Saturday, June 21, 2014

Porn Under the Matress

Back in the day, if you wanted to look at porn, you had to sneak in a VHS tape or hide a magazine under your mattress.  For most people, you really didn't come across this stuff very often.
When I was an adolescent, I saw a "girly magazine" for the first time.  I wish I hadn't but I did.  My eyes were opened to a depraved world that is very alluring, but
very destructive.

Fast forward to today.  You don't need to smuggle in a magazine or a VHS tape.  Today, you already have these things inside of your house.  They are a click of a button away.

If someone wants to live for Jesus, then they know to stay clear of these things.  But how?  I am writing this to simply say, thank you Jesus for internet blockers that stop this crap from being accessible to our family.  If you don't have protection, I highly recommend it.  It will save your family from much addiction and suffering.

Here are some other tips, besides a filter, to protect your family from this stuff:

1. Do NOT allow people to have computers/internet access in their own closed spaces.
2. We have a remote clicker that can easily turn off internet access during the overnight, or times we don't want the family to have internet access.
3. We limit our family to x amount of internet time.
4. Have open conversations about verse in Scripture that teach about having eyes for ONLY your spouse.  I can give you a list of good ones if you contact me.

I had a dad tell me once that he had allowed his kids to have unlimited access to the internet because they had to defend their own boundaries.  I told him he was nuts!  We need to, as the parents, protect our kids AND teach our kids about good boundaries.  I am thankful for resources that are out there to help us develop good boundaries.

3 cheers for internet protection & good boundaries!!!

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