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Help for Parents and Internet Filtering Tools

Pornography has become increasingly more available and accepted in today’s society. Both men and women of all ages have become entangled in the lies and pain of pornography use and even addiction, which has devastating effects on the user and his or her spouse and family.

It is important that those who are using pornography and those that are affected by a spouse’s receive the support and healing that they need. Below is a select list of resources for those who are struggling with pornography, as well as for their spouses and family members.

For more information about pornography from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s marriage Initiative, For Your Marriage, including statistics on pornography use, please visit their excellent “Overcoming Obstacles: Pornography” articles.

Disclaimer: Please note that the content on this page is provided solely for your information and should not be interpreted as an official endorsement of the organizations, programs, and websites listed. To the best of our knowledge, the information listed here did not conflict with Catholic teaching and was accurate at the time of posting.

 

Help for Parents

Technology, Porn and Safety: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Two upcoming events given by Father Gregory Greiten and Pamela Schmidt-Peckham, MSW discussing interent culture and dangers of online addictions. January 26th, 2017 and February 23rd, 2017. Father Gregory Greiten is pastor of St. Bernadette parish in Milwaukee, and has advanced training in pornography and sexual addiction. Pamela Schmidt-Peckham, MSW, is a therapist specializing in the treatment of sexual addictions, trauma and eating disorders.

Protect Young Minds

Equips parents to start teaching their children about pornography, and how to prepare their children to protect themselves from porn.  Additionally, if a child has already viewed pornography, resources are available to help children heal from exposure.  Of particular assistance may be their book for children, Good Pictures Bad Pictures, designed to help parents start the conversation with their children about pornography.

Pure Hope
Provides Christian solutions in a sexualized culture. Equips individuals, parents, families and churches to pursue sexual purity and oppose sexual exploitation. Key areas of focus include parenting, justice (combatting sex trafficking), and recovery for men and women addicted to pornography. Free downloadable resources include “Parenting in a Sexualized Culture” and “Recovery in a Sexualized Culture.”

Enough is Enough
Educational site for parents about how to effectively protect children from online pornography, sexual predators, cyberbullies, and other online dangers.

Faith and Safety: Technology Safety Through the Eyes of Faith
Educational site for parents run by the USCCB and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Provides conversation starters for families about technology, family media agreements, reviews of different apps and websites popular among young people, and more.

Covenant Eyes: Unfiltered
A Parent Workshop Kit “for an Ongoing Conversation about Internet Pornography” produced by filtering and accountability site Covenant Eyes. Available online for free: “Protecting Your Family Online: A parent’s how-to guide.”

Integrity Restored
Founded by Dr. Peter Kleponis, author of the book The Pornography Epidemic: A Catholic Approach, Integrity Restored has a section of their website dedicated to helping parents protect their children from pornography and help them navigate a culture imbued with pornography.

The Porn Effect

Founded by Matthew Fradd of Integrity Restored, the Porn Effect is the youth outreach branch that educates youth and provides resources for them about pornography use and addiction. The Porn Effect offers "The Battle Plan," which is a five step approach to assist young people in removing pornography from their lives. 

The Fortify Program

Fight the New Drug spent several years working with neuroscientists and psychologists to develop the Fortify Program, a free and anonymous online recovery program for youth.  It currently has over 35,000 users in over 155 countries.  With innovative designs and responsive technology, the entire program can be completed on a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop, and is designed to be used on any device.  There are 52 short videos that cover the science of addiction, the harms of pornography, tools that can help you break free, and other information so that youth can be empowered to overcome struggles with pornography.

 

Internet Filtering Tools

Covenant Eyes
Offers both internet accountability and filtering systems. Internet accountability helps to reduce temptation and start conversations about online activity. The filter systems will prevent users from accessing certain content and websites. Both of these systems are designed for parents, children, and adults. Available on various devices.

X3Watch
X3Watch, an initiative of XXXChurch, is an accountability and filtering program that allows you to monitor your Internet use, block URLs, filter content, and share your progress with people you trust. Available on various devices.

 

Internet and Print Resources

Pornography has become increasingly more available and accepted in today’s society. Both men and women of all ages have become entangled in the lies and pain of pornography use and even addiction, which has devastating effects on the user and his or her spouse and family.

