A Wake Up Call for Parents Trusting Their Children's Internet Use

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Sexual addictions in youth causing big problems Teens are consuming pornography in large amounts unbeknownst to their parents The information in the attached article by ex-Lads' magazine editor Martin Daubney is startling, and disturbing, so I warn you in advance to prepare yourself before you read it. None the less, I think that it is very important to address this issue and make parents aware of the dangers that their teen children face online. Hopefully after reading the article attached below, parents will engage their children in discussions about online computer use and also take steps to keep tabs on all things online in their children's lives. One should not, in this day and age, believe that their children will not be exposed to pornography, if they allow free use of the Internet, whether via cell phone, or via other Internet enabled devices. The Internet is literally brimming over with pornography that is meant to rob us all of purity and holiness, and most especially our children. Some parents have taken the position that it is none of their business what their children do with their Internet use or their "private time" on various electronic devices. That could not be further from the truth. If you are a loving parent, then it is absolutely your duty to "raise your children in the way that they should go". Do you want your children to grow into adults with perverse or pure minds? Align your actions to preserve your children's future. For some of you, keeping your children virgins until marriage may be a lost cause, since some of your teenage children may very well have had sex without your knowledge or approval, outside of marriage. For others, your children may be gearing up not only for sex before marriage, but also sexual encounters and experiences that align to pornographic scenes they have been watching online. Regardless of what has happened to date, it is time to take this matter seriously and to bring your household into order. If your children have ventured down immoral roads, bring them back to the way everlasting. If you allow your children to continue to indulge in sexually immoral practices, it very well could have life long consequences. It can easily affect their mental well being, their sexual intimacy with their future spouse (if God has called them to marry), and their interpersonal relations due to struggles with pure conversation and interactions. On top of that, such practices will distance them from God and harden them to the things of the Holy Spirit. My point here is to encourage dialog, discussion and awareness. For the love of God, parents, do not assume that your child is the one that "would never do that". I counsel suicidal youth and I can tell you that many have had experiences that their parents know nothing about. Even more, many I have spoken to come from homes where they were regularly taken to church. Some of these youth were actively involved in youth groups, and some even met their "sexual partners" at Christian youth events. Do not be naive. Do not assume. Do not ignore this warning. Have candid and ongoing discussions with your pre-teen and teen youth about what the Bible says about purity and chastity and the nature of sex and it's proper context (namely only within a Biblical marriage; between one woman and one wife for life). God calls sex outside of marriage the sin of fornication and sexual relations of a married person with someone outside their marriage the sin of adultery. These are against God's standards were put in place for our blessing and our safety. If people would stick to God's plan for sexual relations, most of society's relationship based woes would be dealt with. Issues like pre-marital pregnancy, abortion, sexually transmitted diseases, dating related depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicide, etc would be things of the past. While as a society we are far and away from making these issues obsolete, it wouldn't hurt for those called by the name of Christ to get these matters under control in their own homes so that the name of Christ would have a better witness in the world. Jon Grant, JD, MD, MPH a world renown expert in addiction, has stated that he is concerned that pornography is affecting young people's brains. Evidently continued use of pornography alters one's mind and causes one's pleasure centers to be skewed toward sexually immoral meditations and actions. He also expressed concern that he is seeing a disturbing trend towards lower and lower ages in pornography addiction. He stated in a British Channel 4 documentary (Porn on the Brain) that the people he used to see come in for treatment years ago were 40-45 years old, now he is seeing a great increase in pornography addiction in people starting as young as late teens to early twenties. For those of you that believe that this is a problem mainly effecting boys and men, the current statistics are showing that girls and women are also heavily indulging in viewing pornography, and that more and more teen girls are looking at sex trade work as a viable option for a good income. As for the science behind all of this, it is definitely showing that pornography use has a risk of becoming more and more extreme. In a recent study, 1-2 youth out of ten stated that the pornography they view tends toward getting more extreme and more aggressive in order to meet the addictive need they have. MRIs have demonstrated that pornography addicts display the same kinds of brain responses as do other hardcore drug addicts, such as heroin addicts, etc, as compared to a standard control group. Dr. Grant further indicated that people 14-25 years old are far more at risk of developing life changing pornography addictions as their prefrontal cortex is not yet fully developed. It is said that this part of the brain is a sort of CEO of the mind; processing probability, regulating emotions and impulses, delaying gratification, handling uncertainty and abstract goals, planning for the future, and making good decisions and judgments. Studies have shown that children are far more vulnerable to addictions. The combination of the still developing nature of the teen brain and the hormonal body changes they go through during this time means that we parents should therefor, for the sake of our children's future mental state and for the sake of their relationships and interactions, take measures to ensure that, as best as we can, our children stay out of pornography and other addictive behaviors. As for helping to reduce the risk of pornography use in children, Dr. Grant states, "Placing the computer in an open area instead of a bedroom or den can keep users from the secretive surfing. This also helps parents keep track of children's Internet usage." On top of that, I would encourage parents to work with their children to encourage openness, honesty and transparency, with respect to their social networking conversations, texting habits, movie watching, book selections, and cell phone use. It is important that children understand that it is your responsibility as their parent to support them in keeping a healthy, mind, body and soul. Don't be afraid to ask your children for full accountability through the provision of a full list of their online accounts and passwords, and let them know that you will be checking on their interactions to ensure that they are operating in a safe and healthy manner with the privilege you have granted them in the area of online and electronic communications. Remember, you are called first and foremost to be their parent, which sometimes means being unpopular with your kids. Let them know that you are looking out for them and reaffirm your love and care has led you to move forward with greater knowledge of the risks of Internet use and with measures to help make those technologies less dangerous for your children. CAUTION: EXPLICIT CONTENT BELOW (YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED - THE TRUTH IS TRULY SHOCKING)!

