cover of Good Pictures Bad Pictures by Kristen Jenson

Good Pictures Bad Pictures by Kristen Jenson

Inside:  A popular book for tweens that talks about what to do if they find pornogrpahy.

About this book

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.

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.

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.

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Ideal ages

Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-proofing today's young kids is ideal for children between the ages of 9 - 12 years of age.

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.

You can find more books like this in my extensive list of Sex Education Books for Children.

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Resources

My mission is to create resources that will help you to naturally talk to your kids about sex, all while respecting your personal values.

Which means that inside this website, you'll find lots of resources to help you with talking to your child about love, sex, relationships and growing up.

My Sex Education 101 page includes all of the information on sex education. You'll find lots of different blogposts to help with getting started, on a wide range of different topics.

My Puberty 101 page includes all of the information on puberty. You'll find lots of different blogposts to help with talking to your child about growing up.

You'll find videos about sex ed in my Sex Education Videos resource page that you can watch with your child or to learn more about sex education yourself.

You’ll also find an extensive range of sex education books for children, for kids of all ages. There's even some books in there for parents! 

If you're looking for some ideas on how to talk to your child about bodies, Let's Talk About Bodies, will help you to start naming the private body parts and to have shame-free conversations with them about bodies. It is filled with lots of different ideas on how to have natural converasations with your child about their body. 

You'll also find some child friendly anatomically-correct cartoon illustrations of the genitals and internal reproductive organs that are appropriate for children from the age of 3 and up. Let's Look at Different Body Parts is a printable that will help take the awkward out of talking to your child about their body, so they grow up feeling educated, confident, and comfortable in their own skin.

If you're worried that talking to your child about bodies might lead to questions about sex, then you can relax. Let's Talk About Sex, will help you to explain sexual intercourse to your child in a way they will understand. It breaks sex down into simple steps that  take the stress out of explaining!

If your're unsure about how to answer your child's questions about sex, then The Sex Education Answer Book will give you age-specific answers to the most common questions kid's ask parents about sex.  Which means you don't need to worry about finding a child-friendly explanation that your child understands. 

About the Author Cath Hakanson

I'm Cath, a sex educator living in Australia with my husband and 2 kids. I help parents to talk about sex (with less cringe and more confidence) and empower their child to make smart sexual decisions. To find a better way to talk about sex, you can join my community of parents and visit my shop for helpful resources.

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