5 Signs Your Child May be Looking at Pornography
As a responsible parent, you want the best for your child no matter what. This means you are always on the lookout for vices and temptations that may lead your child down a path of self-destruction and addiction. One of the addictions sweeping our country like a super-virus is the addiction to pornography.
In simpler and more modest times, it was only a question of if your child will encounter pornography but these days that “if” is more likely a “when”. This multi-billion dollar industry based on exploitation has become so insidious that it has begun creeping into many aspects of our lives.
You see it in the movies, the internet, music, and even libraries. There is nowhere your kids can hide from this toxic media, nowhere you can properly shelter them to avoid pornography completely. And on average, kids are now exposed to such damaging media at only 11 years old.
The importance of recognizing the signs of exposure and growing addiction to pornography simply cannot be overstated. With the young age of first exposure, the vulnerability to the addictive tendencies of these images and video can be incredibly powerful.
Having a conversation with your child early on can prepare them, but you should be ready to recognize the symptoms of addiction if they begin to take hold.
1. Increased Degree of Secrecy
When a child first encounters pornography, they will feel frequently feel guilt or shame in regard to the experience. This can lead them to begin to withdraw from family time while spending more time alone, often in their bedroom.
2. Increased Isolation and Separation from Friends & Hobbies
The initial shame and guilt that the child feels will begin to fade as their newfound obsession grows quickly. They will often maintain a high level of secrecy, preferring to spend large amounts of time alone and away from friends. You may notice that your child has lost interest in hobbies they were previously enthusiastic about, such as gaming.
3. Emotional Changes Such as Depression or Irritability
The physical isolation and social changes come at a time when your child needs them most for optimal mental development. Isolating themselves with pornography will exacerbate their emotional instability at times and can lead to significant mood swings or depressive episodes.
4. Explicit Language or Art
As your child becomes more entrenched in their pornography habit, it begins to dominate more and more of their thoughts and actions. This means you may begin to notice them using graphic language, drawing, or doodling explicit images. Seeing this means that they have likely been exposed to pornography for some time already.
5. Sudden Changes in Technology Use
Being in an era where digital interaction is one of the primary forms of communication and media consumption, noticing changes in your child’s technology use can be very revealing. A sudden increase in usage, consistent history clearing, or taking the device to the bathroom can be indicative of a problem with pornography addiction.