Your Kid Saw Porn Online. Now What?

With more kids browsing the Internet at younger ages, an article today’s New York Times warns:  “Your child is going to look at porn at some point. It’s inevitable.”  Now what?

That’s the opinion of Elizabeth Schroeder, who is executive director of a sex-education organization based at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Kids have laptops, smart phones,  computers and other electronic devices to browse the Internet, which, let’s face it, houses the world’s biggest public collection of pornography.

“Parents… discover that their children have been exposed to sexually explicit material online — that a few clicks on YouTube can land a child in unexpected territory,” the Times reports.

So what’s a parent to do?

The ways parents handle the situation, according to the Times, include:

1. Trying to prevent kids from seeing explicit content by limiting access to the Internet.

2. Teaching kids to click away from suggestive material if it appears onscreen.

3. Having conversations about pornography and how to behave responsibly when confronted with sexually explicit content online.

What about you? What are the rules in your house? Do you use a filtering tool? What do you say to your kids about online porn?

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