If you think watching porn – or someone else’s use of porn – has impacted on you in ways you don’t like, or you feel upset, worried or hurt by anything you’ve seen, you don’t need to deal with it alone.
Share what’s going on
When things are hard, it’s really normal to feel nervous about talking to others about it – but it’s good to get support. Find someone you trust and talk to them about it. You could try a parent, relative, family friend, counsellor, youth worker or doctor: anyone who will listen, care for you, and offer support. Whatever you would like support with, there are people who will be able to help. So, hang in there.
- Here are some places you can get some ideas and information:
- Who can I talk to?
- How can I look after myself online?
- How do I deal with offensive or illegal content?
cybersmart.gov.au/Teens/How do I deal with/Offensive or illegal content
- How do I deal with sexting?
www.cybersmart.gov.au/Teens/How do I deal with/Sexting.aspx or www.kidshelp.com.au/teens/get-info/hot-topics/sexting.php
- How do I deal with pressure to have sex?
- What if I’ve been forced to have sex?
- How do I deal with feeling like I use porn more than I want to and I can’t stop?
This Wikihow talks about ‘pornography addiction’ – which you may not relate to at all – but it has some tips that could be helpful if you want to stop using porn or use less, and you’re finding it hard to do.