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Porn Addiction in Teens and the Use of Monitoring Apps

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Teens are in the vulnerable stage of their life and there is so much that they have to face during this period. Where they face this complicated period of their life, they are equally prone to making wrong choices and doing wrong things.

As we see them growing and we think that they are becoming rebels, they need our guidance and help in the things that they don’t understand. Although they don’t ask for it, they do need their parents by their side all the time.

When kids are exposed to the internet and social media, they come across a lot of new things and most of those things do seem like adventure and fun, but actually, they are dangerous for the kids. Pornography is one of those things that seem very interesting and pleasurable at first, but with time, it becomes too much toxic and can affect kids’ mental health.

That’s why parents need to understand what is going on and how to protect their kids from these dangers that might hurt them badly. The use of monitoring apps is becoming common because of this.

How is Pornography Common in Teens?

Gone are the times when people had to pay money to watch porn, or it was difficult to get your hands on it. Now, as the internet and social media become common so is the availability and access to pornography. Even the kids who don’t know about it, get to know from their friends and other connections.

Most importantly, as the youth grows, they find it compulsory to have access to porn, and the kids who don’t watch it are usually not the popular ones in their group. So, peer pressure is another thing that is making pornography common and accessible.

Another reason for the popularity of pornography in the media. It is not difficult to get access to these things with the use of social media and the internet. There are several links to multiple websites that lead to filth websites.

Even if someone doesn’t want to watch it, the link easily takes them to it thus making it seem pleasurable. Once kids start watching it, they seem to be getting addicted to it and thus they find it very difficult to leave it then. It is almost impossible to leave porn addiction especially when it is adopted in such a young age.

How to Deal with Teen Porn Addiction?

If you think that your teen might be getting involved in it, or they are already addicted to it, there are a few things that you can still do. These are the tips for every parent out there who has young kids.

Awareness

Kids usually chase the things that seem so glittery to them. They don’t know what is inside the fantasy yet, but they ought to try it because they seem good. But the reality is that the lack of awareness leads them to porn addiction. Being a parent, we are usually very shy about discussing such things to our kids.

But we should talk to them about it, guide them right, at the right age. Otherwise, they usually believe what the outer world tells them and they don’t understand their parents then. So, as soon as they start using the internet and media, tell them about these things.

Monitoring Apps

It is important to use smartphone control apps and monitoring apps to check up on them regularly. Though it seems like an extreme step for some parents, if you look around, there are several cases reported where this negligence leads to self-harm in kids.

If you don’t focus on your kids and let them do whatever they wish to do, you might be losing them soon. Porn addiction is not easy to leave, and most of the time, future relationships suffer badly because of the addiction that is developed in teen years.

Using monitoring apps not only provide you the information about what they are doing, but you can also know when the danger starts, what you can do about it and when things are going to the extreme. Also, you can pursue screen time management with the help of these tools.

You need to fix their screen time so that they don’t use the internet excessively. Excessive use of the internet can lead to addictions that are hard to deal with.

Communication

Communication is the key to successful relationships between parents and kids. If you talk to them about your life, it will make them get open about their emotions and life too. They need to be able to discuss things with you, talk to you when they think that things are going off the hands.

Parents who are too authoritative don’t get to develop this relationship with their kids and they hardly try to understand their kids. In such sort of relationships, nothing is gained instead kids hide things from their parents and end up being in trouble.

If you don’t want that to happen to your kids, talk to them, discuss things with them and let them share their feelings too. Be supportive of their emotions so that they can open up to you.


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