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Effective Parenting - March

March 09, 2018
By Dr. P. Ogborne

Why am I shocked and scared?  I really shouldn’t be, and yet I pen these words with great intent and urgency to parents that allow their children on the internet and social media.  All parents. All children.

Why?

The proliferating evil, that is so easily available, lurks in every keystroke that your child makes.  As well, the naivety of parents that think we have it handled and that “my child is responsible”, concerns me.

We need to think again about some of these preconceived/developed notions.  Unless you monitor every website and app every day, you are losing the battle!

Many of us know the more common areas of concern:  amount of time spent on the internet, chat rooms, or specific programs or apps like Facebook and Instagram. 

With the speed of today’s development and the knowledge that many of our own children know more about what is out there than we even do, there are too many unknowns that are difficult to spot or be aware of.

Here is an example:

Musical.ly – an easily obtainable app. Sounds innocuous enough, lovely in fact, but I implore you to read the following article.  Every word.It is a journey that will shock you, and make you cry out to God for the purity and protection of your child.  I pray it shakes us all to “man our battle stations”.  

https://medium.com/@anastasiabasilcunningham/porn-is-not-the-worst-thing-on-musical-ly-5df07ab842af

This article is just the tip of the iceberg.  Imagine what else is out there lurking in the shadows to wrestle your children’s mind away from truth and purity.  On second thought, don’t imagine - you’ll have nightmares and won’t be able to sleep.  Below, you will find more articles that can help educate you on internet dangers and provide some ideas/insight on how to respond practically. 

Ultimately though, we do need to spend time in prayer, meditate onGod’s Word, and depend on the Almighty Lord to help us raise God-loving and fearing children who have a heart of holiness.

Philippians 4:6

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

 

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safety beyond facebook;12-social media apps every parent should know about

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