Parent Alert!  Is “After” the New “50 Shades of Grey” for Kids? (Watch out – It’s Coming to the Big Screen!)

Parent Alert! Is “After” the New “50 Shades of Grey” for Kids? (Watch out – It’s Coming to the Big Screen!)

Our regular Parent Alert! news updates help parents stay ahead of the trends affecting kids in our hypersexualized culture. This month we’re covering headlines from around the world: a twisted erotic fiction series popular with teens is coming to a theatre near you; a global study compares how countries are combating the child sexual abuse epidemic; and, Microsoft Bing has been suggesting child sexual abuse images in search!… Read More Read more
5 Ways Kids’ Brains are Super Susceptible to Porn

5 Ways Kids’ Brains are Super Susceptible to Porn

“What’s the most important thing to know about the effects of pornography on kids?” Dr. Jennifer Brown, mom to 5 growing boys, doesn’t hesitate to share her well-founded opinion on that question! She insists that parents and policy makers need to understand 2 facts:
  • First, recognize that kids’ brains process porn different from adults, and
  • Second, that kids’ brains are more vulnerable to porn.
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    Sexual Assault Expert Warns of Heartbreaking Trend Among Children

    Sexual Assault Expert Warns of Heartbreaking Trend Among Children

    I am a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) at a large children’s hospital. My job is to collect evidence, look for injuries, provide support, and testify in trials for victims of sexual assault. If you’ve ever heard of a “rape kit”, SANE nurses are the ones who collect the evidence that goes inside of these kits. I remember distinctly where I was sitting several years ago when my gut told me something was off.… Read More Read more
    I Was Sold on Backpage.com: The Story of Jane Doe

    I Was Sold on Backpage.com: The Story of Jane Doe

    No one knows the real number of children prostituted every year in the United States. Estimates are between 100,000 to 300,000. These are children bought and sold for sex in our own backyard. And, until last week, Backpage.com, an online classified ad platform, was the primary channel used to complete these transactions of modern-day slavery. Today we’re celebrating because Backpage has been shut down in a collaborative effort between the FBI and other government agencies!… Read More Read more
    Three Ways to Guard Against Child Sexual Abuse

    Three Ways to Guard Against Child Sexual Abuse

    Earlier this year a nation was rocked as it heard testimony against Larry Nassar (former Michigan State University faculty member) from almost 100 victims who endured sexual abuse under his care. The connection between pornography and child sexual abuse cannot be understated! This week author and child health educator, Kimberly Perry, joins us to teach parents how they can protect children from abusive encounters.… Read More Read more

    How Bad is the Dirty Dozen? National Group Reveals 2018 Worst Offenders

    Should corporations profit from sexual exploitation of women and children?  Umm…NO! Can you do something quick and easy to stop them? Definitely, YES! Each year since 2013, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) has published their Dirty Dozen list. (See the worst offenders for kids below–I was a little surprised by #1.) It’s a way to publicly call out (and shame!) corporations who exploit people (mostly women and children) for profit, whether that be through:
  • pornography,
  • prostitution,
  • sexual objectification,
  • sexual violence, and/or
  • sex trafficking.
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