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Published: Saturday, May 19 2012 12:06 a.m. MDT

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Nan BW
ELder, CO

This short article contains astute observations that should be of extreme concern to all of us. Parents are the ones who can make a difference, but it requires vigilant
diligence because of the influences teens are exposed to all the time. As a grandparent, I don't know how to help grandchildren with this challenge. Teaching teens of the dangers of pornography can be achieved more effectively when strong connected fathers are present.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Maybe it just gets harped on a little too much. People, including teens, need to be prepared to deal with reality as it is instead of existing in the utah insular cocoon and suddenly finding themselves unable to cope. I think the kids are, mostly, alright and more able to cope than they are given credit for.

goatesnotes
Kamas, UT

I wish I had the eloquence and powers of persuasion sufficient to persuade our youth that I know the ravages of pornography are destructive to a family's life. Given enough years of observation and personal experiences with close extended family members, none of them would contend there are no dangers, nor would they say they don't care. Lives are ruined, patterns are replicated and passed on into generations that follow. The ripples in the pond stretch out for years. Those who contend there are no victims of pornography have simply not collected enough samples to make an intelligent conclusion. "Eat, drink and be merry" is a deeply entrenched satanic notion, and such a philosophy has gained a strong foothold in today's youth, as evidenced by the letter writer's observations. One can say sex and marriage are only momentary passing pleasures, but those who cannot or will not discern how such an attitude is destructive have likely already succumbed to the numbing influences of pornography addiction. The price exchanged for the indulgence is far too high for society, families and individuals to pay, and the piper will always insist on payment in full someday. Just not today.

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington, DC

I would like it if someone could make anti-pornography PSA's Whatever happened to all of those anti-drug PSA's that we saw on television during the 80's and 90's. I don't think people really realize what pronography can do to your marriage and personal life. If they hear an anonymous interview about how someones marriage was ruined by prongraphy after they bacame a registered sex offender,it may wake some people up to the reality of the whole thing.

Melanna
Salt Lake City, Utah

The children who skipped this assembly were obviously the most intelligent children in the school and are those least likely to engage in porn.

We know from our legislature that educating children about things like sex makes them more likely to engage in it. Obviously educating children about porn will also make them more likely to engage in it.

I cannot believe our schools are promoting porn like this! Why weren't the parents given the option of opting their kids out of this harmful assembly?

aaronfjerstad
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Sarah Cannon,
You made a good, but sad point about the ever-changing state of the world at this time. It is indeed regretful that pornography has become so prevalent in our time. I would like to point out one thing, however. YOU are a teenager, and YOU care. If you didn't care, why would you be writing about the problem? And if you care, who is to say how many other "teenagers" are there in the shadows, caring just as much as you do? If teenagers don't care, I assert that it is because, in the sinews of our culture, they are not expected to care. Just think of the kind of marketing directed at this supposed "vacation period" between childhood and adulthood. If those expectations are raised, the youth can and will rise to it, just as you have. As Paul said: "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things." (1 Corinthians 13:11) Thank you for speaking your mind.

awsomeron
Waianae, HI

Close the Campus. Have you ever heard of being taken to the assembly as a Class and if you are not there you get and F plus have a Pop Quiz the next day. A school day is like a job you just do not up and leave it. Parents need to parent and the School needs to Administer the rules and programs.

However the kid is right it is most likely useless. because of follow through or lack there of. However just because its useless does not mean you don't attend. You go as a Class Teacher does Roll Call and you stay, listening is optional

Again its not the Porn its the reaction to the Porn that destroys relationships.

Marriage is considered short term because of No Fault Divorce for just about anything.

Kids often see the truth in things that adults would very much like to hide. If you do one thing and say another kids hear, see, and act accordingly.

Also you should not lump kids into any demographic and say all kids.

Bebyebe
UUU, UT

School time should be used for teaching not for propaganda. This is a waste of my tax dollars. As is often said in these comments, children should learn about sex at home not at school.

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

@ awsomeron: Marriage is considered short term and optional because for the last 30 years we have been told the only people who need to get married are those who are going to have children.

Not very many teenagers are focused on childbearing - especially when we torment them about parenthood by making them raise eggs.

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