“Good Pictures Bad Pictures”

I have just finished “Good Pictures Bad Pictures. Porn proofing today’s young kids.” by Kristen Jenson.

I have to say, right off, the book is excellent. It is not preachy, moralising or judgemental. In crisp, clear and concise prose it describes a conversation between a mother and, I would guess, her nine or ten year old son. Dad makes an appearance towards the end so it’s not just Mum on a solo run.

The author suggests a parent sits down with the book and talks it through with their child, chapter by chapter, going at their own pace.  The style and clarity of the writing  should make that very easy to do. There are two or three questions at the end of each chapter which will help embed the learnings of the previous pages.

It’s all about the science

What particularly impressed me about the book was the way it bases its explanations  and advice on the science of adolescent brain development. Whatever your view about adults’ consumption of porn, you will be left in no doubt about why it is important to keep it away from kids.

Porn sites are not educational aids. They are purveyors of lies. Harmful lies.

About John Carr

John Carr is one of the world's leading authorities on children's and young people's use of digital technologies. He is Senior Technical Adviser to Bangkok-based global NGO ECPAT International, Technical Adviser to the European NGO Alliance for Child Safety Online, which is administered by Save the Children Italy and an Advisory Council Member of Beyond Borders (Canada). Amongst other things John is or has been an Adviser to the United Nations, ITU, the European Union, the Council of Europe and European Union Agency for Network and Information Security and is a former Board Member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety. He is Secretary of the UK's Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety. John has advised many of the world's largest internet companies on online child safety. In June, 2012, John was appointed a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. More: http://johncarrcv.blogspot.com
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