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How and When to Tell Your Kids about Sex
or a picture, is unlikely to remain the sole property of the person to whom
it was sent. A significant portion of recipients share the images with others,
especially after a breakup. Experts estimate that more than half of the recipients of sexual images pass the images along to others. Kids also need to
know that sending or receiving a sexually suggestive text or image of someone under the age of eighteen (including themselves) is considered child
pornography and can result in criminal charges.
We will discuss prevention of such behavior after discussing the biggest
danger posed by technology.
PORNOGRAPHY
Pornography today is different from what the typical parent might imagine. It aggressively pursues you and your children. Your children are the
market of the future for the pornography industry. Pornographers are
using sophisticated “big data”-­marketing methods5—­the same methods used by Amazon, Google, and o­ thers—­to draw as wide an audience
as possible into becoming customers dependent upon their products.
Pornographers attempt to bypass whatever protective h
­ igh-­tech barriers
you might put up in order to cultivate any new customer, including your
children. It does not just come through personal computers; it is coming
at your children through smartphones, tablets, and any device connected
to the web.
We run the risk of sounding prudish and alarmist in stating it this way,
but we take seriously the Lord’s warning in Ezekiel 3:16-21 to those on
watch, those responsible to alert God’s people of danger (that’s us!). If we
do not do our duty, the responsibility for any devastation that results will
be on our hands. In contrast, “If you warn the righteous person not to sin,
and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning, and you
will have delivered your soul” (verse 21).
The exact dimensions of the danger pornography represents and the
devastation it has produced are hard to document.6 The pornography
­industry—­estimated to be a $97 billion dollar industry worldwide (with
$10–12 billion of those dollars coming from the US)7 and to represent a
significant portion of all Internet d
­ ata-­transfer a­ ctivity—­operates in the
shadows; certain parts of it function almost (or exactly) like a crime syndicate. Different studies come up with different numbers; here are some
realities your kids face:
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