May 11, 2016
May is Sexual Abuse Prevention Month
April is Sexual Abuse Prevention month, and it is our mission to ensure that your family is protected from child sexual abuse. As April winds down to a close, I am reminded of the many accomplishments that we and our partners have made in the effort to protect children and families from Internet-enabled sexual exploitation. Whether it was through my recent speaking engagements at Set Free Summit and WiFiNow 2016, to Utah Governor Gary Herbert signing SCR 9, a resolution declaring "Pornography as a Public Health Crisis," to the expansion of the digital distribution of the Internet Safety 101SM program with DreamScape, I am glad our messages about the ranges of online pornography continues to get out.
As I mentioned earlier, EIE is expanding our digital distribution of the Internet Safety 101SM program with DreamScape film company. The Emmy winning 3-part TV series is now available on Vimeo and Hoopla. You can also purchase the DVD series on Amazon. It is a great way to learn more about the dangers that lurk on the Internet and how to protect your family online!
Recently, Enough Is Enough® collaborated with several groups to bring awareness to the dangers of Internet pornography and came up ways to talk to your children about pornography, as well as what they should do if they encounter it online. This is a useful tool for parents that encourages them to reach out to their children, while monitoring their Internet activities.
Below are some of the conversation starters. You can read the rest here.
- Start with what your family already knows. Families should be discussing their core values and how to address personal safety issues. You can build on this by asking your children to report whether they have been exposed to inappropriate images.
- Teach children about what pornography is in age-appropriate ways. By asking your child whether they have been exposed to inappropriate images, you can take the first steps to preventing further exposure.
- Take the opportunity to praise children for good decisions. When a child sees an inappropriate image and reports it to you, please praise them, as this helps them to become good decision makers.
With these conversation starters, you are opening the lines of communication in your family and empowering them to become safer online. You can also learn more tips on how to protect your family online by visiting InternetSafety101.org and our YouTube channel!
Donna in the News...
Recently, Breitbart published an article about the good news with Utah Governor Gary Herbert signing the resolution declaring "Pornography as a Public Health Crisis." My statement applauding the historic landmark resolution was featured in the article. You can read the article here.
Lastly, but just as importantly, will you join the movement by becoming an Enough Is Enough® change agent to fuel our efforts to make the Internet safer for children and families? Below are two simple ways you can help: