How and when to talk to kids about adult content on the Internet by Michelle LaRowe

How and when to talk to kids about adult content on the Internet by Michelle LaRowe offers advice to parents who are about to let their children use the Internet for education and entertainment. If you haven’t opened a dialog on this topic it’s probably time. Thanks to Michelle we have some advice that will encourage you to get started.

Michelle LaRowe

  • With over 20 years of experience in the nanny world as an award-winning nanny, agency director, and parenting author, Michelle LaRowe is considered a leading industry expert. A mom herself, she loves to educate parents and nannies on the importance of quality in-home childcare. Find out more by visiting her @eNannySource on Twitter.

It’s a Jungle Out There

  • When it comes to the Internet, the content displayed isn’t always age-appropriate. If your child is a frequent Internet user, there’s no better time than now to educate him or her about appropriate and inappropriate content. Opening the line of communication with regards to adult content will help ensure your child knows how to safely use the Internet and how to handle situations that come up when exposed to more than one bargained for. Here are some tips to start the conversation about adult content on the Internet.

Start the Discussion Early and Often

  • Parents are no longer encouraged to have the talk with kids regarding sex. Instead, sex educators have found that having multiple small discussions over the course of months and years not only allows children to process information in manageable portions, but strengthens trust and open communication with their parents. The same is true for discussing adult content on the Internet.

    Starting the discussion on adult content doesn’t have to be overly revealing or scary. In fact, many parents start this discussion well before the subject of sex education is brought up. By simply stating that there is some content that is inappropriate for children when a child accidentally stumbles on an adult site or finds they can’t access search engine results, parents can alert their children that there is adult content on the Internet, priming for a discussion on what constitutes adult content and why it is unsuitable for children. Be sure to discuss adult content on the Internet in age appropriate ways.
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