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Why Access to High Speed Online Pornography Should Speed Up 'The Talk' With Children

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    Why Access to Porn Should Speed Up 'The Talk" With Kids

    This is the first generation to grow up with access to high speed online pornography, and the experts say it is rewiring the way young brains think about sex. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017)

    There are not many parents who look forward to having 'the talk' with their kids about sex. High speed technology is speeding up the time-frame to have that discussion.

    "We cannot ignore the problem anymore," said Dr. Elena Riedo, a North Texas psychologist who specializes in treating sex and pornography addiction. "I think this is the biggest change in human sexuality, I think the biggest change we have ever seen."

    Dr. Riedo says technology is rewiring the brain to change the way this younger generation, the first to grow up with high speed online access, thinks about sex.

    "The adolescent brain is really hijacked by high speed pornography. We've never seen that before," said Riedo. "You will have kids who stay hours in the room, just watching pornography, feeling the dopamine rush, and not being out there learning how to court somebody, learning how to be with another person."

    Domino's Pizza Launches Outdoor Delivery

    [DFW] Domino's Pizza Launches Outdoor Delivery

    Domino's Pizza is tweaking its home delivery service for those times you're not at home.
    After years of delivery right to your doorstep, Domino's drivers will now deliver to outdoor locations.
    That includes beaches, parks, landmarks, and other outdoor locations across the country.
    Domino's says its drivers will deliver to 150-thousand locations from the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, to the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign.
    The locations are now active and show up in the company's app or website as "Domino's Hotspots."
    Customers pre-pay for their orders, select a location, and your pizza is on the way.
    Previously, Domino's delivered to offbeat locations, but, the new service sets up designated drop off points.
    The service was tested last fall in Miami before being rolled out nationwide.

    (Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

    Previous generations had access to porn in magazines like Playboy and Hustler, or adult movies on VHS tapes. Today, pornography is easier to access and more hard core.

    "When we talk about pornography today we need to remember that it's not what our fathers used to watch," said Dr. Riedo. "It's really the opposite of making love. It's really making hate."

    The convergence over the last decade of internet streaming, smart phones, and online pornography have created the perfect storm.

    "We have seen this coming for a while," Riedo said. "It's a tsunami. We've been talking about it for a while and now it's here."

    Right at childrens' fingertips, just a swipe on a phone or click of a mouse away. 

    "They talk about gateway drugs. Pictures are gateway drugs," said Lee Thompson, who is a chaplain, mentor, and former porn addict. Thompson said he started at age 8, looking at his uncles' magazines. Thompson said it is much easier today for young children to find pornography.

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    The bus was carrying the junior league Humboldt hockey team to a game when a tractor-trailer slammed into the bus.
    Sixteen were killed and thirteen people were injured in the crash.
    Today's remembrance was one of a number of events that honored the team and their families.
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    (Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

    "They find the free porn sites because they're advertised on Instagram now," Thompson said. "When you don't know why you're doing something, but you know you need it, that's the cycle of addiction. We'll talk about it with alcohol an drugs, but we won't talk about it with this."

    Dr. Riedo says very often the thrill of watching online porn is followed by shame, that keeps the user silent.

    "This conversation is very difficult, but we need to have it," Riedo urged. "It's either we as parents teach the kids what healthy sex is, or we let the pornographers do it." 

    Here's some links to help you navigate "the talk" with your kids.

    Your Brain On Porn

    Growing Up in a Pornified Culture

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    It happened just before 6 a.m. Monday.
    As of 11 a.m., Scranton fire officials say 90-people have been evacuated from the building, and another 35 may be forced to leave.
    A shelter is being set up to help the residents of the senior apartment complex.
    No word on any injuries.

    (Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

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