Can You Hear Me Now (Cell Phones)
by Rev. Jimmy Vaughn
Cell phones have
become a vital part of our lives. Never before have we had the opportunity
to “stay in touch” any where at any time of the day or night.
While this is a great convenience, we must understand as parents that
there is a real danger connected with cell phones.
In days gone by our
children’s phone use could be monitored due to the fact that the
only phone available was the home phone. You could know when, how often,
and most of the time who was calling your child. Those were easier times
to say the least, none the less, we as parents must maintain a level of
accountability to insure they are not making poor choices when it come
to using their cell phones.
The first way to
“stay connected” is to simply ask for your child’s phone
and scroll through their text messages and other stored information to
see just what is being said and what types of photos are being share with
and by your child. You and I both know this will be met with opposition,
but you are the parent, you are the one paying the bill, and having a
cell phone is not guaranteed under the constitution, it is not a right
it’s a privilege, one which you are providing them.
The real key here
is to establish clear guidelines with your child as to what is expected
from them. Also create clear and reasonably punishments for them if they
should chose to cross a line. Then establish the fact that you reserve
the right to ask to see their phone at anytime, and that you will trust
them until they give you a reason to no longer trust them.
A second way to “stay
connected” is to pay attention to your cell phone statements. This
is a document list of both calls and texts along with the dates, times,
and numbers accessed. If the rule in your house is no calls after 10 p.m.
you can simply look at your child’s phone number records to verify
they are acting in a trust worthy manner.
Parents please remember
that we are given the opportunity to love and train up our kids just once.
And while sometimes being a parent is not easy or appreciated, it is our
jobs to help protect them from those who would do them harm or lead them
into poor decision making as well as protect them form simply being young
and naive. I am reminded of a saying that was made famous during the cold
war, “trust but verify”.
In closing, be honest
with yourself, being a child today is nothing like it was when you grew
up. Yes, the opportunities and technology is amazing, but the perils are
equally as dangerous and numerous.
Rev. Jimmy Vaughn is Pastor of Authentic Life Fellowship
Drug Free Greenville
4207 Wesley Street
Greenville, Texas 75401
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