As the Internet becomes a central aspect of everyday life, concern is growing over sexual predators online and access children have to sexual material.
There also seems to be growing concern over the prevalence of sexting. And rightfully so; it seems like every time you turn on the news there is another sexting scandal. However, as a certified sex educator, I’ve realized over the years that most of the concern from parents seems misguided.
In order to prevent children from being harmed by risky internet behaviors, we need to aid them in the development of sexual and romantic competency. In other words, kids learn about sex whether or not they get comprehensive sexuality education at school, whether or not their friends are abstinent or sexually active, and whether or not a parent has had “the talk” with their child. Therefore, we need to equip them with the skills and provide the support they need to make healthy decisions online and offline.
My Straight Talk Parent Series workshop, “Teens, Sexting and Social Media,” will discuss the growing use of Internet pornography among children and how parents can protect their kids from Internet predators. At the workshop:
With this new knowledge and a little bit of practice, you will be able to connect with your children and help them develop into sexually competent people. For more information on this topic as well as my credentials and experience, visit www.meganmaas.com.