First, you are not alone. Thousands of families are struggling with these same concerns. While curiosity and experimentation are normal stages of adolescent development, the rapid expansion of technology and media has exposed teens to sexual content at an earlier and earlier age. This early exposure to sexuality, as portrayed in the media, is impacting the fluid nature of young brain development.
Addressing a child’s sexual concerns is difficult for most parents. But it’s a problem many families face. With the increase of sexual content on the Internet and other forms of media, experts say they have seen a 30% rise in sexually related behavioral issues among teen boys.
Do you as a parent always seem to be in a game of “Cops & Robbers” with your teen? Has your teen been caught viewing porn, even though you put blocks on the computer? Has your teen used his gaming system or other hand held devices to view porn? Has he been caught at a neighbor’s house or grandparent’s house viewing pornography? Does he have access to technology in his room? Does he get angry or threaten others when you put restrictions on his technology use?
If you answered yes to any of these, the issue isn’t the porn use as much as it is the level of risk and the compulsive thought process driving the need for more porn. When risk is mentioned, it is the risk of alienating parents and family relationships in order to view porn.
If your child is struggling with issues related to sexual abuse, porn addiction or other compulsive behaviors, specialized treatment is available. Just as with substance abuse, sexual concerns are secretive, shameful and progressive. This is why specialized care, with professionals who are experienced in working with these issues, is necessary.
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