Teaching young people how to navigate porn

Did you know that by the age of 13, the average Australian boy has already watched porn?

More than 50% of young boys aged 13 years old have admitted to viewing pornography, either streamed via their phone or computer1.

So if your son’s had his 13th birthday, chances are, he’s already been exposed to porn. By the time he turns 16, he and all of his friends will most likely be watching porn, regularly1.

If you have kids around this age, you might be thinking:

  • ‘Should I do or say something?’
  • ‘What do I do about it?’
  • ‘Will this affect the way they view women?’
  • ‘Will this be a good sex educator for them?’
  • ‘At what age is this appropriate?’

1 Lim, M., Agius, P., Carrotte, E., Vella, A., & Hellard, M. (2017). Young Australians’ use of pornography and associations with sexual risk behaviours. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

Navigating Porn: Training for Parents

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We can help you start those tricky conversations with your kids.

Our Check and Chat Porn 101 training informs parents and carers on the way young people access and use erotic imagery and porn in the modern day. We also give you practical ways to keep those conversations going so your kids understand expectations vs. reality around relationships, pleasure and consent.

Our Porn 101 training sessions focus on skills-based training, meaning you’ll be able to walk away from our sessions with the confidence and practical skills to navigate those tricky topics around porn, consent and e-safety with your young person.

Navigating Porn: Workshops for Young People

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Our Check and Chat Porn 101 workshop is also designed to educate young people around porn and online safety.

We explore how the rise of nudes, sexting and online image-based abuse can impact a person’s ability to consent to their image being taken, or a video being shared or shown to others. The workshop will also address the legalities of accessing and sharing erotic images for young people. 

Our workshops are shame and guilt free, and encourage young people to think critically about pornography and their consumption of sexualised media and imagery.

Resources and further reading

For more information on how pornography can impact young people, we recommend checking out these resources by Dr Michael Flood, Associate Professor at the Queensland University of Technology. Dr Flood is also an activist and researcher on men, masculinities, gender and violence prevention.

Shifting Men’s Relations to Pornography
Dr Michael Flood, Associate Professor at the Queensland University of Technology

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