Kids as young as 10 years old feel so trapped by pornography that they’re reaching out for professional help. Craig Perra, founder of The Mindful Habit: A Revolutionary System to End Sex and Porn Addiction, has received over 150 calls in the past four years from boys 10-14 years old. Why? They want to stop watching porn, but can’t break the habit they know is hurting them.

Under the Parents’ Radar

These kids have the tech savvy both to watch porn and to find a porn addiction expert without their parent’s knowledge. They are also hoping Perra will give them the secret to a living a porn-free life so they can feel better without ever having to tell mom and dad what they’ve been up to.

While on the phone with The Mindful Habit expert, these boys often disclose the details of the types of porn they’ve watched, including descriptions of violent sex where women are slapped, choked, and more.

Perra asks every boy if there are any filters on the computers and tech devices at his home. Generally, the answer is no. Occasionally, the boy says yes, but indicates he can easily get around it.

Kids are Afraid to Tell Their Parents

Perra encourages his young callers to talk to their parents, letting the boys know “there is nothing to be ashamed of.” Perra asks them, “If you hurt your leg, you would tell your parents, wouldn’t you? You are telling me porn is hurting you. Why can’t you let your parents know?” This is when these seemingly brave and assertive young boys suddenly lose their confidence.

At this point, Perra changes tactics and lets the boys know he is willing to talk to their parents for them. Perra asks, “Can I talk with your mom or dad? I’m an expert on why people watch pornography. I can explain to your parents why this isn’t your fault.” This is when, according to Perra, 90% of the kids hang up.

The other 10% may continue to talk, providing a variety of “reasons” why they cannot tell their parents about this problem. Occasionally, some of these kids indicate they will “think about” talking to mom and dad. Perra says that he is only aware of one boy who has actually followed his advice. Happily, this boy received the support he needed and even called Perra back to thank him!

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Parents Don’t Get It

Perra is discouraged about how little parents understand about the environment today’s kids face:

My generation looked up naughty words in the dictionary or looked for men’s magazines. This generation, when they have questions, they go on Google. Parents need to remember what words they looked up as kids and then Google those same terms because that is what children are exposed to. Instead of words or still photos, our kids see video, which creates a powerful pull to see more.

Perra pleads with parents to take his message seriously:

Pornography destroys lives. Parents need to help their kids. The culture of not talking about this has to end!

Here’s Help! You CAN DO It!

Have you broached the subject of pornography with your kids? The earlier the better, but it’s never too late! Here’s some help to begin the conversation today:

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Claudine Gallacher
Claudine Gallacher, MA, is the Social Media Guru at Protect Young Minds and was the writing coach for Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-Proofing Today’s Young Kids. Claudine is enthusiastic about teaching parents how to empower kids with the skills they need to reject pornography. To reach parents, she writes, researches, edits, speaks, and markets. Claudine is married and has three great kids who support her work. Contact Claudine on Twitter @ProtectYM or email claudine@protectyoungminds.org.
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