Protect Your Family on the Internet
We live in a time of great opportunity, with information easily available at our fingertips. There’s so many learning opportunities on the internet, as homeschoolers we’re blessed to have a lot of resources for teaching our children available to us for free on the internet!
But along with this great opportunity comes great danger to our children. One wrong click and they are exposed to things that we definitely don’t want them to see!
“Never before in the history of telecommunications media in the United States has so much indecent (and obscene) material been so easily accessible by so many minors in so many American homes with so few restrictions.” – U.S. Department of Justice 46 *
There are many statistics about the use of pornography by teens; here is one that I found concerning:
In 2012, Tru Research conducted 2,017 online interviews with teens, ages 13-17, and parents of teens:
- 71% of teens have done something to hide what they do online from their parents (this includes clearing browser history, minimizing a browser when in view, deleting inappropriate videos, lying about behavior, using a phone instead of a computer, blocking parents with social media privacy settings, using private browsing, disabling parental controls, or having e-mail or social media accounts unknown to parents).
- 32% of teens admit to intentionally accessing nude or pornographic content online. Of these, 43% do so on a weekly basis. Only 12% of parents knew their teens were accessing pornography. *
We have four children: three sons and one daughter. I was very naive; I thought that because we were homeschooling we were protecting our kids from exposure to pornography. Unfortunately, I was wrong.
In fact, exposure seems to be inevitable in our culture; so many children have access to the internet via cell phones, Ipads, tablets and computers. Even Christian children are inadvertently finding pornography while doing google searches for something else. We need to educate our children about the dangers on the internet because uninformed children in homeschools and private schools are more susceptible to stumbling upon pornography than children who have been informed.
Pornography has serious effects on our children’s brains and repeated exposure can cause social anxiety, depression, low motivation, concentration problems and negative self-perceptions.
So I want to encourage you to talk to your children about the dangers on the internet!
And protect them by setting up a service that will provide your family with internet protection such as Covenant Eyes. They not only provide protection on your computer, but on any cell phones, tablets or IPads you might have as well. Click on the link on the side margin to sign up today and get your first month free!
*From Covenant Eyes 250+ Facts and Stats About Pornography