Why You Should Talk to Your Kids about the Dangers of Pornography

by | May 15, 2015

Mormon Life

Talking to children about pornography may not just help them dislike it, it may also insulate them against lowered self-esteem if a future romantic partner chooses to view it, according to a recent study.

The study, by researchers at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, found that children of parents who regularly talked about how they don't like pornography because of the messages it contains and how it negatively affects individuals and society expressed more negative attitudes about pornography as college students. Those negative attitudes then translated into less pornography use, said author Eric Rasmussen, an assistant professor in the College of Media & Communication.

Stronger Self-Esteem

Both girls and boys who were caught looking at porn got more anti-porn talks from their parents, and in addition to developing more negative views of pornography were less likely to report lowered self-esteem when they knew their romantic partner was viewing pornography.

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