Pornography, Consent and Healthy Relationships

Published: 28-May-2018

The internet has brought instant information and communication to our fingertips. Along with it has come easy access to online pornography. This is of concern because pornography has become increasingly violent and extreme. It portrays unrealistic and harmful messages about sex, sexuality and relationships.

childResearch shows that over 90% of boys and over 60% of girls have viewed online pornography. A review of the most popular pornography shows that 88% of it contains physical violence, 48% contains verbal violence and this violence is directed at women in 94% of cases.

Health professionals are concerned by the numbers of young people they are seeing who have gained unrealistic sexual expectations of themselves and others from pornography.

As a parent it can seem overwhelming but don’t put your head in the sand, find out what you can do to help keep your children safe.

Violence Free North Canterbury is hosting a parents evening at the Rangiora Town Hall on Wednesday 28 March 7pm to 8.30pm followed by supper. All welcome, FREE entry, no booking required. Guest speaker is Dylan Walls from Aviva Youth Services. Key factors for supporting teens and pre-teens through understanding consent, gender stereotypes and healthy relationships will be discussed.

Two similar successful events have been held in Oxford and Cheviot. The fourth and final event will be held in Amuri in April.  Participants have rated the presentation very highly and recommended it to others.

The following websites also provide useful information for parents

http://www.familyplanning.org.nz/news/2017/how-to-talk-with-your-children-about-pornography

http://www.itstimewetalked.com.au/parents/

Available download:

Promotional Poster (pdf, 1.9 MB)