Sunday, July 24, 2011

Technology and my child.

With the ever expanding technology we have at our fingertips, it is no doubt that things will be even better in about 10 years when my daughter will be at the age to beg for all that expensive stuff, and I will at the age of having gray hair worrying about her using said techy gadgets.

We must remember that the internet is not a bad thing, but there are certainly bad things to be found on it. From the millions of pornographic sites, to sites that make fun of people, and right down to the disgusting and deplorable website of Ashley Madison that profits off of people committing adultery.

It is our duty to teach our children about responsible internet usage, and to filter what they see. It's bad enough that they will hear foul language and see questionable things from their friends at school. We can't control that, but we CAN control what is seen in our own home.

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it- Proverbs 22:6

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Deuteronomy 4:9

My daughter is only 4 right now, but I fully intend on instilling these morals into her. There will be no cell phone or fancy things until she needs them. I don't think it's cute, or even necessary to see a 6-year-old with a cell phone. I didn't even have a cell phone until I was 16. Of course, they hadn't even been around that long at that point in time, but I got along just fine without one. If that makes me a strict mom, then so be it. I want to protect my daughter from making the same mistakes I did as a teenager without God in my life.

The hubby and I haven't went as far to discuss computer usage, but I'm thinking it will only be used in a common area (no computer in the bedroom), and I'm sure he would agree with me on that matter. We are old-fashioned like that.

I can only do my best to teach my daughter the dangers of the internet, and hope and pray that she listens. That's really all any of us can do.

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