Parents who grew up with the internet know a thing or two about parenting and protecting their kiddos in the internet generation.
These parents have a real advantage when it comes to understanding the digitally-invasive culture our children are growing up in. They knew it as the norm long enough in their own youth to have a good understanding of what it means for themselves as parents.
For my husband and myself, being in the 35+ category, we remember a childhood free of internet suffocation. A childhood full of bike-riding, playing until dark with the neighbors, and using encyclopedia’s to look something up for school.
Now, however, once a child can read and sees something on a magazine cover, or billboard that they are unfamiliar with, they can easily search for the meaning of words online, or even “ask Siri.”
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We are so mean at our house.
We don’t have TV’s in bedrooms. Our children don’t have internet access. I heavily monitor the music they listen to, the programs they watch, the books they read, the company they keep and anything else that impacts their hearts. I have a laptop that is restricted so no one other than myself can access it. Aside from that we have a couple of Kindle’s for the kids to read books on.
You’d think we were pretty-well protected from the ugliness that internet access has to offer up right into your lap.
However, procrastination or a mis-judgement in time can cost you dearly.
Internet filters were a no-brainer for our family. We knew that it would absolutely be a service we would implement once our children became old enough for it to be a concern. Only problem is, waiting until they are old enough for it to be a concern is waiting too long! Don’t wait, address this now! One day you will wake up with a pre-teen in your house and be SO glad you did! go here to protect your kids
Our kids don’t really want to go looking for trouble.
Most of the time, when a child stumbles upon something inappropriate online, it was an accident. Trouble is out looking for our kids. It is all too easy for one wrong click, made by mistake, to show our children something that can’t be unseen.
I know what you’re thinking… but, my kids are in the small percentage that make it through. They won’t be part of the statistic. The one that shows 90% of boys and 70% of girls, age 13-14 have accessed “stuff” online. Ya, I understand that thought process.
I get it.
Old cell phones act as tiny computers even after you’ve stopped using them. Most (probably all?) reading devices have internet access. Xbox has internet access. Smart tv’s have internet access (think youtube, netlfix, hulu), ipads, home desktops, laptops, even a hand-held gaming system has internet capabilities! For crying out loud, it’s impossible to escape.
I’ve told my family time and again, I could easily go “off the grid,” make a burn pile out of the tv’s, cell phones and other electronic devices and be a total reclusive. OK, it probably wouldn’t be THAT easy, but I could seriously go without most all of it. But, we all know that technology isn’t going away and it can be super beneficial when it is rigidly controlled.
So, how do we control it?
That answer will vary from family to family. However, one of the most crucial measures you can take to safe guard your sweet babies from the nasty that wants to invade your home is to have internet accountability and filtering!
We have used Covenant Eyes to filter the internet access in our home for about six months now and all I can say is that I wish, with all the heaviness of my heart, that we’d had them in place long before then. I feel confident and comfortable recommending them to you. We have been pleased.
One of my favorite things about this company is all the FREE information they offer. Not only are their rates quite reasonable, they want to educate you! You can read this free ebooks on protecting our families. I have read some of them and am grateful for the information.
We talk a lot about intentional parenting. A topic like this is simply the perfect time to point out that doing something such as this, on purpose, being proactive, and acting ahead of time, is worth every penny and every effort to breath a sigh of relief, knowing that you are doing a good thing, for your kids!