Idaho Offering ‘Porn Literacy’ to Elementary School Children

The curriculum recommends hiding porn consumption.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) has implemented sex education curriculum promoting “queering education” and the “normalization of consumption of pornography.”
  • The materials, endorsed by Planned Parenthood, advocate for abortion and include activities such as watching cartoon porn.
  • Graphic sexual content is introduced to schools as young as elementary age, which, according to the program, opens the children’s minds and prepares them for sexual activity.
  • Additionally, students are taught how to hide their browsing history from parents or guardians and resources for how to check if they are being “monitored” without their knowledge and how to quickly exit a page.
  • Training includes a teacher talking about “normalizing watching porn,” saying it makes her students “a lot more engaged in the conversation” and “builds trust” with teachers.
  • “It’s OK if they have watched porn, and it’s OK if they have thought about porn,” one teacher said, before going on to say she tells students that being “curious” about porn “makes them human.”
CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS:
  • Idaho law requires that public schools include sex education that reinforces traditional family values and funds programs like the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) and Title V Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE).
  • However, the IDHW’s implementation of sex education products from non-profits like Education, Training, and Research (ETR) also includes the curriculum developed by Planned Parenthood.
  • Additionally, the IDHW has instructed districts to implement the Reducing the Risk (RTR) curriculum which promises to teach abstinence, but delivers a number of approaches, including  “LGBTQ Inclusive” curriculum with an  emphasis on “gender identity, sexual orientation, and behavior.” 
  • Pornography consumption is also a “required topic” for the ERT program, though ERT admits, “the evidence is largely unclear whether sexually explicit media use influences future sexual health among adolescents.” 
BACKGROUND:
  • Concerns about the grooming of children have taken off, nationwide, with content for schools such as “drag queen story hour” bringing up questions about the actual purpose of the event.
  • The Illinois Family Action cited similar concerns and a New York Times columnist admitted that schools are “grooming” children in preparation for an LGBT identity.
  • North Carolina’s Education First Alliance has also uncovered child grooming promotors among the state’s political candidates.