It is important that those who are using pornography and those that are affected by a spouse’s receive the support and healing that they need. Below is a select list of resources for those who are struggling with pornography, as well as for their spouses and family members.

For more information about pornography from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s marriage Initiative, For Your Marriage, including statistics on pornography use, please visit their excellent “Overcoming Obstacles: Pornography” articles.

Disclaimer: Please note that the content on this page is provided solely for your information and should not be interpreted as an official endorsement of the organizations, programs, and websites listed. To the best of our knowledge, the information listed here did not conflict with Catholic teaching and was accurate at the time of posting.

 

General Web Resources

Catholic Answers
Videos of chastity speaker Matt Fradd talking about pornography addiction, recovery, and more.

The Chastity Project
A ministry run by chastity speakers Jason and Crystalina Evert, the Chastity Project features videos on the effects of pornography and recovery from addiction, as well as other chastity-related topics.

MaritalHealing.com
An overview of the psychological aspects of pornography addiction and its effects on marriage.

National Center on Sexual Exploitation
Formerly Morality in Media, this is the leading national organization opposing pornography and indecency through public education. Numerous informative articles about the pornography industry, sex trafficking, and research on pornography’s negative effects.

The Social Costs of Pornography
In 2010, the Witherspoon Institute published a book of essays about pornography by leading experts in psychology, sociology, law, and more. The companion website of the same name features videos by the authors and others on various topics related to pornography and the pornography industry.

 

Books and Other Print Resources

Bought With a Price: Every Man’s Duty to Protect Himself and His Family from a Pornographic Culture by Bishop Paul S. Loverde (Diocese of Arlington, 2014). An updated version of Bishop Loverde’s 2006 pastoral letter on the same topic. The small booklet includes a study guide and a suggested rule of life for those wishing to be free from pornography. More information, including additional resources and ordering information, available on the Diocese of Arlington website. See also Bishop Loverde’s article in First Things about the letter’s release: “Let the Battle for Purity Begin” (March 19, 2014).

Cleansed: A Catholic Guide to Freedom from Porn by Marcel LeJeune (Pauline Books and Media, January 2016). A practical and spiritual guide to freedom and healing from pornography addiction from a Catholic perspective.

Delivered: True Stories of Men and Women Who Turned from Porn to Purity edited by Matt Fradd, foreword by Jason Evert (San Diego: Catholic Answers Press, 2013). A compilation of real-life, first-person narratives about the corrosive effects of pornography on both men and women, as well as the possibility of gaining deliverance from pornography use and addiction. Print, e-book, and bulk purchases available at http://mattfradddelivered.com/.

Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography by Peter C. Kleponis, Ph.D. (Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Road Publishing, 2014). Written by clinical therapist and founder of Integrity Restored (see above), this book provides an overview of the effects of pornography on men, women, children, and society, as well as practical advice for breaking free of pornography. Available at the publisher’s website and elsewhere.

Overcoming Pornography Addiction: A Spiritual Solution by J. Brian Bransfield (New York: Paulist Press, 2013). A short book by a well-known author and speaker on St. John Paul II’s teachings on the theology of the body. The struggle of pornography is examined through an extended reflection on Chapter 4 of the Gospel of John, Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well. Available in print and as an e-book at the publisher’s website. See also a review of the book on the For Your Marriage website.

The Social Costs of Pornography: A Collection of Papers edited by James R. Stoner, Jr. and Donna M. Hughes (Princeton: Witherspoon Institute, 2010). A compilation of essays on the harms of pornography, moral arguments against it, and issues related to law and policy. The appendix lists main research findings. A companion website provides more information, as well as links to purchase the book, summary version of the book, and a DVD with presentations by the authors.

Wired for Intimacy: How pornography hijacks the male brain by William M. Struthers (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2009). Written by an associate professor of psychology, this book explains in plain language the science behind the effects of pornography on the brain, particularly the male brain, as well as how and why addiction happens. Includes a reflection on healthy masculinity in the Christian understanding of the human person. Available in print and as an e-book at the publisher’s website.

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