Young people will have a range of reactions or responses – positive and negative – to practitioners’ efforts to discuss pornography with them.
Young people will bring a range of perspectives to this issue – for example, their different cultural or religious backgrounds may come to bear on their responses.
Talking about pornography with young people may raise a range of questions for them. Below is a discussion of the questions and reactions practitioners might encounter. The aim is to support you to consider and respond constructively to some of young people’s frequently asked questions and reactions. When crafting your own responses, consider tailoring the responses below to be culturally appropriate, sensitive and accessible to the young people you work with.
Support services and resources
If the young person needs further support, consider referring them to other services and resources.
- If a young person is concerned about their own pornography use:
- they can talk to a trusted family member, friend or professional. If they are a student, they may be able to access support through a student counsellor, wellbeing coordinator, student support services or any other trusted staff member
- their doctor will be able to help with referrals to services such as counselling and youth services
- this online resource may also be able to help:
- If a young person has experienced sex that is unwanted, pressured, coerced or forced, they can get support through a sexual assault service. For a list of sexual assault services in different jurisdictions, see:
- If a young man wants to learn about engaging in more respectful relationships, they can get support through MensLine Australia on 1300 78 99 78 or via
- If a young person has experienced online bullying, they can get support through the eSafety Commissioner:
- Additionally, Kids Helpline supports young people aged 5-25 with a range of issues and can be contacted on 1800 55 1800 or via