PORN EFFECTS CHILDREN AND YOUTH TOO
The average age for the exposure of children to hard-core pornography is 13 yrs old. Some children are exposed to it as early as 5 yrs old and this exposure has become all the more common as children use the internet unmonitored (apa, 2017). Many of the children and youth impacted by pornography will struggle with porn addiction as adults. Another problematic sexual behavior that is becoming more popular with youth is sexting, which refers to sending text, pictures or videos with sexual content. Like adults, youth will say and do things online that they would never do in person. Scion Counseling works with youth, parents, schools and churches to address the sexual behavior in youth.
YOUTH CAN BE SEX OFFENDERS
At Scion Counseling, our goal is to help address problematic sexual behaviors before those behaviors become illegal, but that is not always possible. If your child is struggling with sexual behaviors, please don't wait to get help. If your child is already in legal jeopardy due to their sexual behaviors then please know that it is not too late to get help. Recent research shows that youth should not be taken out of their homes or communities unless there is no other choice. Many parents consider sending their children to wilderness programs to help deal with these problems. Often, these programs are physically and emotionally abusive to youth. Also, taking youth out of their families and communities removes their social support, which is necessary for them to make positive changes. Please know that that this strategy of sending teenagers somewhere to "get fixed" tends to cause more damage than it ever helps. Scion Counseling offers a counseling experience where teens can remain in their families, schools and communities while they get the treatment that they need.