Life and Human Dignity

The Point: Time to Update “The Talk”


John Stonestreet

Start “the talk” early…

The average age for an internet user’s first encounter with pornography is somewhere between 9 and 11 years old. That’s not even counting the constant conversation our culture is trying to have about sex on television, in movies, commercials—almost everywhere. In other words, if you’re not talking to your kid about sex, someone else is.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not promoting sharing graphic details with young children. But if you’re thinking “are my kids old enough for ‘the talk?’” the answer is probably “yes.” And the best place to begin is by helping them understand what God created their bodies for. They have a design, a purpose. This gives them the “why” first, but be sure to also get to the “what”—those clear lines, appropriate touching, etc. And, of course, be wise: don’t leave them alone online.

But, still, please have the talk. They need to know the truth, and they need to know to have the conversation first and foremost with you, not the culture.





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