by Melissa Sundwall/ October 14, 2015
Most parents struggle when it comes to talking to their kids about sex. Sadly, some parents simply never muster the courage to have “the talk” with their kids. With the prevalence of Internet pornography and children who are immersed in a culture that is preoccupied with sex, the parental voice in the lives of kids is invaluable. When parents go silent, kids learn about sex in ways that can have lifelong negative consequences.
Parents are handing their young children smart phones that can connect to the Internet. Almost every gaming console preteens own can access porn. Children at school are sharing porn like it is just another cool thing to do. This early exposure to porn is devastating to healthy sexual development. More than half of all porn today depicts violence and verbal abuse.
So how do we help parents disciple their kids in the area of healthy sexuality?
The answer is for them to start communicating. The day of the “talk” is over. With the challenges facing kids today, parents must start talking and keep talking. An environment of openness concerning sex is critical. The only hope parents have for counteracting the constant onslaught of negative information and behavior that their kids are face is to open an ongoing dialogue.
Encourage parents to share these positive messages
The most important message a parent can share indirectly is:
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