PARENTING

KEY THINGS TO REMEMBER

Surrounding children with examples of positive romantic relationships and friendships is essential to developing their understanding of healthy sex and relationships.

Creating a culture of openness and honesty in the home allows ongoing conversations about these relationships, allowing children to share their experiences without fear of being told off: don’t make sex and porn taboo subjects.

Set up an easy to remember routine for your child in case they see content that upsets them (e.g. Turn it off, Turn away & Tell a trusted adult.)

TOP 3 RESOURCES

LEFT TO THEIR OWN DEVICES, KATHARINE HILL

Katharine Hill explores the impact of the digital world on teenagers and younger children, giving practical advice on screen time, social media, and consumer culture as well as how to tackle some of the more serious issues such as cyberbullying, grooming and pornography.

WWW.INTERNETMATTERS.ORG

Created by Internet Service Providers, Internet Matters brings advice on internet safety issues, news and advice from industry experts, guidance on setting parental controls and filters, and reviews on the latest technology and apps. By keeping up-to-date with the way that children are using the internet, parents and carers are better equipped to support children in using the exciting new services safely and responsibly.

HOW TO TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT PORNOGRAPHY, EDUCATE AND EMPOWER KIDS

Whether your kids are 8 or 18, this book provides critical information and great discussion questions that will foster productive and meaningful conversations between you and your kids.

ONLINE RESOURCES

WWW.SAFERINTERNET.ORG.UK

The UK Safer Internet Centre provides up-to-date and detailed information about the internet but also provides an in-depth parent guide to wider technology including information about smartphones, gaming devices and tablets. It gives details about the safety features for individual sites such as Instagram and Snapchat.

WWW.COMMONSENSESHOP.COM

Common Sense Media is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. They offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books and music.

WWW.THEPGWORKSHOP.COM

Book the PG Workshop for your church, school or community. This two-hour session equips parents to confidently talk about porn in their homes. Parents are given up-to-date information regarding digital culture as well as practical tips, advice and resources for protecting their children at different stages of their development. They also receive access to an exclusive interactive parent pack.

WWW.CHILDNET.COM

Childnet International works with children and teenagers to find out about their experiences online and then educate and equip parents, carers, teachers and professionals to support them.

WWW.CAREFORTHEFAMILY.ORG.UK

Care for the family are a registered charity that has been working to strengthen family life since 1988. Their aim is to provide strong family relationships and to help those who face family difficulties. Working throughout the UK, they provide parenting, relationship and bereavement support through events, resources, courses, training and volunteer networks.

BOOKS

A PARENT’S GUIDE TO YOUNG PEOPLE AND PORN, YOUTHSCAPE

This book is packed full of handy hints and practical pointers for parents to initiate conversations that are factual, sensitive and appropriate for their children. This easy to read resource will help you to start the conversations that matter.

GOOD PICTURES, BAD PICTURES, K. A JENSEN

Through storyline, science and simple analogies, this story teaches children what pornography is, why it’s dangerous and how to reject it. This book is suitable for children age 8-13.

PREPARING YOUR DAUGHTER FOR EVERY WOMAN’S BATTLE, SHANNON ETHRIDGE

Young girls are constantly bombarded with messages about sex. This book addresses the issue by creatively guiding parents and daughters through discussions about sexuality, purity and dating - leading to a deeper understanding of and appreciation for God’s standard.

WHERE HAS MY LITTLE GIRL GONE? TANITH CAREY

This practical guide enables parents to protect and develop a daughter’s self-esteem. It addresses the pressures that young girls face that can lead to issues such as eating disorders, self-harm and low self-esteem, and explains how parents can help to channel their daughter’s attentions towards positive female role models and habits.

PREPARING YOUR SON FOR EVERY MAN’S BATTLE, STEVEN ARTERBURN

This book aims to support all parents to have the difficult conversations around sexual integrity and purity and to equip sons with the biblical information and spiritual insights they need to stand strong, overcome temptation and experience the blessings of godly obedience for the rest of their lives.

TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN HEALTHY SEXUALITY, JIM BURNS

This book offers a biblical approach and expert advice to answering the uncomfortable questions that children have around sex and their bodies, and provides an opportunity to establish children in a lasting sexual integrity that will serve as a foundation for the rest of their lives.

DIGIDUCKS BIG DECISION, KIDSMART

Available as a PDF, this illustrated storybook for children tells the story of Digiduck and his friends to help children understand how to be a good friend to others on the internet. This book is suitable for children age 4-8.

BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND FOR KIDS, JOYCE MEYER

This book breaks down and introduces the concept of the spiritual battles christians face, to help children take their faith to the next level and equip them for their walk with Jesus. This book is suitable for children aged 8-12.

Ian Henderson