So, now you've heard the stats. You have some strategies if that first glance (unintended or not) happens, you can teach your children what to do if they see pornography again. But what if they've seen it again and again and again because, well, they want to?
Here are some ideas:
1. Don't freak out. Chances are good your child knows on some level what he/she's doing is not healthy behavior. There might be a lot of shame associated with engaging with porn, especially when discussing it with you. Losing your cool and heaping more guilt or shame is not going to help the process. Rather, it might more fully push the issue into a dark closet, which is not where you want that issue to go.
2. Have a frank discussion about when he/she first saw porn.
3. Ask him/her to identify possible triggers (other than the hormonal teenager thing). Is he/she feeling inadequate, inferior, curious, lacking, stressed, anxious? Are there certain circumstances surrounding the time he/she chooses to engage?
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