Recognizing an Addiction

Help and Support for Parents

Recognizing a Child's Pornography Problem

It is not always easy to recognize the warning signs that a child may be viewing pornography or involved in other compulsive sexual behaviors. It is wise to know some of the warning signs, but remember that there may be other reasons for your child’s behavioral changes that are unrelated to pornography use. The Spirit can and will guide you as you prayerfully seek help.

  1. Emotional Behaviors
    Keep in mind that some emotional behaviors may be just a normal stage of life, particularly with adolescents.
  2. Physical Behaviors
    Does your child quickly change the computer screen or turn off the computer when you walk by or enter the room?
  3. Spiritual Behaviors
    Does your child seem less interested than before in spiritual things?

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