Sex addiction as teen turns into crime as adult
The article linked to above is out of fresno California and is about a 20 yr old man who is facing charges of solicitation of a minor. Apparently, this young man started into explicit chat rooms with other 14 yr olds in his teens. They would talk dirty and exchange nude photos. Now he is 20 and still doing the sex chat, but got caught by an undercover cop posing as a minor. He faces criminal charges for seeking minors out online.
I have two things to say about this. First off, where were his parents and why did they give him free range on the internet? Parents: We need to protect our children from themselves on the internet. It is our job to make sure their internet access is filtered and monitored. As teens, they are bound to come across porn or go in search of it. Don’t give them the opportunity. Please filter their access and monitor what sites they visit. I highly recommend Covenant Eyes filtering and accountability software (ad in the right column). You will be able to see what your kids do online and also cut out access to porn.
My next point on this story is the fact that addictions to porn start early and are hard to break. This guy started at 14 and now at 20 he gets busted and exposed. No one else knew of his life online and the addiction that had taken over in those six years. It could happen to any of us or our kids if we aren’t carefull. Our kids could be cultivating an appetite for porn if we allow them unfiltered and unmonitored internet access or access to cable/satelite pay channels. Do you have any porn your kids could stumble upon? Don’t leave the door open to porn for your kids! Filter the access, block cable channels, and get rid of your porn videos & magazines.
Are you an adult and endulge in porn? Do you think you have it under control and will never go as far as this guy in the story? Be carefull if you believe this! Porn will take you farther than you want to go to places you never imagined you would be. One day you will find yourself doing things you never intended to do!
Please consider how easily one can become trapped in porn. Don’t give your children the chance to get involved in it! Put up protection for them. Don’t let yourself get carried away by it! Protect yourself and seek help if you think you may be addicted to pornography.