Dear Mom and Dad,
As parents you have a responsibility to educate your children when it comes to issues such as sex, sexuality and pornography. The average age of first internet exposure to pornography is eleven years-old. When a student views pornography for the first time stimulus overload occurs and there is a lot to be made sense of. How do your children navigate the waters of the internet, pornography and sexuality themselves without sinking? The answer is you .
Believe it or not, you hold an incredible amount of influence over your child at age eleven, even more-so at age five, and still a significant amount of influence during their teenage years. Yet despite the amount of influence you hold, talking with your child about sex is undoubtedly a daunting and sometimes intimidating task.
I've never had children of my own and consequently have never had to talk to my children about sex. But I have worked with Jr. High and High School aged children for years and have recognized the need for strong parental leadership when it comes to sexuality. I can't begin to tell you how many students I've heard lament their porn addiction and the effect it has on their minds and relationships.
So what do can we do? Strike preemptively. Talk to your children before they stumble along into a misguided Google search or before their friend shows them "cool videos" on their iPod.
Still at a loss? There is no shame in asking for help, we want to help you out. On Tuesday, November 5, 2013 @ 7pm we will be hosting a workshop called "Porn & Parenting." If you have questions about talking to your children about sexuality, sex or pornography then you need to be there.
Porn & Parenting Details:
Location: 590 University Cres. (map)
Speakers : Pastor Gerry Michalski & Guests
Jordan Michalski is the Student Ministries Assistant at Soul Sanctuary. He completed the Soul Sanctuary Internship Program in 2012 and is currently studying Education at the University of Manitoba. He can be reached at email@example.com.