Take a curious,
sensitive, open and non-judgmental approach.
Avoid binary language
when discussing porn such as ‘good/bad’ or ‘right/wrong’.
Listen with empathy
and allow a young person to openly share their perspective.
Normalise young people’s experiences.
Many youth describe feeling uncomfortable with what they see in porn – but still being aroused by it, which can result in confusion and/or shame.
Normalising any reaction to porn (such as feeling curious, grossed out, aroused – or all of these at the same time) can help reduce shame and open the conversation.
Be calm in your responses,
avoid showing shock or surprise, and use open and engaged body language.
about the role culture or faith may have in a young person’s beliefs around porn, the impact that may have, and the appropriateness and safety of openly discussing porn.
for diverse sexualities and genders, as Rainbow young people may be accessing porn as part of a ‘coming out’ process and may need support with this.