Thoughts on Parental Controls and the Internet

June 12, 2012 at 7:40 am Leave a comment

On Parental Controls and the internet, there is a wide spectrum of views and both of them seem to come out in any online discussion of the topic. The two polars are:

  • control what your child sees
  • do not entice children with “forbidden fruit”, instead, educate and discuss

There has got to be some room between these two polar situations.  I believe in discussing things with my kids, but I am not going to make it freely accessible with no accountability in my home.  This is not a Biblical way to parent.  God did not just educate people in the Old Testament days about idols, He asked them to smash them, to get rid of them completely.  Likewise, God says not just to be wise and responsible with sensuality, but to “flee” from any hint of sexual immorality.  We are to keep homes that are safe places for kids, and the internet makes that almost impossible.  I merit my parents in trying to help keep me innocent where I needed to be.  

One author said wisely, “We, as parents, need to evaluate our children’s environments, both physical and virtual, and provide our children with the tools they need to stay safe while allowing them experience an appropriate amount of life.”

I am searching for ways to help monitor what is going on in my home with the home laptops and kids computers AND ipods that run on our router.  There are several ways to do that, and it’s my responsibility to guide in those areas.  Proverbs 31 says “She diligently looks over the affairs of her household.”  It doesn’t say that she casually sort of gives some overview and them goes on her merry way, having done her job educating.  

One youth said on the same article above that if you limit access to certain websites, you are making them the “forbidden fruit”.  I do not believe this rings of wisdom, though I hear it often in this discussion.  

As parents, we are meant to help provide safe environments for children and youth.  Early exposure to pornography that is linked to higher degrees of problems with it later in life, just as those who drink at earlier ages statistically have more problems later in life, the same goes with drug use.  
If a child is bound and determined to get around healthy parameters, parents have deeper problems than internet use.  If children and youth respect your parenting, they are responding with a heart set toward pleasing God and respecting authority.  I would not recommend giving a child or youth unlimited access to the internet with no supervision in the home.  It’s just not worth the risk.  

  

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