You don’t have to look far to understand why 16 states have labeled pornography a public health hazard. That's why I dedicate so many episodes to addressing it. Today's perspective on the subject comes from Kristen Jenson, author of Good Pictures Bad Pictures. She will give us some tips on how to protect our kids' young minds and inoculate them against what could be a serious threat to their childhood.
Recently I was at a conference where we were learning about the harms of pornography and a woman from the audience, who was a social worker, stood up and shared her experience. She said her 7 year old is currently in therapy for his porn use. Another woman at the event told about the 12 year old son of her friend who was recently arrested because he molested his younger siblings after watching porn. You don’t have to look far to understand why 16 states have labeled pornography a public health hazard. If you want to understand more of what the peer-reviewed research says about it, go to truthaboutporn.com or pornharmsresearch.org.
So today I have a guest that I have been looking forward to introducing to you for a while now. Remember the book, Good Pictures Bad Pictures? You’ve probably heard me talk about it in a dozen episodes. That’s because it gives kids such a great piece of armor against the harms of pornography.
So my guest today is the book’s author, Kristen Jenson! She is a little hard to catch because she’s so busy speaking all over the place and developing more programs for protecting young minds, which by the way, is the name of her organization, Protect Young Minds. But I finally got to connect with her and here she is to introduce herself:
my conversation with Kristen
Boom! Go Kristen! We will not be intimidated! We still stand our ground and protect our kids.
We don’t protect by putting a bubble around children. Education is the best form of prevention!
I love how she made the analogy to the rain. When it starts raining, we bring our kids inside to put on a rain jacket and an umbrella, then they can go back out and play.
I also appreciated her talking about the drip, drip, drip method. When our children are little, they are like little seedlings, and if we gush the hose on them, telling them every little thing they ever need to know, they will be drowned.
The four pillars of prevention (built on a foundation of love) are so important:
Brain and body safety
Kristen is so passionate about helping parents that she has agreed to give away three copies of both Good Pictures, Bad Pictures, and Good Pictures, Bad Pictures Jr.! All you have to do to be entered to win is go to my website, click on the book giveaway link, and enter your email address! Easy peasy! If you want your name to be entered twice, just write a review on your favorite podcast app and I’ll put your name in twice! And if you do write a review, give yourself a pat on the back for doing a good deed for the day. Writing a review means more parents will have access to this important information that will help protect their kids.
You are awesome!! Keep up the good work!
Thanks for listening, and have an awesome day!
P.S. You can find Kristen here: