Pornography continues to ravage our society. It has a devastating effect on marriages and families, and even on our physical and mental health. Check out some of these latest alarming statistics:
Here are just a few stats on porn usage:
- 12 percent of all internet websites are pornographic.
- 35 percent of all internet downloads are pornographic in content.
- 25 percent of online search engine requests are related to sex, resulting in about 68 million requests a day.
- 40 million Americans consider themselves regular visitors to porn sites.
Not only that, but porn is now seeking out younger and younger kids. The average age that someone is exposed to porn for the first time is 11 years old!
Pornographers are purposely setting up on domains on commonly misspelled words of legitimate websites. Even setting up porn where someone types in .com instead of .edu or .org.
So what do we do? Josh McDowell urges parents to talk their children early and often about pornography:
“When it comes to discussing sex and pornography, how soon is too soon? It’s a question many parents ask. They don’t want to overexpose their children or be guilty of stirring up temptation in their children’s lives. At the same time, they don’t want to risk missing their cue and opening the door for other teachers like classmates, sex ed classes, magazines, and porn. The list of poor teachers is endless. In the face of so many mixed and misinformed messages, perhaps the question we should be asking is how late is too late?”
This video talk about parent-daughter communications about porn, but the same principles would apply to a conversation with your son—
Parents, we can no longer simply hope our kids don’t get hooked on porn, we need to actively communicate with them. Porn is hunting your kids, so you need to help them know how to defend themselves from this evil.