talking to your children about sex in the digital age

The dangers of the internet and how to protect your children

With the average age that a child gets exposed to pornography being under 10 years old, it’s no secret that the internet can be a dangerous place, especially for children. There are all sorts of risks associated with the internet, from cyberbullying to online predators. That’s why it’s so important for parents to talk to their children about digital literacy and how to stay safe online.

There are a few things you can do to help protect your children from the dangers of the internet:

    • – Talk to them about what they should and shouldn’t do online. This includes not sharing personal information, not talking to strangers, and not clicking on links from people they don’t know.

    • – Monitor their online activity. This means knowing which websites they’re visiting, who they’re talking to, and what they’re doing online.

    • – Teach them how to report anything that makes them feel uncomfortable. Whether it’s something someone said to them or something they saw, it’s important that they know they can come to you with anything that bothers them.

Sexting and other risks associated with technology

Sexting is another big risk associated with technology, especially for teenagers. Sexting is when someone sends sexually explicit images or messages via text message or email. It’s a growing problem among teenagers, as it can lead to embarrassment, humiliation, and even legal trouble.

If you have a teenager (or pre-teen), it’s important to talk to them about sexting and the risks involved. Make sure they know that once something is sent electronically, it can never be completely erased and could potentially end up in the wrong hands. It’s also important to remind them that sending or receiving sexually explicit images of minors is against the law.

Conclusion

It’s important to talk to your children about sex because it can help them make better decisions, stay safe, and understand their bodies. The best time to talk to your children about sex is before they reach puberty, but it’s never too late to start the conversation. When you’re talking to your children about sex, be sure to cover the basics of sex education and emphasise the importance of values and decision-making. In the digital age, it’s also important to talk to your children about the dangers of the internet and sexting. By having these conversations with your children, you can help them stay safe and healthy as they grow up.

If you feel completely out of your depth when it comes to talking to your children about sex, or if you just want to make sure you aren’t missing any vital points, be sure to sign up for my next workshop on talking to children about sex

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