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Good Pictures Bad Pictures by Kristen Jenson

Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-proofing today’s young kids by Kristen A. Jenson, is a book for older kids (9-12) that addresses pornography: what it is, why it’s dangerous and what kids should do if they happen to find it.

Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-proofing today’s young kids by Kristen A. Jenson, is a resource that parents can use to start a conversation with their children about pornography. Porn is one of those tough topics, that most (if not all) parents find difficult to talk about. So having a book like Good Pictures Bad Pictures, can help with starting that first conversation. Books just make it a whole lot easier as you have the words to say, right there in front of  you! Which means that you don’t have to remember what to say!

Books like Good Pictures Bad Pictures make talking to kids about porn, much easier. With today’s children spending more and more time online, the risk of them finding sexually explicit material online is much greater than ever before. So, along with chats about other risks like road safety, drugs and alcohol, parents also need to be talking about porn with their kids. The difficulty though, is in how to start the conversation!

This book was updated in late 2018. Here’s the author’s overview about what changes have happened.

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Good Pictures Bad Pictures is based on the story of a mother talking to her child, over a series of different conversations about what pornography is, why it’s dangerous, and what to do when you see it. Using easy-to-understand science and simple analogies, the book is designed to teach children to porn-proof their own brains.

At the start, the author provides information for parents on why pornography is a problem, as well as providing tips on how to read this book. The book is based on research that says that when children view porn, that it will affect their brain development. We are still in the early days of fully understanding the impact of pornography on children.  Children do not have the maturity or life skills to be able to process sexually explicit images but we still don’t know how exactly porn harms children. So while the research is still quite inconclusive,  we need to take the approach of protecting children from pornography until they have the maturity to be able to fully understand the meaning of sex.

Good Pictures Bad Pictures is based on the 5-point CAN DO Plan, which teaches kids how to avoid the brain-warping images of pornography and minimise the troubling memories of accidental exposure that often tempt kids to look for more and possibly lead them into a porn addiction that they are too young to handle. To stay safe in the digital age, kids must install an internal filter in their own brain. Good Pictures Bad Pictures shows them how.

You can also find parents resources on how to talk to your child about porn, at the authors website –  Protect Young Minds. You will find a resource on how to start talking, and another resource on what to do if your child has already been viewing pornography.

The author, Kristen A. Jenson, does have a new version of this book for younger children, Good Pictures Bad Pictures JR.

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In summary

Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-proofing today’s young kids by Kristen A. Jenson, is one of the few books that has been written for children on the dangers of viewing pornography. It is a long book that provides a very comprehensive overview of what porn is, why it’s dangerous and what kids should do if they happen to find it.

Buy a copy

You can buy a copy of Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-proofing today’s young kids by Kristen A. Jenson from Amazon or  Book Depository.

Other sex education books

There are a lot more sex education books out there, that talk about a range of other topics.

You can find them listed in this new FREE parent resource: Sex Education Books for Children: a Parent Guide.

Make sure you go and check it out. It includes a lot of sex education books that will make talking about sex (and porn), a whole lot easier!

And before you choose a book, like Good Pictures Bad Pictures by Kristen A. Jenson, you want to make sure that it is the right book for you and your child! There are a lot of books out there and what is right for me may not necessarily be the right book for you!

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