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.
This will allow kids to begin to think critically about concepts like what respect and boundaries mean in relationships from a young age.
The same way that you would talk about anything that they may not be developmentally ready to stumble across.
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.
Whether its a bedtime chat about their day or when driving them back from school, make talking about experiences and feelings a habit.
Point out what healthy relationships (friendships and romantic relationships) look like- respect, kindness, reciprocity sensitise them to what healthy relationships are.
We’ve created an advice hub to offer parents more tips and advice to help protect children and young people from online pornography.
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