Essential Websites to Get Informed About Porn

If you are looking for places to educate yourself about the extensive harms of pornography and find resources to support children and young people, you have found it!

In addition to the Porn Resilient Kids website to equip families of younger children for tricky conversations (an initiative of Youth Wellbeing Project) and our list of research and in-house links listed on this page, the sites listed below help respond to this issue. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please reach out and ask!

Where are your kids getting their sex education? Their smartphones? In this digital age, it’s critical for young people to have trusted adults to help them build resilience and resistance to hypersexualized media and porn. Check out Culture Reframed’s free online Program for Parents of Tweens and Program for Parents of Teens, complete with scripts that guide you in these life-changing conversations. Don’t wait another day!

Also by Culture Reframed:

  • COMPOSE Yourself!: a practical guide to help parents respond well when they discover their young person has viewed pornography. The COMPOSE Yourself! model is adaptable for all ages.
  • Family Tech Guide

IQ PROGRAMS equip educators for the task of supporting kids and teens to author their future. Meeting child-safety, developmental and wellbeing needs, teachers receive guided narratives and comprehensive tools to help them deliver tricky conversations confidently. 

An initiative of Youth Wellbeing Project, IQ PROGRAMS provide students with skills to avoid and respond to online risks— and an understanding of how porn and other technologies can affect their developing brain. Students are supported with age-relevant content to cultivate their relational and sexual wellbeing, and build resilience to external cultural pressures. Developed for Australian and New Zealand schools, IQ PROGRAMS are readily adaptable for global release.

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is an important resource to assist with helping all Australians have safe, positive experiences online.

  • Report cyberbullying
    If you are under 18 you can make a complaint about cyberbullying or online bullying. A child’s parent, legal guardian, or someone authorised by the child is also able to submit a cyberbullying complaint.
  • Report image-based abuse
    If an intimate image has been shared, or someone is threatening to share it, without your consent, you can make a report no matter what your age.
  • Report offensive and illegal content
    The Cyber Report team investigates complaints about offensive and illegal online content, including online child sexual abuse material.
  • Online pornography: a guide for parents and carers
    This information covers:- How do kids find pornography online?- How can I protect my child?- What can I do if my child has found pornography online?

Curious about the latest research on internet porn’s effects? Wondering about sexual dysfunction? Escalation to extreme material? Low desire for partnered sex? Social anxiety, cognitive problems, lack of motivation? Your Brain on Porn may have the information you’re looking for.

The Light Project aims to help youth, their whānau, schools and wider communities to positively navigate the new porn landscape in Aotearoa (New Zealand).

The Reward Foundation are a key source of evidence-based information about love relationships and the various risks of watching too much pornography.

Fight the New Drug – a non-religious and non-legislative organization that exists to provide individuals the opportunity to make an informed decision regarding pornography by raising awareness on its harmful effects using only science, facts, and personal accounts.

Other helpful links

Sex & U: a real-life approach to the questions and issues around sex and sexuality.

Talk soon. Talk often: A guide for parents talking to their kids about sex

It’s time we talked: for Young People, Parents, Schools and Community Organisations, this Australian Initiative by Reality & Risk busts some myths and provides helpful tips.

Sex. Relationships. The Internet: From Think U Know in the UK, this site offers practical insight for teens aged 14+.

Porn: what science says: From Think U Know in the UK, this page is for 14+ teens.

Educate and Empower Kids: provides resources to parents and caregivers to encourage connection and healthy relationships through love, communication, education and empowerment.

Videos

Videos specific to supporting conversations with kids can be found on the Porn Resilient Kids website.

Is free pornography destroying our brains?

School kids today are watching porn like never before. It’s free, it’s instant and it’s having a devastating effect.

New Zealand TV3 current affairs program 3D has spoken to porn users and porn addicts, as well as a sex educator Liz Walker, and a top international scientist who say this new type of porn can actually alter our brains.

Our Kids Online – Porn, Predators & How to Keep Them Safe

Rent this film today on Vimeo On Demand.

Follow the journey of two filmmaker parents, who accidentally stumbled on the biggest un-had conversation of our time, while researching the pros and cons of handheld devices for their children. A must-see documentary for every parent on how to protect our kids from online predators and the fallout from exposure to today’s genres of hardcore, violent, degrading porn. Featuring some of the world’s leading experts in this field. Read our review here.