by Kristen A. Jenson, MA

Protecting kids requires a proactive approachWhen I speak, I often ask this strange, seemingly unrelated question, “How many of you received a smallpox vaccination as a child?” Several hands go up, usually from the grandparents in the crowd. What does this have to do with protecting kids from pornography? Turns out the history of pandemics has taught us a powerful lesson.

A Pandemic Disease that Killed Millions

Smallpox was a highly infectious pandemic disease that ravaged the human world for centuries, even millennia, until it was successfully eradicated in 1977. Some historians believe that smallpox killed more soldiers than combat did! Why? Because it would rage unabated through military camps.

Protecting kids from smallpox required inoculation

The last known naturally occurring smallpox victim in the world.

And if a child caught the disease there was an 80% mortality rate.

How did we wipe smallpox off the planet? By treating those already infected? Nope.

It was through an organized and aggressive inoculation campaign. We eradicated smallpox in 1977 by inoculating the young before they were exposed.

Parents are often concerned that they’ll create an interest in porn in their young kids if they talk to them about it. But I believe it’s far safer to be proactive than to keep silent and leave children completely defenseless. (And studies back me up!)

Pornography addiction has become a pandemic. (It’s true! Watch this documentary made for the United Nations called The Porn Pandemic: The Devastating Effects on Children, Family and Society.)

Pandemics teach us that protecting our kids from pornography requires an organized and aggressive approach.  How? By warning your child about pornography in a safe and controlled way so that they can be prepared to defend themselves against it when they encounter the real thing.

Imagine if all parents warned their kids about the harmful effects of pornography before they were exposed to it? Imagine the millions of kids saved from the pain of addiction and isolation?

Protecting Kids Against Porn

How can we give our kids a defense against pornography? Dark to light

  • By talking to them early and often
  • By defining porn and bringing it into the light
  • By not simply hoping our kids won’t be exposed to pornography, but by preparing them to resist and reject it

If we prepare and equip kids from a young age, they CAN DO it!

QUESTION: What have you done to inoculate your kids against pornography? Please leave a comment and share your ideas or questions!

 

Kristen Jenson
Kristen A. Jenson is the founder of Protect Young Minds and author of Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-Proofing Today's Young Kids. Kristen enjoys speaking, writing and anything else that will help empower kids to reject pornography. Kristen earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, and a master’s degree in Organizational Communication. Kristen currently lives with her husband in Washington State, where she enjoys growing a vegetable garden, watching Masterpiece Theater, and taking long walks with friends who tolerate her incessant talking about you know what. Above all else, her husband and three children are her greatest treasures.
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