A Primary concern?
Not too long ago, the concept of pornography wouldn’t have been discussed or considered within the confines of a primary school. Yet with the evolution of the internet and the increasing content and desire of some to hook young people in, I dare say it is now essential that it is considered in a primary school.
The research is compelling and suggests that children are accessing inappropriate material at a younger age than ever before. The type of material is graphic, disturbing and has a serious impact on future relationships. The awkwardness of conversation, must be secondary to a parent being able to have an open and honest conversation with their son or daughter about the dangers of a growing concern.
Of course, relationship is key, creating relationships where the conversation and questions can be discussed, shared and committed to God. When we have a world where sex and nudity frequent our television shows, music clips and magazines, the explosion of such material on the internet, should come as no surprise.
Yet how do we protect and prepare our children for a world that is trying to tell children that this is normal? I suggest that this is only one area that we as parents, are out of our depth. Our Parent Education Seminar for Term 3 is just around the corner. On Tuesday, August 15 2017 at 9:30 am and repeated at 7.00 pm, James Grady, from The Frank Chat will share with us how we can consider and tackle this real issue facing our children. James is a former St Peter’s student and the P-12 Chaplain at St Paul’s Grammar School. As a Christian, he will unpack some of the research, confront us with the facts and answer questions for us.
Of all the events you could attend this term, I commend this to you, as a primary concern, for us all.