Technology has been a great aid in helping my students to learn. But now I am daily experiencing the epidemic of internet pornography among my students. As an educator, how can I help?
Your role plays a crucial part in assisting our youth with the inherent dangers of pornography. Below is some media to help you help others in our quest to create a porn-free environment for our children.
This presentation and more can be found in our audio section.
- Fight The New Drug – Fight the New Drug is a youth driven organization dedicated to raising awareness on the addictive and harmful potential of pornography. http://fightthenewdrug.org/
- The Porn Talk – Awareness/Education –The Porn Talk team is made up of family life experts, professional counselors, pastors, creative directors, parents, teens, and Web developers who are dedicated to helping parents address the issue of pornography and Internet dangers. http://www.theporntalk.com/
Social Costs of Porn - PDF
What are the Stages of Pornography Addiction?
- Early exposure. Initial exposure to pictures or provocative material. The exposure is frequently accidental or may result from general curiosity. The problem begins when the person deliberately begins viewing pornography.
- Addiction. The person keeps returning to pornography. They recognize their activity as inappropriate, but regardless of what they resolve to do, it becomes a regular part of their life. The user begins to depend on pornography as their main source of ‘feeling good.’ The time spent viewing material continues to increase despite the consequences. Periods of abstinence may be followed by periods of binging.
- Escalation. The person starts to look for more graphic material. The images they now view might have disgusted them initially. They spend even more time looking at pornography and thinking about it becomes consuming. They may want their spouse to “act out” things that they have seen in pornography in their sexual relationship
- Desensitization. Eventually, the person becomes numbed to the effects of the pornography. They are in denial about their addiction and begin to see pornography and the sexual acts depicted as “normal” and acceptable. Even the most graphic, degrading pornography doesn’t excite them anymore. They become desperate to feel the same thrill again but can’t find it.
- Acting out. At this point, addicts make a dangerous jump and start acting out sexually with other people. Rather than limiting their exposure to images and experiences on the internet, they begin to act out the sexual fantasies they have seen. Their acting out may take the form of exhibitionism, voyeurism, promiscuity, strip clubs, sex with minors, soliciting prostitutes, or rape.
If you or someone you know is addicted to pornography, reach out now to get started on the path to recovery.