The First Presidency counsels parents to have family discussions to develop guidelines about how to use media and technology in positive and safe ways.
Below is the text of the First Presidency letter “Protecting Children from the Effects of Pornography.”
Parents have the primary responsibility to teach their children. The Book of Mormon instructs parents to teach their children “to walk in the ways of truth and soberness” (Mosiah 4: 15).
Today, pornography is pervasive and easily available. Unfortunately, many children are exposed to pornography, which in some cases has led them to develop unrighteous patterns and habits. To protect family members from the evils of pornography, we invite parents to have family discussions to develop guidelines about how to use media and technology in positive and safe ways. These conversations will provide opportunities for parents to teach that the powers associated with creating families are sacred and central to God’s plan.
We invite individuals and families to visit AddressingPornography.ChurchofJesusChrist.org to find ways to prevent the use of pornography.
The Church’s resources available to families are found on the website AddressingPornography.ChurchofJesusChrist.org and also on the Gospel Library app (in the Life Help tile).
- In the “Help for Parents” section:
- You will see questions such as “How can I best protect my child from exposure to pornography? and “What should I teach my child to do when he or she sees pornography?”
- Be sure to read the last article on the top row, “How can I establish safe media use in my home?“
- The bottom row on that page has a series of lessons for family conversations about our bodies and about “What should I do if I see pornography?”
- In the “Resources” section, the family conversations section features three doctors who explain how to discuss sexuality with children.
You may also be interested in the article “How Can I Establish Safe Media Use in My Home?“