3 Things To Do When You Catch Your Child Watching Porn

10 March 2017
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With the Internet coming right into your home and onto your child's mobile devices and computer, it makes it much easier for your children and teens to find porn. While porn has been around pretty much since people learned about sex and drawing, it's so much more accessible and easier for your child to find nowadays. In fact, porn can end up being beamed right into their email inbox. So, if you find out that your child is looking at porn, what are you supposed to do?  

Take a Step Back

Your first instinct may be to rush to your teen and confront them about it. However, you are going to want to stop and take a step back, take a deep breath, and calm down. If you immediately talk to your teen about it, you may not cover everything you want to. You may also feel really angry and your child may go on the defensive if you are yelling at them. So taking a step back and waiting a few hours or even a day or two can be really helpful. 

Consult the Other Parent

While you are taking that step back, you should also consult with your child's other parent. You are going to want to make sure that you and the other parent are on the same page, especially when it comes to any consequences. If you and the other parent aren't together and the child shuttles between houses, you are going to need to make sure that the two of you are not being stricter or more lax than the other. Even if you and the child's other parent don't get along well, this is something you need to work on together, for your child. 

Check the History

Even if you really don't want to look at the porn, you need to know what your child is looking at and how long they are looking at it. You need to know if your child is just occasionally looking at it or if they spend hours and hours every day looking at it and collecting it. You also need to know the subject matter since it could run into questions of legality, especially if your child is looking at child pornography or saving anything questionable. If your child is spending a lot of time looking or collecting porn, you may want to speak to a professional about getting them into a program dealing with pornography addiction treatment for teens

Pornography is out there. It's going to be nearly impossible to keep your teen away from it, so knowing how to handle it when it happens can make life easier on you.