This Is Your Brain on Porn: 4 Videos to Help Kids Reject Addiction

by Jul 9, 2015Addiction/Brain Science

It’s the second week of our Summer Film Festival and we’re focusing on helping kids understand addiction: what it is, how it feels, and why it’s harmful to their brains. The following four videos are short but powerful. We hope you enjoy watching and talking about them with your family.

Nuggets: Showing Kids How an Addiction Feels

nuggetsThis first video is called Nuggets and it’s pure genius! It shows kids how an addiction begins as a choice and then devolves into a desperate, dark need. It’s only about five minutes long but you’ll have a lot to talk about after you watch it with them.

Note: Nuggets doesn’t show everything that happens with an addiction (continuing to use despite negative consequences, lying to loved ones to hide the addiction, the shame involved), but it does portray how an addiction can feel from the point of view of the addict. For more information on how an addiction begins and develops, check out my post How to Create a Porn Addiction in 7 Easy Steps.

The Science of Pornography Addiction

Our second video is The Science of Pornography Addiction brought to us by AsapScience. It’s only 3 minutes long, but packs in a lot of information about how pornography acts like an addictive drug and re-wires the brain. This video is appropriate  for older kids (tweens and teens).

Dr. Hilton speaks to Youth and Parents about Pornography

Donald Hilton is a neurosurgeon and an amazing anti-pornography activist. He knows A LOT about the brain and helps us non-brain surgeon types to understand how porn impacts the brain just like a drug. This video is only 13 minutes long, but really helps kids and parents understand the neuroscience behind pornography addiction. Dr. Hilton uses several memorable analogies to get and keep your attention. Great for tweens and teens.

We Need to Talk…About Porn

Check out this powerful 2 minute animated video from Fight the New Drug. Great stuff for tweens and teens to help them understand that porn changes the brain and is definitely not cool.

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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