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Talking About Porn With High Schoolers

Updated: Aug 9, 2018


For the past two years, I had been talking to high schoolers in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) about pornography. I've had the opportunity to create a high school curriculum that specifically discusses porn literacy. Just recently this curriculum has been approved by the SFUSD, to be added to their High School health curriculum: Be Real, Be Ready. To date, I've spoken to over 1,000 high schoolers in five different schools about this topic. My conversations and findings have been INCREDIBLE.


The purpose of this lesson is to be critically thinking about pornography. The intent is to understand porn as a form of media. Porn is fiction. It doesn't clearly depict what real sex is. This lesson is not meant to encourage young people to watch porn. It's meant to create awareness over this community issue. Young people are becoming exposed to media quicker than we can ever imagine. Porn is one of those forms of media.


I know some people may think, "well, my child is not looking at porn on the internet." To some extend, that may be true. However, young people are being exposed to porn accidentally. Young people are not actively seeking out porn, it finds them.


So what exactly are young people saying about porn?


When given the opportunity to talk about this (after having conversations about sex, sexuality, gender, anatomy, etc), young people have so much to say about porn.


Here are a couple common questions I get from young people. Some of these questions become even more elaborate.

So how can we have these conversations with youth about porn? I'll tell you: by having an open, honest, and age-appropriate conversation. Here's some insight into how to have this conversation with youth. Check out my O.School Stream.




If you're still stuck, feel free to contact me. xo

-Jess

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