Thursday Links: ‘Smartphones, tablets, and Christian parenting’ (Russell Moore)

Parents, let me bring you up to speed on some important facts about the online world:

  1. There are naked pictures of women (and men) on the internet. I know, crazy right? But they are there, so there’s no use pretending like they are not.
  2. These naked pictures are easy to find. Any search engine that allows for images (and most do) make it simple: type in a couple of words (even innocent words) and there they are.
  3. (And this is a hard one) Your kids are probably looking at them. Perhaps it was in the past, perhaps it was by accident (that is how most are exposed), perhaps they haven’t yet but are considering it, or perhaps they are already addicted. But they know they are there and they probably know how to access them without you knowing it.
  4. Therefore, you need to sit down and talk with them about this struggle and restrict their use of the internet. They will get mad. They will make comparisons (‘Their parents let them do what they want’). They may not speak to you for a while. But I pray that one day they will see how much you love them and how you took a hard stand for the sake of their purity.

So much has been written on the topic of internet pornography that it can get difficult to read at times, but as parents, we need to be aware as much as possible. My link for today is from Russell Moore’s blog to a post he wrote several days ago. What struck me about this article is his honesty at the beginning. He admits to being thankful for the fact that he grew up before the digital revolution. Why? He writes: “That’s because I know that I would have been swept away in a world of temptation that I could not have handled. And I’m not sure what that would have done to me.” I appreciate his honesty and I agree with him 100%. I know the struggle for my son will be far greater than the one that I faced. We cannot hide from this as parents. So check out the article and make a plan to labor hard for the holiness of the next generation.

You can find the article here:

Technology and Christian Parenting

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