If your child has access to a mobile, laptop, tablet or any other internet-enabled device then it is likely that they may come across pornography intentionally, accidentally or by accessing a shared device.

How can parents manage access?

Parental controls and safeguards are available on a number of devices and via a number of providers. These tools are readily available for parents and can be helpful in the ongoing management of both content and devices.

How can parents help their kids?

Pornography’s influence can pose many challenges for young people and for the adults who live or work with them.
It is important for parents to talk with their kids about relationships and what they may come across online.

Learn more about how pornography isn't real—and what a respectful relationship really looks like so you can discuss it
with your children and teens.

Pornography doesn't show what good relationships look like, and isn't how people should be treated in real life. If your child has access to any internet-enabled device, chances are they've come across pornography.

Online pornography isn't real. For some, it can look exciting, but really, it's just a film crew, a bunch of lighting and takes... And it doesn't show what a respectful relationship looks like.

There are a number of programs and experts that are available to parents to help them guide the conversation with their kids:

It's time we talked webpage

It's time we talked

Pornography, young people and sexuality is a community-based project that supports young people, parents, schools, government and the community sector to understand and address the influence of pornography.

It's time we talked grew out of Maree Crabbe’s work with young people in secondary schools and community settings, as Coordinator of Brophy’s Safety and Respect Programs.

The Line

The Line

The Line encourages healthy and respectful relationships by challenging and changing attitudes and behaviours that support violence against women.
Find out more at Parents | The Line

Guidance from the professionals

If you don’t feel equipped to talk with your kids about pornography, or you need help for them or yourself you can seek advice from:

Kids Helpline

Kids Helpline (KHL) have had young people contacting them with concerns about exposure to pornography. From July – December 2016 83 children & young people contacted KHL about concerns they had about pornography.

Kids Helpline provides a confidential, free service for children and young people from age 5-25 to:

  • feel heard without being judged
  • explore their thoughts and feelings
  • express themselves be validated
  • be supported
  • be given information and referrals to specialist support.

Visit them at: https://kidshelpline.com.au/

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