This Is Your Brain on Porn: 4 Videos to Help Kids Reject Addiction

It's the second week of our Summer Film Festival and we're focusing on helping kids understand addiction: what it is, how it feels, and why it’s harmful to their brains. The following four videos are short but powerful. We hope you enjoy watching and talking about them with your family.

Nuggets: Showing Kids How an Addiction Feels

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This first video is called Nuggets and it's pure genius! It shows kids how an addiction begins as a choice and then devolves into a desperate, dark need. It’s only about five minutes long but you’ll have a lot to talk about after you watch it with them.

Note: Nuggets doesn’t show everything that happens with an addiction (continuing to use despite negative consequences, lying to loved ones to hide the addiction, the shame involved), but it does portray how an addiction can feel from the point of view of the addict. For more information on how an addiction begins and develops, check out my post How to Create a Porn Addiction in 7 Easy Steps.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUngLgGRJpo

The Science of Pornography Addiction

Our second video is The Science of Pornography Addiction brought to us by AsapScience. It’s only 3 minutes long, but packs in a lot of information about how pornography acts like an addictive drug and re-wires the brain. This video is appropriate for older kids (tweens and teens).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ya67aLaaCc

Dr. Hilton speaks to Youth and Parents about Pornography

Donald Hilton is a neurosurgeon and an amazing anti-pornography activist. He knows A LOT about the brain and helps us non-brain surgeon types to understand how porn impacts the brain just like a drug. This video is only 13 minutes long, but really helps kids and parents understand the neuroscience behind pornography addiction. Dr. Hilton uses several memorable analogies to get and keep your attention. Great for tweens and teens.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ADYe5w75yk

We Need to Talk…About Porn

Check out this powerful 2 minute animated video from Fight the New Drug. Great stuff for tweens and teens to help them understand that porn changes the brain and is definitely not cool.

https://youtu.be/9VdepPZy4Jk

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