The impact of pornography on young people has been described as an emerging public health crisis. What can parents do?

The issue will be addressed in a free seminar for Independent school parents hosted by Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) on Wednesday 15 March 2017, from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm.

Family therapist and founder of the Man Enough program, Hugh Martin, will provide expert advice and lead the discussion.

As Hugh notes, research tells us that internet pornography and sexualised media are the primary sources of sex and relationship education for young people. They learn from it and it forms their attitudes and beliefs about sex – how to look, how to act, and how to feel – relationships, gender and violence.

In this first of The Parent Seminars at ISV, Hugh will answer the following important questions:

  • What are children and young people being exposed to online?
  • What are young people being taught about sex through pornography?
  • What impact can this have on young people’s understanding of relationships and sexuality?
  • What impact does this have on our community?
  • How can parents address this problem?
  • What do parents need to understand about pornograhy and its influence on young people’s sexual understandings and expectations?
  • How can parents support their children’s healthy social and sexual development in an age of pornography?

Hugh will work with parents to show them how to challenge negative stereotypes, promote safe and healthy relationships.

Hugh is an experienced family therapist and trained psychotherapist who works with men and boys who have developed habitual behaviour associated with pornography and its impact on self esteem, relationships and sexuality.

The Pornography Problem – What Can Parents Do?

WHEN: 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm  Wednesday 15 March 2017

WHERE: Independent Schools Victoria, 40 Rosslyn St, West Melbourne, 3003

ENTRY: Free, but registration required. Send an email with your name to with the words ‘Parent Seminar’ in the subject line. Light refreshments will be served.

HOW TO GET THERE: We are close to the CBD and the Queen Victoria Market. There is plenty of street parking, at participants’ own expense,  and ISV is near the Route 57 tram service, and a 10 minute walk from Flagstaff Station.


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