We Need to Talk about Porn

Porn is everywhere! It’s a very different age from when many of us were teenagers and technology has come a long way from having a sneaky look at a magazine in the bushes at school with your mates. If you have a smart phone you can access pornography and statistics show that many young people do. But how do we talk about it? How do we even start a conversation that makes many of us feel uncomfortable? How do we frame it so our teens aren’t scared off sex or talking to us for good?

This interactive workshop is aimed at empowering parents and others working or living with teens to have conversations about relationships, sex and pornography with their teens. These conversations can be tricky to navigate and we aim to provide an informal and safe environment where we can use practical tools to engage young people in these awkward conversations.

Based on work delivered in schools, this workshop will cover how to talk about healthy relationships, consent and how to get young people to understand how the sex we see in pornography is very different to sex in the real world.

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Talk to teens about healthy relationships.
  • Understand what consent is and why it’s so sexy
  • Identify the impacts of pornography on young people – in particular their ideas on relationships, body image and sex.
  • Discuss and navigate how to respond to realistic scenarios.
  • Feel prepared to have a conversation with your teen about pornography.

Sex is a great part of life and we want to raise our children to be adults who have healthy and fulfilling relationships. Having these conversations is one practical step we can take to empower them to do so.