• By Jen O'Hara

How to talk to your teenagers about pornography

August 22, 2019
teenage boys looking at a hand-held mobile device, an electronic tablet while standing in a school hallway

Children are growing up in an age where technology and screen time are a part of life. More than 80% of U.S. teens have access to a smartphone, according to a recent study done by Common Sense Media. And while a mobile device can be used to stay connected to family and friends, it also can be used to explore the web away from the watchful eyes of parents. One area of concern for parents is access to pornography and how it may affect the developing teenage brain. Dr. Jennifer Vencill, a Mayo Clinic psychologist and licensed sex therapist, says there is limited research to date about whether the use of pornography can lead to compulsive sexual behavior

On the next Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Vencill and Dr. Dagoberto Heredia Jr., a Mayo Clinic psychology resident, will discuss how to talk to teens about sex. Also on the program, Dr. Amanika Kumar, a Mayo Clinic gynecologic surgeon, will explain how thorough assessment of a patient can help direct the treatment for ovarian cancer. And Dr. James Li, a Mayo Clinic allergist and immunologist, will discuss adult asthma.

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