Helping kids make sense of conflicting and confusing feelings

When a child sees troubling images online, it’s important for them to be prepared to know how to respond. Hamish uncovers a world of wonder on tech devices, but he also encounters troubling, harmful images. Hamish and the Shadow Secret is an educational resource for engaging children in a safe and robust conversation about the harms of pornography. Written for children aged 8-12-years, Hamish and the Shadow Secret is a valuable inclusion in every home, school and counselling setting.

Eeek! Another image popped up. No one had EVER said anything to me about this! Inside me, a battle roared. I was being pulled in two different directions.” To sum up, Hamish and the Shadow Secret is an empowering book for kids learning to navigate the online world.

In this video, co-author Liz Walker speaks about why Hamish and the Shadow Secret is such an important resource for kids, parents and professionals. Purchase your paperback copy here or download it on Kindle today.

Shadow Secret support materials

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Support Notes

Gain insight into the harms of pornography by reading these support notes and linking to other educational information.

Discussion Questions

Access discussion questions to assist conversations that maximise the potential of this book.


On Guard builds upon the messages in Shadow Secret and equips kids for inevitable difficult moral decisions. Coming soon.

About the Author

Learn about Liz Walker and her global work as an educator and advocate in response to porn harms.

Co-author and illustrator

Learn about Don Truss, co-author and illustrator, and his dedication to positively impacting kids.

"Hamish and the Shadow Secret" is one of those books that changes the way we think about the harms of pornography on children. Succinct, beautifully written, and compelling in its storytelling, Hamish is a book that every parent and caregiver should read to their kids as a way to build resilience to the toxic porn culture that has infiltrated the lives of kids across the world. The authors have given parents, and caregiver everywhere, a profound gift!

Dr. Gail DinesPresident & CEO, Culture Reframed

I can't recommend 'Hamish and the Shadow Secret' enough. I read this book with my daughter who is ten and my stepson who is nine – neither have seen pornography. The kids were able to relate really well to Hamish and the illustrations help bring the story to life. As we read about his journey, it helped all of us to be able to understand and name the emotions and physical sensations that children may experience when they are exposed to pornography at a young age, making it a perfect resource for 8 - 12 year old’s.

Zareen Sheikh-CopeFounder/Producer Hazardous Journey Productions

“Hamish and the Shadow Secret” is an effort to open parents’ eyes to what may befall their children in the online world. This taboo topic has become so prevalent that it should be looked at as an epidemic that needs our urgent attention. Child-on-child sexual abuse, exploitation and human trafficking are on the rise, yet people are still silent or unaware of how pornography contributes to this increase. I congratulate my dear friend and colleague, Liz Walker, in the fight against the harms of pornography; and thank Don Truss for joining her to create this educational gem to protect our young loved ones.

Wael IbrahimAuthor of Bet it! 50 Plus Shades of Hope and Co-Founder of the Aware Academy