Starting the conversation


There are many ways to create an opportunity to talk about pornography with young people.

Some are direct, such as asking whether their peers ever talk about pornography. Others use another related area – such as respectful relationships, sexualised advertising or online safety – as a springboard.

Beginning with a related topic can help practitioners to check a young person’s readiness to have a pornography conversation and ease you both into it a little more gently. It can also help young people build important and relevant skills, such as media literacy, their ability to engage in respectful relationships, and online safety skills.

Below are some ideas about how you can create opportunities to talk about pornography with young people, and practical suggestions about the sorts of things you can say to get the conversation started. The aim is to give you realistic and concrete ideas that can be adapted for different ages and contexts.

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