For those who think today’s young people aren’t exposed to sexual messages and imagery… think again.
Take a peek at the trailer here: (and WARNING: This YouTube trailer is very sexually explicit and contains foul language… and yeah… it’s available on your kid’s phone.)
Careful now… the temptation would be to respond by “freaking out” …which never does any good.
Ask yourself, how can I respond reasonably regarding this sexually explicit show just a click away on my kids’ devices? On one hand we’d like to be able to provide guardrails that steer our kids clear of some of these distractions, but on the other hand, we know that no matter how many guardrails we provide, nothing is fool proof (who says their friend isn’t going to just pull out their own device and say, “Hey, have you seen this?”) Is there a way we can equip our kids to make wise decisions when they encounter entertainment media like this?
Here’s some choices how we can respond:
A. Freak out and begin yelling about how corrupt and evil this world is and take away all your kids’ devices. (Probably not a good idea)
B. Let your kids watch whatever they want. (Not recommended)
C. Check the ratings of the show, and if your kids are young, check what ratings your Netflix account allows. This might at least prevent them from watching the show at home. But what about the YouTube preview? What about at their friend’s house or on their friend’s devices?
D. Provide some helpful guardrails and blocks in your home, but also, and more importantly, become the Go-To person for your kids questions about sex. Create a climate of continual conversations about sex.
Are you having conversations with your kids about sex?
I constantly meet parents who are scared to “bring up” sex to their kids, in fear they will get their kids thinking about something they wouldn’t have thought of. Two thoughts:
- You don’t have to bring it up. The world brings up the subject all the time. We just need to be ready to not “dodge” the subject when it does.
- The Bible brings up sex all the time and reveals the explicit truth. In a world full of explicit lies, how are they ever going to learn the explicit truth if we don’t open the doors of dialogue about this subject?
Our kids are hearing about sex from way more sources than just Netflix. (Have you looked at the top of the music charts lately?) Would you rather they just hear what entertainment media offers… or would you like them to hear God’s design for this amazing gift?
How can you engage your kids in conversation about this important topic?