Tuesday, March 29, 2011

WRAP (White Ribbon Against Pornography)

What is White Ribbon Week and why are we holding it?
White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) week is designed to help educate students and parents about the dangers of pornography.    The week includes an opportunity for each student to pledge to NOT view pornography.
Some facts about pornography:
*The average age of first exposure to Internet pornography is just 11 years of age.
*Children 12-17 are now the single largest group of consumers of Internet pornography.
*41% of all children over 10 with Internet access “surf” for pornography.
*90% of children over the age of 11 have been exposed to Internet pornography.
*There are 1 million sexual predators and pedophiles that use the Internet to target children.
*One out of every 5 kids over the age of 10 with Internet access has received a sexual solicitation from someone on the web.
*Sometimes a single exposure to pornography causes addiction;  sometimes it may take a few weeks.
*Giving porn to a teenage boy is like giving crack to a baby – addiction is guaranteed.
*Most sexual and pornographic addictions begin in middle childhood or early adolescence and most of the time without the parents’ awareness or the children themselves having a sufficient understanding of the risks involved.

The PTA will be holding WRAP week April 14-20 (Thurs – Weds).  There will be various activities throughout the week such as crazy sock day (sock it to pornography),  “trash” pornography day, and handing out Airheads candy with the slogan “don’t be an airhead, stay away from porn”.  On the final day, there will be a large poster for the students to sign as a pledge to avoid pornography. 

The PTA will be working closely with administration, school counselors, and government officials to help ensure that both parents and students receive the information regarding pornography that will be helpful to them in making wise choices.  Hopefully, this will open some dialogue at home between parents and their children regarding pornography.

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