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Internet Safety 101 — Protecting Kids From Porn

In Family on March 8, 2010 at 7:14 am



Biblical Principles

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Mark 9:42 And whoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.

There is a new website devoted to providing a package of resources for parents to protect their children from all of the sin and filth on the web called Internet Safety 101. The package helps parents on using technology to block sites on computers, monitor internet use and speak to their children about the rampant porn and violence on the internet. Parents really need to get on the ball on this issue. The internet is an unprecedented portal into the sinful world. Having a computer with web access in the bedroom of a child is like leaving them alone in their room with stacks of X-rated magazines and movies every night. Not to mention that through social networking and dating sites, the ability for adults to contact children for intimate conversation or actual dating has become incredibly easy. Meanwhile the parents are none the wiser as some articles and surveys show.
To give a bit of an example, let’s look at some quick facts:

Of students aged 13 and 14 from schools across Alberta, Canada, 90 percent of males and 70 percent of females reported accessing sexually explicit media content at least once.1

The study revealed that boys do the majority of deliberate viewing, and a significant minority now plans social time around viewing porn with male friends. 2

Porn has become a major presence in the lives of youth, and while a majority of teens surveys said their parents expressed concern about sexual content, that concern has not led to discussion or supervision, and few parents are using available technology to block sexual content.3

In the survey, most kids who reported unwanted exposure were aged 13 to 17. Still, sizable numbers of 10- and 11-year-olds also had unwanted exposure — 17 percent of boys and 16 percent of girls that age. 4

A new survey from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that 4% of cell-owning teens ages 12-17 say they have sent sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images or videos of themselves to someone else via text messaging, a practice also known as “sexting”; 15% say they have received such images of someone they know via text message.

There are many studies which show the damaging effects of pornography and we are living in a generation of unprecedented exposure among children thanks to the internet. And certainly from a spiritual standpoint it’s bringing sexual lust and fornication into their minds and hearts. We have a duty to protect children from this and keep them close to God. Step 1 – don’t let a child have a computer with internet access in their bedroom. And if you must find great blocking and monitoring software. Internet Safety 101 can help with all of this. Look at what your kids are up to and where they are going on the web. Get involved in their lives on the net. And keep them in prayer and in a good church so God can teach and convict them with His Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul, when writing to his disciple Timothy, stated: “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.” (2 Timothy 1:5). Timothy, one of the earliest third-generation Christians in the Bible, was strong in his faith because he had a family that raised him to be. So much so that a young age, he was prepared to go to churches on Paul’s behalf and train their congregations in The Word. All because of a godly upbringing. As parents and leaders in our homes, we should be no different.

1 Thompson, Sonya. “Study Shows 1 in 3 Boys Heavy Porn Users”. University of Alberta Study, 5 March 2007, http://www.healthnews-stat/com…0&keys=porn-rural-teens.
2. ibid
3. ibid
4. Wolak, Janis, et al. “Unwanted and Wanted Exposure to Online Pornography in a National Sample of Youth Internet Users.” Pediatrics 119 (2007); 247-257.

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