Talk to your kids about sexual integrity, digital safety, pornography, and abuse.

The window to talk to kids about these issues shrinks as time goes on:  40% of 9-12 year olds  turned to offline support such as a parent, caregiver, or other trusted adult, when they encountered a potentially harmful experience online — yet that number drops by half  for 13-17 year olds.1 

Growing up looks different now than it did a generation ago. Most parents didn’t grow up with smartphones in their hands. Today, our children live in a world where sexting, nudes, or online grooming exist and are a threat.


 Take Action!  Starting conversations and having open dialogue is a powerful way for parents protect their children from the risks of growing up online.  Below are some resources to help you talk to your child about these risks, set boundaries, and monitor their activities.

62% of teens and young adults report receiving a nude image from someone else via text, email, social media or app. 

Parenting Resources: Digital Safety


Be your Kid’s Safety Net
Thorn for Parents

Discussion Guides
Thorn for Parents

Sexting and Nudes
Thorn for Parents

Device Access Monitoring
Thorn for Parents

Social Media Platforms
Thorn for Parents |  XXXChurch Parent Page
Online resources for small groups, men, women, parents, and teens

Protect Young Minds
A website that empowers parents, professionals, and community leaders to protect young kids from pornography, and promote healing from any sexual exploitation

Enough is Enough
Research and resources for making the internet safer for children and families

Parenting Resources: Abuse

The issue of child sexual abuse can be scary or overwhelming. These resources are available to help you understand the issues and protect the child(ren) in your life.


I Said No! A Kid-to-kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts Private Kimberly King, Zack King

I Said No! uses kid-friendly language and illustrations to help parents and concerned adults give kids guidance they can understand and practice to protect themselves from an inappropriate situation. I Said No! covers a variety of topics, including: what’s appropriate and with whom, how to deal with inappropriate behavior, bribes and threats, when and where to go for help, and what to do if the people you turn to for help don’t listen.

God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies Justin Holcomb, Lindsey Holcomb

A simple, colorful, relatable story for 2-8 yr old children, designed to help them protect their bodies. God Made All of Me conveys a clear message that God made every part of the human body and that every part is, therefore, good (the doctrine of creation), gently opens the conversation about sexual abuse, facilitates open conversations about appropriate and inappropriate touch, overcomes confusion, secrecy, and embarrassment about bodies with truth.


Abuse/Prevention Resources for Parents

Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-Proofing Today’s Young Kids
by Kristen A Jenson & Debbie Fox


Good Pictures Bad Pictures is a comfortable, read-aloud story about a mom and dad who teach their child what pornography is, why it’s dangerous, and how to reject it. Using easy-to-understand science and simple analogies, this ground-breaking book engages young kids to porn-proof their own brains. Geared for ages 7 to 11.

Good Pictures Bad Pictures Jr: A Simple Plan to Protect Young Minds
by Kristen A Jenson & Debbie Fox


The junior version of Good Pictures Bad Pictures is designed for young children ages 3-6. The book highlights the Turn, Run & Tell plan, making young kids more prepared for when they encounter something inappropriate online.

Touchy Subjects: Talking To Kids About Sex, Tech and Social Media In A Touchscreen World
by David Dean & Craig Gross


It’s a touchscreen world. And it’s full of touchy subjects. As parents, we must have a strategy to guide our kids safely into adulthood, teaching them how to interact with sex, technology, and social media. How to maintain healthy perspectives on all these touchy subjects, without getting distracted by their peers or our culture.

God’s Design for Sex
by Stan & Brenda Jones


God’s Design for Sex series helps parents establish a biblical view of sexuality in the home. The parent’s guide, and four age-appropriate books, enable families to develop a healthy dialogue about sexuality from age 3 through 16. These books provide children with the foundation of truth and knowledge they need for when they are inevitably bombarded with confusing and potentially harmful messages about sex.

“The greatest insulation a girl has against being exploited is a healthy relationship with her father.”

– Jeanne Allert, Ph.D.,
Executive Director, Institute for Shelter Care

Children with the father in the home are:

  • ½ as likely to suffer from abuse and neglect
  • 40% less likely to smoke, drink, or use drugs
  • ½ as likely to drop out of school
  • 3x less likely to have early intercourse
  • 6x less likely to get pregnant as a teen

Children who feel a closeness to their father are:

  • 75% less likely to have a teen birth
  • 80% less likely to spend time in jail
  • ½ as likely to experience multiple depression symptoms.
  • Daughters are less likely to engage in risky sexual behavior

Sources:;  Green, B., Davis, C., Clark, T., Quinn, C., & Cryer-Coupet, Q. (2014), Father Involvement, dating violence, and sexual risk behaviors among a national sample of adolescent females. Journal of Interpersonal Violence,

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