Can You Hear Me Now (Internet)
by Rev. Jimmy Vaughn
The internet is a
wonderful thing, I am amazed every day just how much you can do and find
on the web. But I am equally amazed at just how close the types of information
I do not want is as well. It is a “surf by surf’ effort to
guard our families from the most damaging content available. Your children
are likely more net savvy than you, and yet we are called to guard and
There are some practical steps to save guarding your child while they
surf the web.
- Establish clear
rules on the use of the web. This can include when the net can be accessed,
the length of time to be spent, and what sites are acceptable. Remember
that the internet is not a “right” owed, it is a privilege,
one you, the parent, are providing.
- Place the computer
in a room where it and the user can be seen. There is a real danger
for children and parents alike when there is not accountability. Being
in the family room does not mean that you have to stand on top of them.
But having the potential of someone looking may help in making a better
- Use one of the
many software packages to help limit the exposure to questionable web
sites and materials. One that I use that is free and easy to use is
designed to give accountability when it comes to pornography on the
internet. It is produced by the XXX Church and can be downloaded at
X3watch.com. You must take the time, effort, and pay the cost to make
your family’s computer as safe as possible.
- Parents should
have access to all of their children’s online accounts such as
MySpace, Facebook, and so on. You should have the passwords so that
that you can sign in and see what your child’s space contains,
and what others are sharing with them. Yes, this will be met with resistance,
but accountability usually is and if they are doing nothing wrong, there
will be nothing to fear. Another way to keep connected is to establish
your own pages and have your children as friends. This will give you
accountability and also help you stay in touch in some small part to
the culture that is so prevalent in your child’s life.
In closing, I would like you to know that these simple steps are the very
ones I have used with my children. It is not always easy to be a parent,
and our children do not always understand or appreciate our decisions.
But you only get to raise your children one time, so do everything possible
to guard them and guide them in this ever changing world we live in.
Rev. Jimmy Vaughn is pastor of Authentic Life Fellowship
Drug Free Greenville
4207 Wesley Street
Greenville, Texas 75401
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