Pornography Proofing Your Kids – Guest Post from the Author of Good Pictures – Bad Pictures

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Pornography is rampant! It’s so easily accessible and our children are being exposed to this highly addictive and destructive drug before they even know it’s life altering effects! Pornography used to be something you had to look for in order to find it, but now, you have to be prepared to shun it when it pops up in front of your face. It is so easily accessible these days! The question now is not, is my child going to see pornography but when! The great news is that there are resources to help us teach our children so that they can be prepared and know what to do when these instances arise!

I am SO excited about our guest post today! Kristen A. Jenson, author of “Good Pictures Bad Pictures” has spent the last three years fighting to educate parents about the realities and dangers of the mind altering effects of pornography. She has written a book to provide parents with the tools they need to successfully educate their children. She is here to share with us her experiences and what we can do to protect our children and loved ones from this destructive, mind altering, and life changing drug.

-Lindsey

Here is the beautiful and wonderful Kristen A. Jenson:

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It’s amazing how one phone call can change your life and set you on a path you never saw for yourself. A path you distinctly remember telling God you did not want to go down.

Up until a few years ago, I shuddered whenever I thought about the plague of pornography. I knew it was an icky problem for many, but sorry—someone else was going to have to deal with it.

What changed?

I found out that young kids were getting hooked on porn.

Late one evening I got a call from a friend who confided in me about her oldest son. At the tender age of seven he was prematurely sexualized by another child (something that is increasing in frequency with young kids at school and during play dates). At the age of 13, he discovered Internet pornography and developed an addiction to using it. By the age of 17, he was acting out by sexually molesting several of his younger siblings. All under the radar of his very protective and caring parents!

Our conversation lasted until 1:30 am. When I awoke later that morning I had a pressing question in my mind: Who will warn the young children about the dangers of pornography?

I immediately went online to see if I could find a book for young children—I expected to find at least 20 books because I’ve never had an original idea in my life!

But I came up empty-handed. There were all sorts of “stranger danger” books, but nothing to warn children about pornography or to explain the brain science behind pornography addiction.

My reticence turned to passion.

I knew that I had to find a way to help parents teach their younger children to stay away from pornography. I love the old saying, “Knowledge is power!” and knew that if more children were forewarned and armed with knowledge and media defense skills, they could avoid the devastating influence and addictive pull of internet pornography.

But I didn’t do this alone. My friend Claudine Gallacher became a huge supporter, serving as my day to day writing coach. When I needed an illustrator, my friend Debbie Fox came into the picture. And all along, my co-author Gail Poyner, PhD, a licensed psychologist, was making sure we had the science right and giving suggestions for improvements. Plus, I had the benefit of experts who had researched and written about the effects of pornography—they also cheered me on.

While writing the book, people seemed to come out of the woodwork to tell us their stories of being exposed to pornography as young children (even as young as five) and later as adults struggling to pull free from its addicting power. Their stories motivated us to keep going.

Finally, after almost three years of research, writing, testing and refining, we recently published the book Good Pictures, Bad Pictures: Porn-Proofing Today’s Young Kids. So let me tell you a little bit about the finished product.

Good PIctures Bad Pictures

Good Pictures Bad Pictures is a comfortable, read-aloud story about a mom and dad who teach their child what pornography is, why it’s dangerous, and how to reject it. Using easy-to-understand science and simple analogies, it engages young kids to porn-proof their own brains.

But maybe the best part of the book is the 5-point CAN DO Plan. It’s like a “stop, drop & roll” response for pornography exposure! It teaches kids exactly what to do when, not if, they see pornography. When kids have a plan in place, it’s like installing their own internal filter.

It only takes a few taps on a mobile device for a curious young child to find an endless supply of deviant, hard-core, and addicting pornography—all for free on the Internet. Unfortunately, many young kids are being exposed to pornography without the slightest clue that it can damage their developing minds.

We tested Good Pictures Bad Pictures on dozens of parents and have received well over 70 five-star reviews on Amazon (check them out! amzn.to/1eSx4ig). That is gratifying. But what I love the most is knowing that kids are being empowered to fight this beast and keep it out of their brains.

I also started a blog at www.PornProofKids.com; a safe place where parents can find tips and tools to help them protect the tender minds of their young kids from a potentially lifelong addiction. Our mission is to help parents porn-proof their kids while they are still young and before they have been exposed, confused and hooked.

Kids deserve to grow up without getting their sexuality hijacked by the predatory and addicting porn industry!

You can also find PornProof Kids on Facebook, YouTube, Google +, Pinterest, and Twitter.

What is my life like now? Full. Very full! I was planning to go back to work (you know, the kind where they send you a paycheck every few weeks?), but I turned down my last job offer to write the book, speak to groups of concerned parents, and blog.

I never saw this coming three years ago, but God has given me the heart, day after day, to help parents empower their kids to reject porn.

I hope you’ll get involved and start talking about this critical issue with your friends, family and on social media. It’s going to take all of us becoming aware and engaged to turn the tide on the pandemic of pornography.

For more information please visit: www.pornproofkids.com and  www.goodpicturesbadpictures.com

Article written by: Kristen A. Jenson, Author of Good Pictures Bad Pictures; Porn-Proofing Today’s Young Kids

The article was seen first on Real Imprints.

Kristen Jenson

About Kristen A. Jenson

Protecting kids became Kristen’s passion after she received a late-night phone call from a traumatized mother dealing with the tragic consequences of her porn-addicted son. That’s when she linked arms with Dr. Gail Poyner and spent the next three years writing the Amazon #1 best-selling book, Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-Proofing Today’s Young Kids. Since then, Kristen has become a frequent speaker and guest on podcasts, webinars and radio broadcasts and is a member of the National Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Prevention Task Force. She actively blogs at PornProofKids.org, where she helps parents empower their kids to reject pornography. Kristen is the mother of two (really great) daughters and a son who beat her to heaven. She lives with her (really supportive) husband and (extremely cute) doggie in the beautiful state of Washington. She grew up in both Cheyenne, Wyoming and Boston, Massachusetts—which makes her a lover of wide open spaces, an extremely defensive driver, and a cultural schizophrenic. Kristen earned a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A. in Organizational Communication, both from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT.