Why Should You Attend the 2020 SASH Annual Conference?

Going Virtual in 2020

All times are Central Time.

Friday, October 16th, 2020
7:45 PM - 9:15 PM: Sexual Health Awareness Session 1
How Porn-Refusal Skills Protect Kids from Sexual Abuse
Children who are taught to recognize pornography, report exposure, and reject porn's harmful messages are safer from sexual exploitation of all kinds. Adult predators use pornography to desensitize victims and normalize sexual behavior between adults and children. When children report exposure to pornography, potential abusers can be identified earlier, thus decreasing opportunities for further abuse. The fact that pornography is used to groom children is well established, but pornography has become a perpetrator itself--fueling a disturbing rise in child-on-child harmful sexual behavior.

Children who learn and practice porn refusal skills will be less likely to view pornography and reenact sexual acts on more vulnerable children. They will also learn to reject the self-objectification of sexting and avoid the traps of sextortion.

Participants will leave this presentation with research linking pornography with child sexual abuse; age-appropriate messages to teach children about pornography; and resources to help children develop porn-refusal skills.

This session is free and open to the public. There are NO CE credits being offered for this session.
Learning Objective #1: Participants will be able to discuss three ways in which protecting children from pornography also protects them from predators.
Learning Objective #2: Participants will be able to explain how children who reject pornography are at lower risk for perpetrating harmful sexual behavior on other children.
Learning Objective #3: Participants will be able to discuss the research which shows how parents who have open conversations about sex and the harms of pornography raise children who are at lower risk for all forms of sexual exploitation and addiction.
Level of audience: Intermediate
Available CE Credits: 0
SASH Credential Education Credit Objective #1: NONE
Kristen A. Jenson, Protect Young Minds, Author and Founder/CEO of Protect Young Minds
Kristen A. Jenson is the author of the best-selling Good Pictures Bad Pictures series of read-aloud books. With over 150,000 copies sold worldwide in 5 languages, her books are a valuable resource to help children develop an internal filter against inappropriate content. She is the founder of Protect Young Minds, an organization dedicated to helping parents empower their kids with tools to resist and reject pornography. Protect Young Minds' newest resource is the Brain Defense™ Digital Safety curriculum for elementary students. Kristen is an active member in the Safeguard Alliance of the National Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation and has testified before the Washington State Senate Law and Justice Committee on the public health crisis of pornography. She is a popular guest on radio broadcasts as well as podcasts and webinars and continues to be a strong voice for protecting children from all forms of sexual exploitation. Kristen earned a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A. in Organizational Communication.
She is the mother of three children and her latest honor is becoming a grandma! Kristen lives with her husband in the state of Washington.

This session is free and open to the public. There are NO CE credits being offered for this session.