Teens + Porn = Torn

Mark Twain popularized the saying that “there are three kinds of lies: lies, d-mned lies, and statistics.”  It’s tempting to embrace that dismissive attitude when we are confronted with shocking or disheartening stats; sometimes, though, we take the “head-in-the-sand” approach at our own (or our family’s) peril.  Such is the case with the stats on teens and pornography.

According to this infographic by Covenant Eyes (click here for larger version), 93% of boys and 62% of girls are exposed to online porn before age 18.  More startling yet is the nature of the content they are viewing: 83% of boys/57% of girls have seen group sex; 39%/23% have seen sex acts involving bondage; 32%/18% have seen images of bestiality.

And, as this article on “the powder keg of porn culture” documents, the results of this porn consumption are devastating.  As one expert states: “Kids are consuming vast amounts of extreme pornography at earlier and earlier ages.  My concern is about keeping them safe.  We need to have a conversation about this.  It’s a safety issue, it’s a social justice issue and it requires a critical-thinking set of strategies.”

Our response as parents to this reality of the twenty-first century ought not to be one of fear (2 Timothy 1:7), but one of prayer, understanding, resolve, and engagement.  That engagement must be defined by honest, open ongoing dialogue with our kids about God’s design and purpose for our sexuality, the lies and traps confronting us and our kids, and how to pursue purity in thought, word, and deed as we follow Jesus.  Check out the following posts for ideas on creating and sustaining that conversation, and watch the short video below for more stats related to the effects of porn culture:

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