In Others' WordsIn Others' Words

Monday, June 01, 2009

Did you know:

• The average age of first exposure to Internet pornography is 11 years old.

• Ninety percent of most 8-16 year olds have viewed pornography online—most while doing homework.

So I'm browsing through a fashion magazine that my two oldest daughters like. It's all about makeup and clothes and bargains and--of course--celebrities. I flip to one page where various celebrities are asked, "What's your favorite Web site."

One actress mentions because her kids like it. One mentions a news site, another a clothing site. And the only guy interviewed?

He mentions a Web site where you can find free porn.

Excuse me?

His quote went something like, " (not the actual name, okay?) has the best free porn around. It's true! Is that a bad thing to say? If I'm tired of porn and I want to shop for a new lamp, (also not the actual site) is good."

I've blogged about how pervasive pornography is. I've spoken at several Hearts at Home conferences about how moms need to help their sons choose purity instead of pornography. I'm working on a book on the topic.

With all the research I've done, I shouldn't be surprised anymore.

But I am.

And I imagine I will be again.

I'm hear to remind you--and to remind myself--to stop being surprised by pornography. Stop thinking your son--or daughter--won't be affected by porn. Realize that's it's not a matter of if your son will be tempted by porn--it's a matter of when and how.

You don't get to decide how old your son is when he's first exposed to porn.

And if he gets hold of a supposedly innocent magazine that has a dangerous quote like this in--it may be sooner than you realize.



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