Addressing Online Pornography

Supporting 6 – 10s:  Do’s and Don’ts

Talking about online pornography can be a tricky subject to discuss with young children however, it’s important to be open and ready to answer questions if children stumble across it.

Watch and see a list of ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ from our ambassador Dr Linda Papadopoulos to be prepared to support children aged 6-10 on this issue.

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Do’s to consider

Do talk about it in the context of relationships and communication

This will allow kids to begin to think critically about concepts like what respect and boundaries mean in relationships from a young age

Do talk about it in terms of safety

The same way that you would talk about anything that they may not be developmentally ready to stumble across

Do make it a habit to point out that they should feel empowered to decide what happens to their body

Check in with them about personal boundaries – don’t force them to give hugs if they don’t want to, they need to feel they have a say in what feels comfortable for them

Do get them to get into the habit of chatting to you about how they feel

Whether its a bedtime chat about their day or when driving them back from school, make talking about experiences and feelings a habit

Don’ts to consider

Don’t make it taboo to talk about relationships and sex

Point out what healthy relationships (friendships and romantic relationships) look like- respect, kindness, reciprocity sensitise them to what healthy relationships are

Don’t make it something to be fearful of

  • Minimise anxiety by speaking about taboo subjects with confidence
  • Dont avoid addressing the issue just because they are young- you can have the talk in an age-appropriate way that you then build on in later years
  • Don’t let your discomfort about an issue make it an issue for them

Resources document

We’ve created an advice hub to offer parents more tips and advice to help protect from online pornography.

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