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There is a list of books to help in the parents section of our Web site (http://www.pamf.org/teen/parents/sex/sex.html) and another great Web site is: http://www.talkingwithkids.org/e-updates/index.htm
The most important thing to remember is that you cannot fail - just identify that you are uncomfortable but want to help your kids find the information they need. If your son was looking at pornography, ask why he was looking at it - is he curious? Was he looking for information?
Tell him why you feel pornography is inappropriate for kids his age, tell him to visit this site or other appropriate sites to get information, and then maybe give him a book about sex that is right for his age - and tell him you will keep bringing things up so he can ask questions. You can also encourage him to ask other adult family members about sex if he has questions he does not want to ask you.
Most importantly - there is nothing wrong with wanting to know about sex - you would just rather he get the information from you.
Nancy Brown , Ed.S, M.A., Ph.D.