KEY THINGS TO REMEMBER
This generation is the first to have ‘anytime, anywhere’ access to unregulated content and it is now common for young people to watch porn as a form of sex education.
Porn create unrealistic expectations of sex, relationships and the body and it’s important to ensure a young person is given sex education based on reality.
Accountability is a key element in supporting the young person in their current struggle and in helping them develop a strategy for the future.
TOP 3 RESOURCES
Refresh is a 6-session mentoring program and bible study for young people created by The Naked Truth Project. It enables a young person and mentor to explore the damaging impact of pornography and find practical and spiritual tools to live free from the power of pornography. Visit the Naked Truth website for more information.
Fight the new drug is a large US non-profit organisation dedicated to combatting pornography by offering a wide range of educational materials about porn’s societal impacts and on recovering compound used. They are specifically oriented towards young people and are very popular on social media.
DATING DILEMMA BY RACHEL GARDNER AND ANDRÉ ADEFOPE
How do you distinguish real love from infatuation, lust, desperation, or attraction? This is a great book to get young people to shift their focus away from pornography and instead encourage them to pursue and aspire to God’s standard for relationships.
This incredibly informative site focuses on the effects of internet porn on the brain and has grown out of 15 years of research analysis and 9 years of listening to recovering porn addicts. It includes strategies and tools for recovery as well as articles, videos and research around the issue. There is so much here it’s hard to know where to start, but we suggest watching the TED talk and moving on from there.
This is a christian website with testimonies and articles providing and signposting practical help for men and women to break free from porn addiction. Younger people will find the testimonies particularly helpful.
PornHelp’s mission is to help people who want to stop using porn to take the first step. They offer comprehensive, unbiased and regularly updated information about the different options for quitting porn. A fantastic site for those who are unsure of the options available to them.
Search ‘Reboot Nation’ on Facebook, YouTube or Twitter to find a wealth of inspiring teachings around the area of porn addiction. Originally created by Gabe Deem, Reboot Nation now collect testimonies of young men and women and has built an online community of those who want to find freedom.
APPLYING THE HANDBREAK, BEN DYER
This is an honest account of Ben’s teenage years, his struggle with porn and his relationship with God. Full of truth, humour and relatable experiences, this is a great resource for teenage boys navigating life as a christian in the modern world.
EVERY YOUNG WOMAN’S BATTLE, SHANNON ETHRIDGE
Containing a comprehensive workbook, this book helps young women to recognise and avoid the temptations and pressures on the journey towards adulthood and helps them to guard their mind, heart and body against sexual and emotional compromise whilst developing a deeper level of intimacy with God.
CHERISHED: BOYS, BODIES AND BECOMING A GIRL OF GOD, RACHEL GARDNER
This book tackles head-on the issues facing teenage girls: self-image, the pull of the in-crowd, puberty, boys, sex, regrets and godly ambition and inspires young girls to explore abilities and dreams, encouraging them to protect their hearts and appreciate their lives and mysteries in the world around them.
EVERY YOUNG MAN’S BATTLE, STEPHEN ARTERBURN
Containing a comprehensive workbook, this book provides young men with practical resistance strategies and calls them to rise above a self-seeking culture by examining God’s standard, training their eyes and mind, cleaning up their thoughts and developing a plan to achieve victory over sexual compromise.
THE PURITY CODE: GOD’S PLAN FOR SEX AND YOUR BODY, JIM BURNS
Written for teenage boys, this book is an honest and important discussion of tough and sensitive issues around sexuality, helping to prepare teens for their adolescent years by instilling godly values about sex, their body and their relationships.
STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT TEENS DATING, JAMES WEGERT
Written by a school counsellor, this book discusses the godly approach to dating by answering specific questions like ‘who and when should I date?’, ‘how do I date right?’ and ‘am I in love?’.
BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND FOR TEENS, JOYCE MEYER
Written with teen-friendly language, this book equips teenagers to win the war raging inside their mind and calls them to recognise their role in this battle.