Teens and Porn

I’ve had this subject on my heart for a couple of weeks now.  I’m concerned that this has become acceptable in our culture.  Almost all young men and a quickly growing percentage of young ladies are addicted to pornography.

It’s too accessible.

It’s too accepted.

Too many youth leaders are addicted as well.  53% of Promise Keeper men viewed pornography last week according to Craig Gross.

What’s the answer?  Stop. Looking. At. Pornography.

Simple enough.  Tough to accomplish.

I am taking a class on this subject next month.  I hope to provide some training for families and leaders at some point.  Until I have better answers, I think 2 things are important:

Boundaries and Honesty

Boundaries – cut off cable, remove computers, eliminate personal space, etc.  It depends on the situation, but creating boundaries needs to happen to kill this sin.

Honesty – This one is much tougher.  Being honest is awkward.  Teens are going to fail.  You are going to fail.  I would encourage you to have someone that you can talk to about the problem.  It may have to be a counselor.  If your teen has trouble talking to you about these things, see if they will talk to a guidance counselor or youth pastor.  Ignoring the problem, won’t make it go away.

As I told our high schoolers last night, we are not in control.  As parents and leaders, we don’t have total control over our students choices.  God is in control.  As much as this is a call to do something, it is a bigger call to pray.  Invest time praying for students.

 

One thought on “Teens and Porn

  1. Trevor Collazo January 30, 2012 / 10:18 pm

    I have believed for a long time that this subject, among others that are sexual in nature, have not been openly discussed enough. I think we need to toe the line in order to beat this thing, but unfortunately people do not feel (or appear to not feel) equipped or strong enough to toe the line without crossing it.

    Our bodies were created with a sexuality component. Students have a natural curiosity. If the Christian community stands silent (or even just barely audible) on the topic, the noise from the culture will drown out what we are saying.

    Take ’em on Joey! Let me know what you need.

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