Porn Before Puberty

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Statistics show that nine out of ten pre-teens have downloaded porn. Brad Mathias urges parents to inform themselves of the dangers their young adolescent children face and to prayerfully approach the topic with their children.

This is a serious topic for parents. I urge you to watch and read about this. Statistics show that nine out of ten pre-teens have downloaded porn. Our kids ARE EXPOSED to porn already. Do you know this and do you have a plan to intentionally discuss this critical subject with your kids?

The girls interviewed in this article estimate that nine out of ten pre-teen boys and that five out of ten girls have porn on their phones. Parents, if these statistics are a shock, please read on.

The excerpts below are taken from the article, Porn Before Puberty, by Juju Chang and Nikki Battise for ABC Nightline (October 25, 2012).

“Is this slutty?” Danielle, having just put on a skirt, asked her friend Winnifred. Lady Gaga’s “Monster” played in the background. “Just dance but he took me home instead,/ Oh oh there was a monster in my bed,” the girls sang along.

“That’s a good length,” Winnifred answered. “It’s short, but in a cool way, not, like, a slutty way.”

Winnifred and Danielle are modern-day 12-year-olds. But they’re not playing dress-up — they’re getting ready for a Lady Gaga concert.

Winnifred carefully curates her online profile, pushing her budding sexuality to jack up her Facebook “likes.”

The documentary “Sexy Baby,” which was featured at the Tribeca Film Festival, follows Winnifred’s adolescence from age 12 to age 15, and delves into the world of porn before puberty. Winnifred’s journey in the documentary reflects that of many pre-teens today, and through her eyes parents worldwide get a glimpse into the hyper-sexualized culture their children are facing today.

“I know I look like I’m down to f—,” Winnifred says in the film.

The film explores how much social media adds fuel to the hormonal fire. Winnifred posted a revealing picture of herself with her bra showing. Why?

“It’s awkward, and we’re getting messages from everywhere that are saying, ‘If you dress this way, you are going to be either treated well or you’re gonna feel powerful,’” Winnifred told ABC News’ Juju Chang

Sex is power, and that’s how a lot of girls and boys seem to feel these days.

Winnifred’s mother, Jenny Bonjean, is a feminist who says she’s trying to raise an uninhibited, empowered girl.

“My message to my daughter is, sexuality is a wonderful, beautiful thing. You should embrace it. … It’s not the only type of power you’re gonna have. Unfortunately, it is in the culture the first power that they feel … where 13-year-old girls can have influences on grown men,” Bonjean-Alpart said.

“You don’t think they realize that?” she continued. “It feels good to have power. … You don’t want to abuse it. Don’t take it for granted. You need to find a balance.”

I don’t consider myself an alarmist, but it’s clear that the dangers of instant media connectivity combined with raging hormones, natural sexual curiosity and insecurity have combined to create a perfect storm for pornography to become a new normal for today’s preteens. These are girls that are 11,12, and 13 years old who have stepped into a world of adults without any protection or wisdom to process and filter what they see.

In my opinion, this exposure to porn is warping our sons' and daughters' God given identities and perverting their expectations of what healthy relationships should be like. Scary stuff!

Please parents, share this article, inform yourself of the very real dangers that our young adolescents are facing and intentionally and actively speak with your kids about their viewing/exposure to porn and ask them about their friends. It’s an issue that unfortunately is NOT going to go away and we cannot simply deny its presence any longer.

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. (Titus 2:11-14 ESV)

This is a tough one, but a critical topic to prayerfully approach with your kids! May you be filled with God’s wisdom and grace as you seek to keep your kids in between the lines and on the road of life

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