"Look Mommy! That’s Pornography!" How a 5 year old sparked a grocery store chain to cover up Cosmo

by Jan 1, 2015Speak Up

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by Kristen A. Jenson

Happy New Year! I hope you’re feeling more empowered against pornography today than you were a year ago!

May I share some success stories from 2014 with you? (Among them is how a 5 year old sparked a major reduction in soft core porn in her city’s grocery stores and how our book played a part!)

1. Good Pictures Bad Pictures is a #1 Best Seller!


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You’ve helped get the word out about Good Pictures Bad Pictures and it has regularly been #1 in all of three of its categories on Amazon (and has been getting more and more attention online with great reviews in newspapers and blogs). Thank you!!!

For me, this is personal. Every copy means that another family has a comfortable resource for talking to their kids about pornography and a plan to empower those kids to reject it. This realization makes me cry happy tears!

(And now it’s available on Kindle! If you’ve purchased a print version, get the Kindle version for only $0.99 for a limited time.)

2. Kids are speaking up!

They are using the CAN DO Plan to name pornography when they see it—and that is motivating their parents to make a difference. In fact, one mom who read Good Pictures Bad Pictures to her 5 year-old daughter is the reason that a major grocery store chain in the Midwest (Hy-Vee) is going to move and cover all Cosmopolitan magazines to keep them out of easy sight of kids. (Keep reading!)

3. The anti-porn movement is gaining energy!

Dawn Hawkins

Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of PornHarms.org

Here’s proof that we are making a difference. This amazing story was shared by Dawn Hawkins, the executive director of Morality in Media/PornHarms.com in a recent letter to supporters.

Father Sean Kilcawley attended our Summit. He directs many efforts in Nebraska to help those struggling with pornography and also the partners of those who struggle. He met Kristen Jenson at our summit. She wrote a book, Good Pictures Bad Pictures, for parents to read with their kids and she regularly educates adults on how to address these issues with children.

When Father Kilcawley learned about this incredible tool, he brought it back to NE where he suggested to his supporters that they get this book and read it with their kids. One woman…did just this. After reading the book with her 5-year-old, the little girl pointed to Cosmopolitan Magazine in the checkout line of the local Hyvee grocery store and identified that it was pornography. (HOW GREAT THAT THIS LITTLE GIRL COULD DO THAT!)

The mom realized that she had to do something about it. She took it to the manager to complain and she wrote a letter to the corporate headquarters. A little while later, the VP of Hyvee called her personally and told her that the stores in her city would be moving and covering all Cosmo magazines out of easy sight of young children. VICTORY!!!

Dawn Hawkins makes the point that as we work together as a coalition, miracles are happening. I can’t tell you how excited I was to find out that Good Pictures Bad Pictures helped a 5 year old girl to spark this positive change.

Epiphany–kids can and will play a part!

As we teach kids to reject pornography (and all sexual exploitation), THEY will help spark the changes that need to happen. Our kids will call for more accountability so that we act to clean up the public landscape of magazine covers, billboards and TV commercials. They will complain about online porn in video games and on YouTube and in the app stores.

Copyrighted illustration from Good Pictures Bad Pictures

Copyrighted illustration from Good Pictures Bad Pictures

I’m not saying that they have the responsibility to do this work, but when kids point out pornography, the adults (including the vice presidents of grocery store chains) will start to listen and respond.

I know that 2015 will bring many more victories as we work diligently to inform parents and empower kids to reject pornography.

What can you do to help? Share PornProof Kids and help others get informed and empowered!

Kristen Jenson
Kristen A. Jenson is the founder of Protect Young Minds and author of Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-Proofing Today's Young Kids. Kristen enjoys speaking, writing and anything else that will help empower kids to reject pornography. Kristen earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, and a master’s degree in Organizational Communication. Kristen currently lives with her husband in Washington State, where she enjoys growing a vegetable garden, watching Masterpiece Theater, and taking long walks with friends who tolerate her incessant talking about you know what. Above all else, her husband and three children are her greatest treasures.

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