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical therapist and assistant director of Comprehensive Counseling Services. He is the author of The Pornography Epidemic: A Catholic Approach. He specializes in marriage and family therapy, pastoral counseling, men’s issues, and pornography addiction recovery. He is Certified in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Sexual Addictions by The American Association of Christian Counselors.

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Ron DeHaasRon DeHaas is the founder of Covenant Eyes, which serves families in more than 100 countries with Internet Accountability and Filtering services. As a father and an elder in his church, he launched Covenant Eyes to help parents teach their children how to use the Internet safely and with integrity. Listen to his personal story.

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Pure Minds Online | Issue 35 |  More in this Issue: Why Kids are Unprotected, and 3 Steps to Turn the Tide | Sex, Smut, and Slavery: One film unpacks it all | New Legal Requirements for Your Child’s Privacy