Kia ora and thank you for joining the conversation about porn and young people!
The porn landscape for young people has changed dramatically over the last five years. It’s changed in terms of how much porn is available, it’s ease of access, how frequently young people watch it and the type of porn that is considered normal.
Porn has become a primary sex educator for young people (7,19), influencing youth sexual culture in new ways – which is why it’s important that youth organisations are equipped to be part of the porn conversation with young people.
Youth services play an important role in helping young people navigate porn by providing a place for safe and non judgemental conversations; assessing any impacts of porn on young peoples sexual and mental wellbeing and by equipping young people with porn literacy skills.
Porn literacy enables young people to critically examine and identify the messages in porn and understand how porn messaging relates to their own personal beliefs and values and to real life sexuality in terms of consent, respect, safety and health.
By helping young people develop porn literacy skills, we’re equipping them with the knowledge and tools to make informed and healthy decisions around porn, minimising potential long-term harm.
We’ve put together some resources …
to help with this based on feedback we received from New Zealand youth stakeholders in our survey: Porn and Young People – what do we know? The survey indicated that most stakeholders (95%) felt porn was an issue for young people, but many felt ill-equipped to engage on the issue in their workplace (25). They identified key resources they felt could be useful, and we’ve made a start on these below and if you would like to direct youth to this site, click here for a graphic to use on your social media platforms.