Most parents, teachers and counselors are unaware of the new epidemic that is already on itʼs way: teens and young adults are getting hooked on the potentially dangerous world of sex, porn and on-line addictions. Because children's minds are still in the process of developing to maturity, addiction can happen quicker than parents like to think.
When faced with their teen's struggle, most parents don't know where to begin to get their child the help he or she needs.
It is important for parents to realize that their teen is likely suffering from extreme shame and embarrassment. Find a non-punative way of talking to your teenager otherwise he/she is not likely to open up and share the extent of his or her struggles.
Parents also need to realize when they confront their teen they will encounter resistance. Most addicts, teens are no different, initially tend to deny the extent of their struggle.
Did you know, twenty five percent of teens have electronically sent or posted online, nude or semi-nude pictures or videos of themselves?
A survey on sexting by teens revealed:
– 27% said sexting happens all the time
– 40% knew someone who had engaged in sexting
– 50% admitted to receiving or sending nudes
Some useful information and facts about sexual compulsive behavior in teenagers:
The average age of exposure to pornography online is age 11
Therapists are seeing more and more youth who are compulsive in their pornography use
Youth who use the net are vulnerable to sexual exploitation
Twenty five percent of teens have electronically sent or posted online, nude or semi-nude pictures or videos of themselves
Taking, Sending, and or receiving nude or semi nude pics of anyone under 18 is illegal
Youth most at risk are:
Teenagers and young adults need a positive sense of self, and validation to eliminate destructive behaviors that tend to be substitutes for love. As they develop a positive perception of themselves through therapy, they are able to develop and maintain positive relationships. In addition, teenagers and young adults will learn and internalize skills to examine personal ways of thinking, learn how they can change their beliefs and attitudes, and learn the impact this has on their quality of life and relationships. They become positively empowered and aware of their own individual potential and unique identity.
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