2020 Salt Lake City UCAP Conference


Building Porn Resilient Families in a Digital World

This presentation provides healthy skill-building activities to create porn resilient families. Pornography uses technology to its advantage. Over-reliance on screens produces children who are extremely susceptible to the lure of porn. We teach families to recognize areas of vulnerability and teach protective techniques.

From infancy, technology is given the role of the greatest influencer and most-used soother. Neurologically, groundwork gets laid to rely upon digital distraction rather than learn self-regulation. An over-reliance on tech facilitates the discovery of salacious content and subsequent pornography addiction. This treacherous chain of events sets children up for deficits in coping skills, and empathic connection, the very tools which build porn resiliency.

Through the teaching of emotional literacy, increasing exposure to nature, allowing time for reflection, and building relationships we can establish connections necessary for overall health.


Amy Adams holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in social work from UCLA and BYU respectively. Amy began her career as a children’s social worker for Child Protective Services in Los Angeles, CA. She is a credentialed school social worker and currently works as a middle school counselor. She sees firsthand the impact that technology is having on children and is passionate about helping families navigate the digital world. Amy is the author of Screen Ed: Your ‘Driver’s Education’ Manual for Smartphones, a workbook for teens. When she is not speaking, writing or reading about technology, Amy enjoys spending time playing board games with her husband and four children.

Hillary Wilkinson holds a master’s degree in education and teaching credential from UC Santa Barbara as well as a bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in Early Childhood Development from Sonoma State University. Her background in motivational research and developmentally-appropriate practice has led to many enjoyable years of working with the “under-tween” set. Hillary passionately believes in the power of parent education. Her philosophy of approaching children with humor, empathy and love are the pillars upon which she parents, instructs, and tries to cope with life! She enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and their assortment of animals in beautiful Southern California.

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