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Parent Finds Porn on 12-Year-Old’s Phone

Question:

Help! I just found my 12-year-old son's phone full of porn! What do I do?

Answer:

Parenting is a tough job, and in this day and age, there are so many additional areas where a child must be monitored.

Unfortunately, it’s easy for a simple, innocent search on the Internet to result in exposure to porn. There are even porn sites with animated characters to make kids think they have found a kids' website. Because you found porn on your son’s phone, we suggest that he lose his cell phone and Internet privileges completely (except for schoolwork) for a period of time, and that when those privileges are returned, that he be monitored at all times. You also can talk to him about how the porn got on his phone, and find out if you can put a block on the phone so he can’t access certain harmful websites.

Because your son has been exposed to graphic sexual content, you also may want to consider having him see a counselor or therapist. Hopefully, his access to porn has not been going on for a long time, and he will be able to move on and become involved in positive, age-appropriate activities.

Helpline Support

Nebraska Family Helpline: The Helpline is a free resource for parents who have concerns and questions about their child's behavior. Call 888-866-8660. Bilingual counselors are available.

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