Since you’re reading this article, I believe that you care deeply for your children and want the best for them. Because of that, I’d like to ask you a couple of questions:
1) Would you allow unlocked doors when your kids are staying home alone?
2) Would you post a sign in front of your house saying, “Mom and Dad aren’t here now. Welcome, strangers! Come in and talk to our children about whatever you want to.”
Of course not! And yet, many of us do that very thing as we leave our family unprotected against Internet predators.
Hundreds of millions of children surf the web every week. Too often they are unprotected from inappropriate websites, chat rooms, and who knows what.
As a writer, I have the privilege of hearing many amazing stories of how God works in homes and lives. I remember the story of a woman who attended a Weekend to Remember® marriage conference and confidently listened as the speaker shared about the epidemic damage of pornography. She said that she sat smugly in her chair—knowing that pornographic images would never cross her husband’s eyes. After all, she totally trusted him.
But she was wrong and went on to tell of her husband’s confession to an addiction to pornography that began when he was a young boy.
And then there was the mother who totally trusted her teenage children to only look at appropriate sites on the Internet—after all, they were actively involved in their youth group. She knew that she could count on them to do the right thing.
When she woke up to the 21st century, realizing that the Internet has threats for to her own family, she decided to put an Internet filter on the home computer. She was shocked when she ran the initial scan and it revealed that pornographic movies had been downloaded.
What’s a parent or grandparent to do?
Today, there are countless resources for parents and grandparents who want to protect their legacy from unwanted Internet intruders. Here are three of ideas that could protect your children and grandchildren from confessing one day, “I’ve been addicted to pornography since I was 10-years old. It began when I surfed the Internet. My parents never knew about it.”
1) Get an Internet Filter.
2) Educate yourself. Go to www.arkansasag.gov and do a search for “Internet safety.” You’ll find many helpful resources such as a list of signs that your child may be at risk online and the ABCs to safety for young children.
3) Talk with your kids and set clear rules for using the Internet. And talk with the parents of your kids’ friends. After all, the rules that they have for their home computers will affect your children.
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