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Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-Proofing Today's Young Kids Paperback – March 13, 2014
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From the Author
I began writing Good Pictures Bad Pictures after hearing my friend's tragic story about her 17 year old son. After years of viewing internet pornography, he began to sexually molest his younger siblings. I knew there needed to be a resource that would make it easy for parents to warn their kids about the dangers of pornography addiction. So I linked arms with Dr. Gail Poyner, a licensed psychologist and after three years of researching, writing, beta-testing with parents and kids, we finally published Good Pictures Bad Pictures! My hope is that our book will help parents begin a positive and proactive conversation to inoculate their young children and give them a plan to reject pornography.
From the Back Cover
"It’s never too early to start teaching kids healthy media habits! Reading Good Pictures Bad Pictures Jr to your young children is a beautiful way to empower them to make safe internet choices." Sean Covey, Executive Vice President FranklinCovey Co. and international bestselling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
"Our kids deserve to be warned about the very real dangers of pornography in a simple way they can understand. As a mom of two preschoolers growing up in a digital world, I am thrilled to recommend Good Pictures Bad Pictures Jr.! We loved the hidden cameras inside!" Dawn Hawkins, VP & Executive Director, National Center on Sexual Exploitation
"Protecting our young kids from internet pornography seems to intimidating! What a gift to be able to sit with our little ones on our laps, look at these beautiful pictures, and read and discuss together a daunting topic in such an easy way!" Melody Bergman, Blogger at MamaCrossroads
"As a therapist who specializes in sexual addiction treatment, I can vouch for the significance of Kristen Jenson's groundbreaking book Good Pictures Bad Pictures Jr. This book equips parents to wisely warn their children in an age-appropriate way. I plan to read it repeatedly with my young children." Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP-C, author of "Life After Lust: Stories & Strategies for Sex & Pornography Addiction Recovery."
"Earlier is definitely better when it comes to arming children against pornography. Good Pictures Bad Pictures Jr. is a beautiful way to begin protecting your youngest children without jeopardizing their innocence. Get it! Share it!” Matt Fradd, Director at Integrity Restored, Speaker, Author, parent
"For the sake of the children, I wholeheartedly recommend Good Pictures Bad Pictures Jr. As a grandfather, father and pastor, I can think of no better gift for a child than the ability to reject pornography. Our kids’ future marriages depend on it. Every young child deserves to have this beautiful book read to them over and over again." Josh McDowell, Josh McDowell Ministries
“Good Pictures Bad Pictures Jr. is an excellent tool to help children develop a sense of internal monitoring. And most importantly, it helps lay the foundation for parent child discussions about healthy sexuality and personal safety from a very young age.” Steven & Rhyll Croshaw, SALifeline Foundation
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I really like the no-shame approach the author takes. It's so much more than just "don't watch or look at porn." It gave my children a real understanding about the brain and its natural response to pornography, how it can affect you if you look at it, and how to be prepared when you do come across it (since, let's face it... it's gonna happen at some point).
It says the recommended age is 8+, but I involved my 7 year old in our conversation and he fully understood.
Another thing I would like to point out, is that even if you haven't had the talk about the "birds & the bees", this book is still for you. It didn't raise any questions about sex, which I could appreciate since we're not quite ready to have that discussion with our younger ones. The reason why it doesn't go there, is because it doesn't go into detail about what is involved in pornagraphic videos- it simply describes pornography as "pictures, videos or even cartoons of people with little or no clothes on".
“You can’t look at pornography. If someone offers to show you a picture, just ask what it’s about and if it’s a surprise just don’t look at it.
Addiction make you start lying to your family and friends. And you must not try things you could be addicted to once. And you can joke about things you might be addicted to like, ‘I’m addicted to Dippin’ Dots.’ Cuz Dippin’ Dots are good.
My feeling brain makes me thirsty and decide what to eat and also rewards me for what I do right. But if I start to do pornography my feeling brain might start to reward me for it. But if I’m smart enough to not feel rewarded then my feeling brain will make me feel bad for looking at pornography.
I learned to try to not get addicted to stuff like pornography or drinking or smoking or taking yummy pills even if I don’t need them. The more I use my thinking brain, the stronger it gets. Even if I’m about to look at pornography, my thinking brain says, “No!” If I’m doing my math homework my thinking brain gets stronger about pornography.
I learned to leave my thinking brain in charge and let my feeling brain help me know what I want to do unless I’m spoiled. If I want to run into the street, I don’t have to get there immediately. Say I just got home from “Color Me Mine” and I run across the street without stopping to think. I might get hit by a car, or, more luckily, almost hit by a car.
I learned not to take drugs. Drugs will probably make you get pictures of pornography and trick people into looking at them even if they don’t want to. Drugs can make you lie about whether something is pornography. If you’re watching your favorite movie, there might be some pornography in it.
When your brain starts looking at pornography, it starts to make its own kind of drug. After you finish pornography, you stop having the drug that your brain makes. After the drug stops, you feel pain. Some people take drugs only to feel better. Instead of doing drugs or pornography, do something you like. If you still feel unhappy DO NOT TAKE DRUGS. Just wait. Do not take drugs. Just like go outside and lay on the grass. I tried it once and it really helped.”
I personally sought out this book for my 6-year when he tearfully reported seeing naked people on a 6 year-old friend’s phone. My son was not able to verbalize what he had seen. Thankfully Good Pictures/Bad Pictures explained to him in easy terms that he had seen pornography. The most valuable lesson that my son verbalized was that he could choose to use his thinking or feeling brain at a young age and he could protect his own brain.
My clients read Good Pictures Bad Pictures to their children to explain how compulsive porn has impacted mom, dad and/or siblings because children know there is a problem in the home, but they just don’t know what it is! This book gives clients the opportunity to shine light on compulsive porn use in an age appropriate way. Adult clients also find it easier to understand compulsive porn viewing because of how easy the authors explain addiction in the brain. I highly recommend this book for parents that want to prepare their children for what they may view on a phone/video game/laptop at even the most innocent of ages as my own 6 year old. I also highly recommend this book as education for Families of Compulsive Porn Addicts.
Cassie Kingan, MA, PC, CCPS, CCTP
Certified Clinical Partner Specialist
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional