Pornography consumes lives, damages families, and has severe consequences for society as well. It is a world-wide problem, made even more serious by the unstoppable flow of porn from the internet.
The great news is that there are some excellent resources available to help us understand the scope of the problem and find solutions.
Josh McDowell’s ministry funded a survey by Barna Research. They surveyed over 3000 people, both Christian and non-Christian, about their experiences with pornography.
Included on their page are two excellent videos that describe the effects of porn on the brain. Outstanding. (Note: not graphic, but not for children)
The Great Porn Experiment: an excellent 17 minute presentation. Describes what porn does to men who watch it and why it is addictive. There’s even a surprising reason why many men, even non-Christian and non-religious men, are dropping porn. (Again, not Christian, and not graphic, but not for children)
X3 Watch: software and apps that you can put on any device to help you stop visiting porn sites. Sends alerts to people you choose as your partners for freedom. Note that although there is a free version, the more complete versions do have a cost. Helpful, but only if the person using it cooperates with it.
Covenant Eyes: Another excellent website that provides blocking and accountability tools for individuals and families. Again, there is a cost, but if your doctor told you that you needed a medication to save your life, and that medication cost you, wouldn’t you buy it?
A Letter to the Man on the Other Side of the Screen: Ever wonder how those ladies really feel? The ladies forced to perform on porn sites? One woman’s story.
Parental Controls for Smart Phones: This is a very informative site to help parents make their child’s smart phones and internet use safer to use.
Common Sense Media: This site has information for parents, educators and advocates on all sorts of media: movies, books, and apps. The information is free to use and will not send spam.
A Guide to Digital Citizenship and Cyber-Laws: This is a comprehensive guide to cyber safety and the laws regarding content, copyrights, bullying, and current dangerous practices.
A Guide to Internet safety – Cyberbullying: Using electronic media to harass victims is against the law, but happens especially often to teenage girls. Prepare yourself and your kids should someone attempt to bully you.