This post is sponsored by Thorn for Parents and all opinions are my own.
Online safety and sex top the list of uncomfortable topics for parents to address with kids, but have you talked about sexting and nudes yet? We’re aware of the implied safety risks of digital devices in our children’s hands but often ignore the importance of talking to tweens about sexting.
The truth is kids are getting their own digital devices or using their friends’ devices at younger ages. It’s not uncommon for them to be asked to take and send naked pictures of themselves or pass along photographs of others.
Tweens are at an age where they’re exploring their bodies and curious about sex. In fact, according to Thorn research, 40% of kids ages 9-17 agreed that “it’s normal for people my age to share nudes with each other.”
Kids don’t view sexting as bad but may feel pressured or exploited. We need to prepare for a talk about sexting with our kids sooner, rather than later.
If you’re wondering how to prepare for a talk about sexting, Thorn for Parents can help.
Thorn is a technology non-profit dedicated to defending children from online sexual exploitation. Their new Thorn for Parents platform serves as a resource hub to help us have earlier, more frequent, and judgement-free conversations with kids about digital safety.
Being equipped with the right resources, in the right spaces, at the right times also reduces the potential harm and risk of online sexual exploitation.
How to Prepare for Talking to Tweens About Sexting