The average age of entry into the commercial sex market is 12 years old. From the age of 10 to 13, kids go through a lot of changes, and parents need to work to keep the lines of communication open and have the hard conversations to keep their kids safe.
A full "Sex Talk" should be addressed by age 10 because most children are starting to be exposed to it through social media, television, or by friends. Make sure that you have an open, honest conversation with your child.
Reiterate the importance of consent.
Talk frankly about the dangers in sharing nude or sexually explicit photos of themselves.
Talk about how sexual predators might approach them on social media, at the mall, or even at school.
Discuss the dangers of pornography and how your child should respond when they see something that makes them feel uncomfortable.
Store safe numbers in your child's phone, the 3 to 5 people they can call for any emergency. Create a device policy, discuss it with your child, and have them sign it.
Figure out where your kid is comfortable opening up to you (ex. on a walk, driving to school, etc.) and carve out intentional time with your kid--let them talk and you listen. #SafeTalk #Consent #EndIt #EndItMovement #FreedomRequiresAction
This read-aloud book is a comfortable way to discuss a difficult topic. It teaches kids what pornography is, why it’s harmful, and how to reject it. To stay safe in the digital age, kids must install an internal filter. Good Pictures Bad Pictures shows them how! Great for ages 7-12.
Darkness to Light Resources:
- Talk to Kids About Body Safety & Boundaries
- Talk to Kids About Digital Safety
- Talk to Kids About Events in the News
- Pre Teens & Teens Conversation Guide
- The Consent Conversation
- 3 to 5 Conversation Guide
- 6 to 8 Conversation Guide
- Checklist for Safer Sleepovers
- Safer Camp Experiences
- Tips for Hiring Caregivers
- Tips for Selecting Youth Serving Organizations
- Online Safety Guide
- Healthy Sexual Development