No substitute for good communication in combating Internet smut

It takes more than just good computer filters and family rules to stop pornography addictions from forming.

Good family communication is the key.

"Filters and rules prevent accidental exposure," said Kimball Benson at BYU's Campus Education Week. But it won't stop those who are actively seeking it out. And no filter is absolutely foolproof.

"The biggest mistake people make is that they are above it," Benson said.

Talking about it

"It's not a question of 'if' but 'when'," Benson said of children and teenagers being exposed to pornography. "It's not that they are doing anything bad, but it's the world we live in."

Benson polled the class with the question, "How are sexual topics addressed in the home?" The possible answers: none; the "talk"; occasional discussions; and frequent and open discussion.

"They are going to have 'the talk.' It's going to happen," said Benson, whether it's at home or it's from their friends or other sources.

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