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Let’s Talk Porn

Parents can help by implementing healthy boundaries around their children’s media consumption at an early age. Then at the right age, parents have the opportunity to shape the way their growing children understand and relate to sex and sexuality through open conversations. Parents don’t have to rely on sex education programs alone – talk to your child about the realities of pornography and the negative portrayals of sex. Parents can join together on college campuses and even in middle and high schools to make this a part of their agenda.

Finally, college campuses in recent years are seeing an increased role in implementing educational programs to aid in the healthy development of its students. The American College Personnel Association (myacpa.org) is an organization that seeks to empower and engage professionals, scholars and partners in actions to accomplish the goals of fairness, equity and social justice for students. The organization has developed publications and awareness programs about pornography in the digital age for educators and administrators to use at their schools. The idea is to promote an open forum of discussion on the topic.

For too long the pornography industry has steered the conversation with its negative portrayals of sex; however, college students and their support groups can speak out and get involved to promote a healthy social environment we all live in. Therefore, porn is an issue we must address from a multilevel platform. Our task as educators, parents and students is to become visual, vocal and visionary as we address this issue in our homes and on college campuses.

Dr. Louise Stanger received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, her Masters in Social Work from San Diego State College and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of San Diego. Her book Falling Up: A Memoir of Renewal is available on Amazon.

Roger Porter has two bachelor degrees, film and marketing, from the University of Texas at Austin. He works in the entertainment industry, writes screenplays and coverage, and when he’s not doing that he tutors middle and high school students.

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