Why it's time to talk to your kids about sex, porn and hyper-stimulating media

Behaviour change coach Josh Ramsey says parents need to start having open conversations with their children about sex, sexuality, pornography and other hyper-stimulating digital media.

Ramsey explains that hyper-stimulating digital media includes porn, violent content, excessive gaming and other online materials that distort the line between fantasy and reality.

He advises that hyper-stimulating digital media can have negative effects on the hormones in the adolescent brain.

Ramsey, who hosts workshops with teens at schools around Cape Town, says children exposed to hyper-stimulating content are often exposed to dangerous themes about dominance, coercion and fantasy-based living.

He says parents need to equip their children with information and have conversations about sex, sexuality, consent and healthy boundaries.

If not, Ramsey claims that children consumed by hyper-stimulating digital media can develop unhealthy relationships, intrusive and distorted thoughts, the inability to set healthy personal boundaries and social isolation.

The way out of the shame and secrecy of using pornography and other hyper-stimulating digital media is connection and sharing.

Josh Ramsey, Coach and facilitator

When they don't have the information, they're going to learn it online... Whether it's Instagram and a bikini or hardcore pornography.

Josh Ramsey, Coach and facilitator

It needs to be an intervention that happens across generations. Moms and dads need to get to the point when they can speak about sexuality with their 16-year-old child.

Josh Ramsey, Coach and facilitator

Listen to the in-depth discussion on The Pippa Hudson Show:


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