Raising Children in a Porn-Filled World

picWe have no idea what even young children are exposed to in this age of technology. The tidal wave of video pornography, made available thanks to things like mobile phones, has swept over our heads in this country, directly impacting our children. So great is the effect of  mass porn consumption that even secular mainstream media is covering the damage and dangers of it. (See recent Time Magazine cover story on it.) Also, see this article from Relevant Magazine, This is Your Brain on Porn. It’s a drug, and a dangerous one.

Chronic use of pornography, brains swimming in it from as young as 9 or 10, has created a health crisis where young men are finding their bodies can’t even function normally without the stimulation of porn, leading to use and abuse of medications once used only by middle-aged men. Porn changes not only brains but bodies. The damage to relationships with women, who are now expected to look and perform like porn stars, and the destruction of marriages are also tragic consequences of America’s obsession.

The Barna Group has just released a study on this. You can read about it here.

If you are concerned about what is coming into your home via the internet, please check out this video below from Covenant Eyes. This company produces software to filter out porn, and it’s available to homes and businesses.

This is not a time for passivity if we love our families. Awareness is the place to start. Wisdom sees a danger to our families and provides for it.  Nothing is more important.

Also, Focus on the Family has a series called When Children View Porn that may be of help to you. If you or someone you love is struggling with porn, back in my radio days I interviewed the Gallaghers, a couple with a ministry that helps those who want to be free from the bondage of pornography to get help.  I highly recommend Pure Life Ministries.

4 thoughts on “Raising Children in a Porn-Filled World

  1. biggardenblog says:

    Thanks for this. With our children now in their 30s (and no apparent prospect of grandchildren) this is a trend that has passed us by. However teenage conversations overhead on a bus, and of course media reporting, has made us alert to what is going on. The analogy with drugs is useful. Our children have never been tempted with drugs, because they have not merely said no, but said yes to more purposeful and harmless things to fill their lives with. That is I think the message here: our childrens’ minds must be so filled with love and with wholesome, meaningful – and yes, stimulating and exciting! – living, that there is simply no place left for any kind of self-abusive thoughts to get in and get a hold.

  2. Rose says:

    Thank you for this information and for the links. I am passing this on to my son and his wife so they can be prepared as their little boys grow up. They are going to need all the help they can get to raise godly children in such a wicked time. This will be very helpful to them.

  3. Carolyn says:

    This is why the powers that be in the Christian world also need to take the child sex abuse scandals incredibly seriously. Because that kind of damage to a little one’s mind, body, and soul will cause the same issues that p0rn0gr@phy does… if not more.

    I’ll bite my tongue as to how well the big names of Christianity are doing at this.

  4. Judi Hayes says:

    Thank you, Ingrid! This is so appreciated. I’m linking it on Pinterest and on Facebook. Spreading the word.

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