And if I am perfectly honest with myself, I will acknowledge that this is more than a possibility, but more of an eventuality. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that the average child spends 7 hours each day engaging with entertainment media. Even if your child spends less than this, the ubiquitous nature of technology, and the pornography that laces it, means that pornography will at some point be viewed by your child, perhaps in your home. There are so many great resources for filters, and ideas for teen safety, but those are for a different post. This resource is one that I have been talking with my daughter about since she was three years old.
I keep this book with our picture books, which gives my daughter a low-key chance to re-associate the message with the book. She asks questions sometimes, and gives an opportunity to revisit the important message. As a side note, I always have a tasty healthy snack, such as a veggie tray, ready to snack on while we talk about this. It seems to help the mood feel natural and low pressure as we discuss such a heavy topic.This book is probably most effective when read with children eight and older, but the ideas that are outlined are great starting places for all parents. I use them as talking points with my preschooler as we leaf through the pictures of the book.
I am so glad that my daughter and I now have a way to talk about pornography, because it will inevitably be something she experiences. And though I in no way welcome that day, I don’t feel helpless and terrified. I hope you find the same peace of mind through this resource. You can find Good Pictures, Bad Pictures at Amazon orwww.goodpicturesbadpictures.com.