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Raising Healthy Children in a Porn Culture: Challenges and Solutions

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Presenting Dr. Gail Dines

Professor Emerita, Wheelock College, Boston, USA

CEO and President: Culture Reframed


Come join us for this important event that will provide you with insight, information, solutions, and a passion for building a healthy generation of kids.

No doubt, it’s a hard time to be a child. Teens today are bombarded with difficult and ever-changing sexual messages. As a result, it has never been more challenging to parent or mentor kids into healthy adulthood.

As their access to technology widens, young people internalize sexualized messaging which affects their behavior, attitudes, expectations, brain development, and undermines their capacity to build healthy relationships.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • You will better understand the impact of porn on brain functioning, emotional and social development, and the long term health risks
  • You will leave with a practical toolkit for helping kids navigate this toxic digital culture
  • You will be introduced to Culture Reframed's robust online Parents Program that helps parents, educators and healthcare providers build resilience and resistance in young people to hypersexualized porn culture.

This event is open to all but will be of particular interest to Safeguarding Professionals, Educators, Health Staff and those working in the Violence Against Women sector.

THE STATISTICS ARE STAGGERING

  • Social media use is linked to increased rates of anxiety, depression, and poor sleep and the younger boys access porn, the more problems they have developing empathy, intimate relationships, and friendships with peers
  • A study by the American Psychological Association found that the more girls consume hypersexualized images, the more likely they are to be depressed, anxious, isolated, engage in risky sexual behavior, and abuse drugs and alcohol
  • On average, boys first view hardcore porn at 11-13 years old of age via Snapchat, Instagram, and free internet sites
  • Free porn sites get more visitors each month than Netflix, Amazon, and Twitter combined
  • 88% of scenes in the most watched porn contain sexual, physical, and verbal violence against women

The Problem

Today’s mainstream internet porn is free, hardcore, and harming our youth. Though it may seem hard to believe, porn sites get more visitors each month than Netflix, Amazon, and Twitter combined, with Pornhub alone receiving 28.5 billion visits in 2017. In addition, research has found that young people are increasingly exposed to porn -- either intentionally or by accident - through Snapchat and Instagram, which are becoming gateways for increased hardcore porn use among adolescents.

Over forty years of empirical, peer-reviewed research has shown that viewing pornography has multiple effects on children, youth, and adults. Researchers from multiple disciplines, using a wide range of methodologies, have shown that viewing pornography is associated with decreased capacity for empathy, connection and healthy relationship skills, lowered empathy for rape victims, lowered likelihood of intercepting a sexual assault, unhealthy body image, increased likelihood of engaging in sex at a younger age, increased likelihood of engaging in risky sexual behaviors, and increased erectile dysfunction among boys. Studies show that pornography also can lead to addictive use, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and loss of intimacy and control over one’s life.

With respect to hypersexualized media and girls, over twenty years of research shows that the consequences of exposure to sexualized images contribute to girls’ self-sexualization, which contributes to others’ objectifying them, and is correlated with higher self-surveillance and body shame. Exposure to sexualizing material continues to be related to feelings of shame, appearance anxiety, body dissatisfaction, eating disorders, low self-esteem, and depressed mood. There is evidence that for some adolescents, exposure to sexualized media is associated with greater sexual activity and support for increased tolerance of sexual violence following objectifying media exposure. This exposure has led to increased blaming of rape victims and decreased empathy for them.

In light of the consistent empirical findings on the harms of hyper-sexualized media and pornography, it is clear that we are dealing with a kind of stealth public health crisis that is eroding the fabric of our society, radically undermining the healthy development of children and youth, and contributing to increasing levels of sexual inequality, dysfunction, and violence. This weakens communities, destroys intimate relationships, robs young people of the right to healthy development, and breaks down those connective bonds that allow individuals, especially children and youth, to thrive in families, schools, and communities.


About Dr. Gail Dines

Dr. Gail Dines is a Professor Emerita of sociology and women’s Studies at Wheelock College in Boston, where she was also chair of the American Studies department. She has been researching and writing about the porn industry and sexual violence for well over twenty five years. Dr. Dines is a recipient of the Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America and author of numerous books and articles. Her latest book, Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality, has been translated into five languages.

Dr Dines is the CEO and President of the non-profit Culture Reframed. Dedicated to building resilience and resistance in children and youth to the harms of a hypersexualized and pornified society, Culture Reframed develops cutting-edge educational programs that promote healthy development, relationships, and sexuality. An internationally known speaker and consultant to governmental bodies here and abroad, Dr. Dines has been described as one of the leading anti-porn scholars/activists in the world.

Dr. Dines has worked with government here and abroad (Sweden, Iceland, Canada, England, Scotland, and Norway), violence prevention organizations, The American Academy of Pediatrics, The Centers for Disease Control (USA), child protection agencies, universities and high schools, to develop a public health approach to the harms of pornography. She is a frequent guest on television and radio, and is founding CEO of Culture Reframed, a health-based non-profit. Culture Reframed creates online programs for parents and educators so they can develop knowledge and skill sets to build resilience and resistance in young people to porn culture. She has served as an expert witness for the Department of Justice in the USA, and is working on a number of documentaries about the harms of hypersexualization and pornography.

Gail Dines is a regular guest on television and radio shows including ABC, MSNBC, CNN, BBC, CBC, and National Public Radio. She has appeared in The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, The Guardian, The Conversation, Marie Claire, , and writes for the Huffington Post. In addition to her TEDx talk, Dr Dines' work is the focus of a film by the Media Education Foundation called Pornland: The Documentary.

About Culture Reframed's Parents Program

Culture Reframed has built a robust, online Program for Parents of Tweens that was launched in March 2018. This program, available at no cost through our website, was developed over eighteen months by a multidisciplinary team of expert consultants drawn from the fields of pediatrics, developmental psychology, neuroscience, parent education, and adolescent therapy. Our 12-module program provides parents with the knowledge and skills needed to talk effectively with their children and other parents/caregivers about hyper-sexualization, pornography, healthy relationships, intimacy, and connection.

Program components include:

Powerpoint-based lessons, interviews, and accessible talks by professionals on the nature and extent of hyper-sexualized media and pornography today, the harmful effects of pornography, healthy child and youth development, and healthy relationships and sexuality.

Video interviews and accessible talks by professionals that demonstrate age-appropriate language to communicate with children about the impact of pop culture and pornography on individual, family, and community health, modeling best practices for influencing positive attitudinal and behavior change.

Resources to foster support among parents to access health services, and to facilitate systemic change.

Twelve scripted conversations produced by seasoned parent educators on how to have “courageous conversations” that can be downloaded by people interested in educating their community. The presentations contain images, a script, and a “toolbox” that will act as a guide for giving successful and compelling presentations.

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