Children, Teens, and Parents

In the world we live in today, pornography is readily available and young people are exposed to it in record numbers. It is estimated that before age 18, 90% of boys and 60% of girls are exposed to pornography ( As we learn more about how pornography affects the brain, it has become evident that pornography acts much like a drug and is highly addictive. Young people who excessively use pornography may experience deep feelings of shame, depression, and a negative self-image; they may find themselves unable to stop despite the consequences.

If you have discovered that your teenager has been exposed to pornography or is making habitual unhealthy sexual choices, YouthSTAR offers help and hope. Our program is designed to help young people heal from addictions to pornography, compulsive masturbation, and other compulsive sexual behaviors. In YouthSTAR, trained therapists guide adolescents through classes, workbooks, and therapy experiences that are focused on healing sexually addictive behavior and dealing with the underlying causes. We also provide a parent education component, teaching parents how they can best support their teenager throughout the program and the rest of their life.

If you know or suspect your teenager is experiencing these types of challenges, we encourage you to call us. Providing your child with the support they need now will make a lasting difference in their lives, for generations to come. If you’re ready to take the next step in investing in your teenager’s healing call us today at (559) 323-8484.


Addiction Treatment:

YouthSTAR of the Central Valley – Outpatient Treatment Program

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Therapist: Forest Benedict, MA, Sexual Addiction Treatment Provider, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Adjunct teacher at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary for “Counseling Sexual Addictions”. Author of “Protecting Children from the Path of Pornography”. Leads YouthSTAR treatment program and also leads adults in the LifeSTAR program. Other highly trained therapists available at this location as well.

Fortify Online Recovery Program – Free for ages 20 & under (note: this does not replace the need for therapy or treatment)

Pornography Protection Tools:

Open DNS – Free – Blocks adult website access on every device in the home –

Mobicip – Protect iOS & Android devices, Windows 7 / 8 computers

Filter & Accountability Software – Net Nanny/Covenant Eyes/K9

Movies/Videos/Music/TV/Games Reviews

The Most Dangerous Apps of 2015

How to Set Parental Control on your Apple Products

How to Set Up Parental Controls on your Android

Websites for parents:

Porn-Proof Kids: Tips & Tools to Protect Young Minds

Educate Empower Kids

Porn Proof Your Child

Covenant Eyes

XXXChurch –

Resources for Teens:

Fight the New Drug –

“What’s the Big Deal About Pornography: A Guide for the Internet Generation”

Dr Jill Manning, For Teens & Parents


How We Love Our Kids (2011), Yerkovich

Talking to Kids about Sex, Tech, and Social Media in the Touchscreen World (2014) – Craig Gross, David Dean

Angry Birds and Killer Bees: Talking to Your Kids about Sex(2013). Todd Bowman

Fortify: A Step Toward Recovery (2013) – Fight The New Drug

Kids Online: Protecting Your Children in Cyberspace (1998, Hughes)

Resources for Younger Children:

“Good Pictures, Bad Pictures” – Kristin Jenson, MA, Gail Poyner, PhD

Articles for Parents:

“Know the Signs” of Addiction

YouthSTAR Parent Night: How Pornography Use Effects the Brain

“Protecting Children from the Path of Pornography” by Forest Benedict (2010)

“Safeguarding Children from Addiction: An Attachment Perspective” by Forest Benedict, MA, SATP-C

Protecting Your Family Online: A How-To Guide for Parents

What Every Parent Needs to Know about Online Video Games

iForget: A Look At Digital Dementia, Excessive Screen Time and Why Your Kids Are At Risk

Dangerous Apps

Social Justice

“A Guide to What One Person Can Do About Pornography”

Porn Harms

Questions Answered: How To Talk To Kids About Porn (Fight the New Drug)


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