Read the eBook, watch the videos, then initiate a conversation. If you follow what we offer in these videos, it just plain works!
The Parent's Guide is a comprehensive strategy to initiate the prevention conversation with your young people. Tried and tested, this method takes all the guesswork out of initiating that awkward conversation, so that you and your young people can take the healthy step toward communication and avoiding this material.
Never in the history of mankind has this amount of pornography been so available to everybody at any age. In order to tackle this problem, we as grown-ups, parents, and caregivers must step up and communicate about this topic which can actively hurt our young people.
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You might think that this can wait until next week, or the next birthday or next summer; it can’t.
Prevention is the goal, and the sooner you address this subject the better.
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I'm a dad
I love what I do for a living because we're making a difference.
When I meet with parents and their young people and we truly connect and communicate it is a wonderful event. Parents are apprehensive about this topic and so are their young people. Bridging that gap is truly an honor in every family setting, and every family is different. The grown-ups feel a load off their shoulders and so do young people. When we remove blame and shame from the conversation, we are placed in a position of true communication and education. It's awesome!
Online pornography is a real challenge for our young people.
We have allowed fear and shame to dominate our young people's entrance into an important part of their individual personalities. This content negatively affects their brains like stimulants (drugs) and can alter their perception of other human beings. While we know it can be scary and uncomfortable, we owe it to our young people to be brave about this topic. It isn't going away, and because of that, we have got to step up, (stand up / jump in / push back) and talk about it. We offer you everything you need to have that first (and the scariest) conversation. We have your back.
The Third Talk™ Founder, SME BA
A movement without an alternative agenda.
I began my efforts in 1998. The Third Talk™ is information for parents and their young people about growing up in a pornography-soaked internet environment and how to manage that successfully within their own family's principles and values; and nothing else. There are no ideological beliefs incorporated, and this is not "sex-ed". We are a prevention based education platform, and we are focused on the communication necessary to establish that goal.
I purposefully created The Third Talk™ to follow three simple rules: young people should not watch explicit adult material online, every parent has this issue and that communication is the only true solution to this challenge. We as parents need to communicate with each other regarding online pornography without any alternative agenda (other than to protect our young people), no matter how noble the cause.
We understand people may not be familiar with this subject, but this content affects every young person in middle school and high school, regardless of their grade, race, religion, gender, socio-economic position, or romantic interest. It affects them socially and emotionally, even if they aren’t the one that sees it.
It is now acceptable to speak with your young people about explicit adult material online;
if we can just get that point across Nationally...
WE WIN and our kids win.
Let's all win together.
What parents and the experts
are saying about
The Third Talk™...
“The Third Talk has a message that parents need to hear. If someone had told me that having a conference room sized discussion about children being exposed to online pornography could be light and easy, I would have thought they were joking. John’s ability to deliver clear and concise information about the hazards of online pornography exposure to children is wonderful. He is well read and confident, without an ounce of apology or shame. He just makes it easy to discuss this otherwise tricky and difficult topic.”
North Carolina State PTA
“I have worked in law enforcement for over 24 years and have seen all kinds of bravery. Standing up in a room full of people to address a topic that has been mostly ignored is brave, especially a topic as provocative as online viewing of pornography by young people. John is brave. John has put his name and reputation on the line publicly, to assist our parents and their children defend against a huge and mostly silent challenge for our children; namely the volume of pornography kids see at very early ages.”
Major Robert Ramirez
Fayetteville Police Department
“John is addressing a difficult and prolific problem in our State and around the country. I know him to be thoughtful, careful, professional and even funny. His lectures at our trainings routinely receive the highest marks from the participating Administrators, counselors and teachers, and we look forward to his upcoming teachings... He has opened my eyes to a challenge in our State for young people that I was not fully aware of, and solving it with grace and care. I recommend John’s approach to online pornography-prevention for all our young people.”
North Carolina Center for Safer Schools
“I support John Van Arnam and his program called The Third Talk™. It is a smart and compelling approach to address a challenge that affects all middle schoolers and high schoolers. Online pornography is more prevalent than most people understand, and exposure can have lasting negative effects on the mind and behavior of students, especially boys. I have known John for many years, I have worked with him on other projects, and I recommend his services highly. I encourage John’s approach.”
Kelly Johnson, PhD
Clinical Sexologist & Sex Educator
“My cousin tried to show me pornography on his computer while our parents weren’t around, and I knew I wasn’t supposed to see that. I was embarrassed to talk to my Mom, so I didn’t say anything. Mr. Van Arnam came to my school and said it’s okay to talk about it with my Mom and Dad. I finally was able to say something without them getting mad at me.”
This is a story from a 12 year-old girl.
I hear them all of the time at events. Believe it or not these experiences are surprisingly common.
The reality is underage American children view over 460 pornographic videos every second of every day. As adults and parents, we can and MUST do better to curb exposure. Even a small reduction in exposure (10%) translates to hundreds of millions of videos that are not viewed by underage people.
I believe that we can do this.
We CAN raise the next generation of kids to be “porn-proof.”
Together, we CAN teach communication, respect, and mutual care.
...but we’ll need to build a movement to make this work.
One family at a time.
I’d love for you to be by my side.
Are you in?
What Do I Get?
If you watch and then follow what we offer in these videos,
it just plain works!
In The Parent's Starter Kit you receive a downloadable e-book that provides parents key information to initiate the pornography-prevention conversation within your own family. This book is a transcript to best organize the information contained in the video and provide parents a quick reference to answer the first several questions your young person may have.
You will receive a 7-part video series, in it, the actual words to use to start the conversation and strategies to keep the conversation going. We’ll provide you the “What to say and how to say it.” We suggest that you watch the videos a few times through before you initiate the conversation with your young person; this way you’ll have a base of information to draw from and answer questions your young people may have.
You will also receive a Parent / Young Person Agreement Template in order to formally agree to certain specifics that you've discussed and solidify the information you have all learned together. Young people agree not to view this content. Grown-ups agree not to shame or blame their young people and to provide them a safe place to ask questions and discuss their experience.
Problem: We are not speaking to our young people about explicit adult material online. We have tried restrictions, filters, regulations, laws; we have tried to shake our fist at the problem or just hope that "someone" else would fix it. Here we take the first thoughtful step: communication.
Impact: This content can cause depression, aggression, and loneliness and the conditioning of our young people away from true connection or intimacy throughout their adolescence and into adulthood. It can lead to intimate partner violence and assault. It releases a mix of chemicals in the brain that acts like a stimulant (drug) and creates the need for more content, and content that is more “hardcore.” It can cause body shaming issues in both Young Men and Women. It can create neural pathways in the brain that cause young people to seek out more content through the release of dopamine. Explicit adult material takes all the fun out of human interactions, by fast-forwarding our young people through what should be a natural, normal, gradual, exploration process.
Solution: We talk about it. The answer is to bring this topic out into the light and discuss it in our families, in our school, in our church, youth group, our neighborhoods and with our friends. Communities together can stop this challenge and we at The Third Talk™ are here to help.