Sexual Images and Pornography

The following strategies may help:

  • Start with simple explanations, e.g. gender issues (a boy or a girl), general knowledge (hygiene, anatomy) and sexual characteristics (physical, emotional, etc.)
  • Be concrete in your explanations: they must be simple and effective (concrete facts, examples, games, etc.)
  • Talk about sexuality in a positive way; avoid stereotypes and prejudices
  • Value the differences, particularities, special capacities of the adolescent: what makes him/her unique?
  • Integrate these discussions with family members, groups or classes to create continuity
  • Avoid being overprotective-can lead to misinformation and ambivalence
  • Use reinforcement when they ask for information (only when you feel they are ready to integrate it)
  • Useful websites: