Ways I protect my children from pornography
One of the dangers parents protect their children from these days is exposure to pornography. This is because parents consider protecting their children from harm as one of their top responsibilities. Dangers lurk everywhere. Children face dangers at home, on the road, at school and even online.
Mrs. Ogechukwu Ezike is so scared about her children are exposed to pornography today. And the fact that they access the internet to do their many school assignments has heightened her apprehension.
One of the steps she takes is external monitoring of what they do on the internet. She identifies possible ways her child could be exposed to pornography and find ways to decrease the chance of exposure.
Mrs. Ezike monitors TV shows, video and computer games. Her children’s cell phones are gathered up at night to be recharged by her, rather than allowing her children have them throughout the night.
In addition, she always checks which internet sites have been accessed on the computers in your house. On her children’s phones, she checks their texts, photos, and internet access.
She has educated her pre-teens about sex and they know what healthy sexuality is and why it is so important. They know the difference between healthy and unhealthy sexuality and what a healthy relationship looks like.
While teaching them, she was open to questions even though the topic made them uncomfortable. She was armed with answers about why pornography use is so damaging so that her discussions with her children go beyond, “Pornography is bad, don’t look at it!”
On several occasions, she had started discussions about pornography by talking about something she recently read about the topic, the problems it caused children who engaged in them and the pains it cost the families of these children.
Even though many parents are concerned that discussing sexual topics plainly and boldly with their children might trigger unhealthy curiosity in them that might lead them to check pornography out, but she believes that when parents openly discuss sexual topics in an age-appropriate way, youth are less likely to experiment and more likely to remain abstinent.
I have also taught my children not to share any personal information online without my knowledge and permission. It is frightening that these days, many sexual predators pose as children to gain access to information that may put children at risk.