I am not a parent. I am not even married. But it is no surprise that I was once a kid who encountered porn and became a porn-addicted teen. For me, it all began when I was just 10 years old.
This image is me at the age of 10… just a few months after the discovery of a pornographic magazine in my brother’s bathroom that catapulted me into an 8-year addiction to porn and other sexual behaviors. I show it to you so that you can see with your own eyes, what 10 years old really looks like. I think in today’s culture of kids growing up too fast we forget how young this really is.
Nearly 20 years later we know that pornography has only become more mainstream, easier to find… and to hide. And as parents it is your job to both protect and educate your kids about the realities and dangers of it.
Why is pornography a big deal?
I don’t think anyone would argue that pornography is not for children’s eyes (even if you believe pornography is okay for adults). However, pornography is not just a Penthouse magazine stashed in a bathroom closet anymore. Pornography is a multi-billion dollar industry that is kept alive by human trafficking. Men, women and yes, even children, are systematically recruited into the industry every day. It is a system generated by supply and demand. As long as there is a demand (consumers of porn) — it must be met by whatever means necessary.