Preventing an Addiction

Help and Support for Parents

Steps Parents Can Take to Prevent Children from Using Pornography

Preventing a problem with pornography is easier than trying to recover from an addiction. Parents are key in preventing pornography use in the family.

  1. Teach
    Help family members understand the desensitization process that occurs from repeated exposure to immoral images and behaviors found in books, magazines, and popular television programs (see 2 Nephi 4:31, D&C; 1:31).
  2. Love
    Develop a loving, open, and influential relationship with your children, teaching them proper values and healthy attitudes toward sexuality.
  3. Protect
    Safeguard the home. As a family, discuss and implement healthy media habits such as limiting television and computer time, installing Internet filters, and placing televisions and computers in high-use areas where the screens are visible to others.
  4. Warn
    Warn family members about pornography's ability to enslave and spiritually destroy them.
  5. Exemplify
    Immediately turn away from suggestive images and teach your children to do the same.

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