Experiment that convinced me online porn is the most pernicious threat facing children today: By ex-Lads' mag editor MARTIN DAUBNEY

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Martin DaubneyBy Martin Daubney

I was sitting in the smart drama hall of a specialist sports college in the North of England with a fantastic reputation. Before me were a group of 20 boys and girls, aged 13-14. Largely white, working class children, they were well turned-out, polite, giggly and shy. Most of these children had just hit puberty and some were clearly still children: wide-eyed, nervous, with high-pitched voices. But when Jonny pinned their lists on the board, it turned out that the children's extensive knowledge of porn terms was not only startling, it superseded that of every adult in the room - including the sex education consultant himself. 'A nugget is a girl who has no arms or legs and has sex in a porno movie,' chortled one young, pimply boy, to an outburst of embarrassed laughter from some, and outright revulsion from others. The adults in attendance were incredulous at the thought that not only did this kind of porn exist, but that a 14-year-old boy may have actually watched it. But the more mundane answers were just as shocking. For example, the first word every single boy and girl in the group put on their list was 'anal'. When questioned, they had all - every child in a class of 20 - seen sodomy acted out in porn videos. I was stunned they even knew about it - I certainly hadn't heard of it at that age - let alone had watched it and as a result may even have wanted to try it. One 15-year-old girl said, 'Boys expect porn sex in real life'. And one boy - to choruses of approval - spoke of his revulsion for pubic hair, which he called a 'gorilla'. When Jonny pointed out that pubic hair was normal in real life, the boys scoffed, but some of the girls were angry that the boys' template of what to expect from real girls had clearly already been set by porn. By the end of the hour-long class - and three others that followed with other children - I was profoundly saddened by what I had witnessed. While teenage boys will always be fascinated by, and curious about, sex, what's now considered 'normal' by under-18s is an entirely distorted view of intercourse and the way relationships should be conducted. It seemed as if the children's entire expectation of sex had been defined by what they see in online porn. The conversation was horrifying enough, yet there was worse to come. In the playground, I interviewed a brave group of seven bright boys and girls aged 14-15 to ascertain in more detail what online porn they had witnessed. 'You're watching bestiality?' I asked. 'That's illegal. Where are you getting this stuff from?' 'Facebook,' the boy said. 'It just pops up whether you want it or not, sometimes via advertisements. You don't have any control over it.' A girl added, 'On Facebook, you just scroll down and it's there. If any of your friends like it, it comes up on your home page.' These kids were balanced, smart and savvy. They were the most academically gifted and sporting in the school. They came from ordinary, hard-working households. This was not 'Broken Britain'. Some were clearly shocked by what they had seen on the internet. 'I find it dirty and disturbing,' said one 15-year-old boy. 'I try not to look at it, but people just keep sending it to each other. They email disgusting links to each other's mobile phones to shock.' One girl put her head in her hands and said, 'It's just gross'. It's horrifying enough for parents to know that children can get porn via the internet. But to think they get it from Facebook - the social media currency that has become a universal must-have for teenagers globally - will strike terror into their hearts. The reply was a chorus of tens, nines and one eight. When I asked the children if there were parental controls on the internet at home, they all said no, their parents trusted them. They all admitted their parents had no idea what they were watching, and would be shocked if they did know. What I saw at the school was awful, but sadly not unusual. The findings were backed up in a survey of 80 boys and girls aged 12-16, commissioned for the TV show. It proves the vast majority of UK teens have seen sexual imagery online, or pornographic films. According to the survey, the boys appear largely happy about watching porn - and were twice as likely as girls to do so - but the girls are significantly more confused, angry and frightened by online sexual imagery. The more they see, the stronger they feel. But what impact is this steady diet of online depravity having on the attitudes of boys and girls towards real life relationships, and on their self-esteem? Could it even have a wider impact on their lives, blighting their ability to function in the world, get good qualifications and jobs? What I discovered left me truly shocked and saddened. With its frequent nudity and lewd photo spreads, I'd long been accused of being a soft pornographer, and after leaving Loaded I agonised that my magazine may have switched a generation onto more explicit online porn. In the documentary I set out on a journey to answer the question: is porn harmless, or is it damaging lives? My interest was deeply personal, too, as my own beautiful little boy, Sonny, is now four. Even though he has only just started primary school, the Children's Commissioner estimates boys as young as ten are now being exposed to online porn. I wanted to know what I could do to protect my own son from a seemingly inevitable exposure to hardcore material in just a few years' time. I used to be sceptical that porn was as damaging a force as the headlines and David Cameron - who recently said it was 'corroding childhood' - suggest. In the past I'd even defended pornography in university debates, on TV and on radio. I claimed it was our freedom of choice to watch it and said it could actually help add to adult relationships. But what I saw during the making of the film changed my opinion of pornography forever. The true stories of boys I met whose lives had been totally taken over by porn not only moved me to tears but also made me incredibly angry that this is happening to our children. And the looks of revulsion on those poor girl's faces in the playground enraged me. I feel as if an entire generation's sexuality has been hijacked by grotesque online porn. To find out what porn is doing to young men, and the girls they have relationships with, we spoke to them via online forums and discovered that there were many young lives seriously blighted by an excessive, unhealthy relationship with pornography that can begin when they are as young as 12. We learned that some had lost their jobs, others had broken relationships, failed exams, or got into serious debt through using porn. 