Look Away, Click Away – Dealing With Porn

You probably know that there’s a lot of pornography on the internet. Sometimes it pops up on your phone or on the computer screen without you looking for it. Sometimes other people will send you stuff, like porn photos attached to texts.  Security settings can help prevent this.

Pornography depicts adults, and even young children in sexual acts that are abusive and degrading. Many of the people in the images have been abused, forced, even kidnapped into these situations. They may be drug addicts desperate for money to feed their habit. Usually they are women, or young girls or boys.

How would you feel if your mum, sister or girlfriend were forced or trapped into this industry? All people are worthy of greater respect than this. Don’t be part of it by thinking ‘just a quick look’ won’t hurt. Pornography does hurt people.

Viewing pornography can be addictive: that means some people, particularly men and boys, can find it really difficult to stop looking at it.  Pornography can change the way people think about what is right and wrong in a relationship. It can make them lose respect for themselves and other people. It can lead to loneliness and isolation as people addicted to porn can end up spending most of their time alone with their habit.

When porn comes up, Look Away, Click Away. The sooner you look away, the less impression your brain receives.

If someone says to you: “Have a look at this,” ask them first: “What is it?” It can give you a hint about whether or not you should look.

If someone sends you a sext or nude photo, delete it. Don’t send it on to anyone else. It’s against the law.

Nobody wins by looking at pornography except the pornography business which wants people to get hooked so they will buy more and more of their products. Again, it’s all about money.

Pornography comes in many forms – video downloads, computer games, internet sites, music.

You have the power to deal with pornography

It’s simple –

  • If it comes up on the screen, Look Away, Click Away.
  • Tell a responsible adult about it and ask them to check computer security settings to block pornographic sites.
  • Be a leader, not a follower. If you are with others who are looking at porn, make the decision not to join them. Tell them it’s not cool to degrade women and suggest you all do something else.  Walk away and others might follow your lead.
  • Plan ahead for what you could say if this kind of pressure situation comes up.

If you are worried about pornography, talk to an adult you trust like a parent or school counsellor, or go to HELP on this website.