Find resources below to prevent and respond to online porn harm and support family conversations. Most importantly, be sure to check out our books for kids.
The Culture Reframed Parents Program is a complete, best-practice toolkit to help raise porn-resilient kids.
In particular, resources to check out from Culture Reframed include:
- Social Media & Mobile Phone Contract – an essential resource aimed at equipping you with the knowledge and skills to have conversations that ensure you stay connected to your young person’s online world.
- COMPOSE Yourself! – a model which helps parents respond effectively when they discover their young person has viewed pornography.
- Intervention & Recovery – guidance to understand the warning signs of problematic porn use and develop a strategy tailored to best support your family’s needs.
Filters and Apps to Help with Blocking Porn
Here we offer suggestions for filters and apps. These independent platforms are provided for informational purposes only, however, we are not affiliated with these sites. Importantly, we recommend that families investigate the right platform(s) for you and your children.
Importantly, filters by themselves are not enough – it’s not a matter of if your child sees porn, but when.
For children who have been harmed by pornography and require therapeutic services, families can often find assistance through the support of school wellbeing teams or community counsellors/psychologists. In Australia, Kids Helpline is a valuable resource. For families with older children who are looking for online recovery support, visit the Youth Wellbeing Project page on filters, apps and recovery resources.
KEEP YOUR CHILDREN SAFE IN CYBERSPACE
Kidlogger Parental Control is an effective free app for monitoring a computer or smartphone. KidLogger lets you know things like how long your kid is spending online, which apps were used and what websites were visited, who they have been communicating with, what photos were made and what they wrote to a friend.
Children’s Books to Help with Porn Conversations
Christian Children’s Books to help with porn conversations
A book to help with early teen porn conversations
Developed by Act for Kids therapists, 12 years and older is a guideline age for the use of this particular resource.
Before sharing this booklet with others, consider:
- Individual emotional maturity
- Developmental stage
- Context and environment
How to use the booklet:
- Do not give the booklet to a young person in isolation. It is designed to start conversations and debunk myths about the sex young people see online.
- Use the conversation prompts at the back of the booklet to inform your discussions.
- Be open, honest and nonjudgmental. Remember, this conversation will probably be hard for them too.
- Encourage them to ask questions. Answer these as honestly as you can.
- Use the correct terminology when talking about sex and private body parts.
- Have multiple short chats with your young person. This is much more effective than an exhausting drawn-out dialogue.
- Allow time for them to think about the content and reflect. We believe the ‘less is more’ technique reduces some of the embarrassment for the young person, which means ongoing conversations may be more likely to occur.
Books and Online Training to Support Parents
Closing Pandora’s Box is a parent’s guide for helping children and teens who have been exposed to, or are actively using pornography. Filled with worksheets and easily understood concepts, this book provides a framework for parents and kids to collaborate and work together in mastering the unbelievably strong desire to view porn.
Closing Pandora’s Box provides parents, children and teens the information and skills they need to fight what has become a very real and personal war. This book was written by Dr.Gail Poyner, a psychologist, who actually treats children and teens who are in the midst of disturbing pornography use.
Educate and Empower Kids provides resources to parents and educators to encourage deep connection with their kids through media education, meaningful family communication and intentional parenting. They do this by teaching digital citizenship, media literacy, and healthy sexuality education—including education about the dangers of online pornography.
Children’s Videos to Help with Porn Conversations
Videos for Parents and Caregivers to Help with Porn Conversations
Our Kids Online – Porn, Predators & How to Keep Them Safe
Follow the journey of two filmmaker parents, who accidentally stumbled on the biggest un-had conversation of our time, while researching the pros and cons of handheld devices for their children. A must-see documentary for every parent on how to protect our kids from online predators and the fallout from exposure to today’s genres of hardcore, violent, degrading porn. Featuring some of the world’s leading experts in this field. Read our review here.