'Every bit of spare time I have is spent watching porn,' he says. 'It is extreme. I can't hold down a relationship for longer than three weeks. I want porn sex with real girls, but sex with them just isn't as good as the porn.' Having established, like the recent Children's Commissioner report, that 'basically, porn is everywhere', we set out to discover what all this porn was doing to their brains. Was it having any effect at all? Could it be addictive? We found Dr Valerie Voon, a neuroscientist at Cambridge University and a global authority on addiction. Then, in the first study of its kind, we recruited 19 heavy porn users who felt their habit was out of control and had Dr Voon examine their brain activity as they watched, among other things, hardcore porn. She showed them a variety of images, both stills and videos. These ranged from images known to excite all men, such as bundles of £50 notes and extreme sports in action, to mundane landscapes and wallpapers - all inter-spliced with hardcore porn videos, plus pictures of both clothed and naked women. The ways in which their brains responded to this diverse imagery were compared with the responses of a group of healthy volunteers. She was interested in a particular brain region called the ventral striatum - the 'reward centre' - where our sense of pleasure is produced. This is one of the areas where an addict will show a heightened response to visual representations of their addiction - whether it's a syringe or a bottle of vodka. The compulsive porn users' brains showed clear parallels with those with substance addictions. Everybody on the project was astounded, even Dr Voon, who admitted she had been 'sceptical and ambivalent' about the study at the outset. If porn does have the insidious power to be addictive, then letting our children consume it freely via the internet is like leaving heroin lying around the house, or handing out vodka at the school gates. And this toxic effect is filtering down directly into young girls' lives. The most shocking testament came from Professor Gail Dines. Regarded as the world's leading anti-pornography campaigner, she has interviewed thousands of men and women about sex and pornography. 'When you interview young women about their experiences of sex, you see an increased level of violence: rough, violent sex,' she says. 'That is directly because of porn, as young boys are getting their sexual cues from men in porn who are acting as if they're sexual psychopaths. 'Pornography is sexually traumatising an entire generation of boys.' By talking with sexual addiction experts such as Professor John E Grant of the University of Chicago, Dr Paula Hall, the UK's top sex addiction therapist, and Professor Matt Field from the University of Liverpool, we learned that the teenage brain is especially vulnerable to addiction. The brain's reward centre is fully developed by the time we're teenagers, but the part of the brain that regulates our urges - the pre-frontal cortex - isn't fully developed until our mid-20s. The brains of teenagers are not wired to say 'stop', they are wired to want more. The implications of this study are profoundly troubling. So who is going to take on the responsibility for protecting our children until they are old enough to do it for themselves? Can we rely on schools? It strikes me that the current sex education system in the UK - where schools are obliged only to teach the basics of reproduction and the perils of sex, which they can opt out of anyway - is hopelessly outdated. In the internet age, our children are turning to online porn for an alternative sex education - the worst place they can go. The Mail claimed a victory in July when David Cameron announced that by the end of 2014 all 19 million UK homes currently connected to the internet will be contacted by service providers and told they must say whether family friendly filters that block all porn sites should be switched on or off. But our TV show proved that determined children will always find a way around online blocks. Ultimately, the responsibility lies with us, the parents. The age of innocence is over. Like many parents, I fear that my boy's childhood could be taken away by pornography. So we have to fight back. We need to get tech-savvy, and as toe-curling as it seems, we are the first generation that will have to talk to our children about porn. We have to tell our kids that pornographic sex is fake and real sex is about love, not lust. By talking to them, they stand a chance. If we stick our head in the sand, we are fooling only ourselves.


Jim Blake

All glory goes to the living God, maker of the heavens and the earth, for He alone is worthy of all glory and honor and praise. I consider the sufferings of this age not worthy to be compared to what is to come for those who place their faith in the King of kings and persevere in faith, day by day, until the end.

For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.

For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

Psalm 103:11-18

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