Really, Do I Need to Talk to my Kids about Pornography?

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Sugar DoodleWe’ve been enjoying a recent flurry of traffic with our promotional campaign for “The Decision.” Melanie over at has been very accommodating in not only posting the promotion on her Facebook page, but also in posting a permanent link on her website as a part of her recent Family Home Evening lesson on the same topic. The Facebook postings have been very insightful in understanding the nature of social media campaigns, but that’s a post for another place and time.

With all the attention, I’ve gotten a handful of comments about the topic. The one that hit closest to home, because my oldest son is presently in 4th grade, was this one:

So sad that we have to address this with kids so young, but the reality is that it’s necessary. When my son was in 4th grade a child brought a particularly graphic magazine to school and my son saw images I wish he never would have seen. It would have been better if we had talked about these types of magazines before the incident occurred.

One of the biggest obstacles that we are running in to with the marketing of this particular video is the reality that many people just don’t want to talk about pornography with their kids. I can appreciate the discomfort that comes with such a setting.

From the beginning of fatherhood, there has been in my mind the experiences of my youth that have given me a sense of what my own children would be in for. So much we take for granted as adults as our children are thrown into a sea of information and ideas from all sides.

There are two blessings in my own life that I am grateful for in this regard. The first has been the time that we have taken as parents to sit down with our children individually and discuss the uncomfortable with them on a periodical basis. The other blessing has been to have my children be front row observers to the production of “The Decision.” Where the idea of bad magazines and media has been instilled upon their young minds without having to encounter it first.

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Brent is married to a very supportive woman, is father of a large family, and went into business for himself in 2006.

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