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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Watching over our children

I was listening to the radio last week, and they were talking about how teens today know and do so much more than their parents are aware of. It was quite alarming to hear what teens are doing today. I wasn't aware of all these things, so I thought that I would pass them along to all who read my blog occasionally. By the way, thanks to all who post!

1. Teens pretend that they're different people when they're on the internet chatting with others. A 12 or 13 year old girl can be 16 or 18, whatever suits her fancy, and she can end up talking with other men who are much older or even sexual predetors.
2. They use live video cams (hooked to their computers) to record their sexual acts and have a new form of "safe sex." A couple of boys they interviewed said that they new some people who did this.
3. They use their cell phones to call phone sex companies, without their parents knowing. They just say they're over 18 and their in. They even do this during school, so all their friends can "enjoy" it too.
4. By the age of 11 or 12, kids have already been well exposed to pornography on the internet. It's "old" to them and they're ready to move on to "new" things.
5. They said that 8 out of 10 shows on TV have sexual content in them. I wonder what the ratio for movies would be? Not to mention all the worldly philosophy and godless thinking that TV and movies impart to the viewers.

I might have forgotten some more of the things that were said, but those were the ones that stood out to me. After I heard this report, I was thinking to myself how hard it is to raise a godly seed in this world. As Christians, we need to beware of what's out there and have good relationships with our children to make it all the harder for the world, the flesh, and the Devil to turn them from Christ. John and I don't let the kids watch movies, unless it's educational (like teaching them about sharks, bears, tornadoes, etc.) They don't watch TV shows; they watch the news with us. We will always have the computer in an area where we can readily see what they're doing. Right now, our computer sits in the family room, right where a lot of traffic is and my eyes can easily see from the kitchen. I don't think they'll need cell phones as teenagers. I had one when I went to college, but it was only for emergencies. We worship God with our children. We homeschool them, so they're not in these anti-God environments. We train them up in the fear and admonition of the Lord. We do and will, Lord willing, raise our children a lot differently than the average person. May God be merciful to us and all those faithful families out there and protect our children and bless our efforts to raise godly seed for His glory.


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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tuesday, August 15, 2006 4:57:00 PM  

  • good post Holly. even though parents cant save their kids, they must do their utmost to lead them to Christ, one part of doing this is teaching them godliness.

    By Blogger tam, at Monday, August 21, 2006 10:20:00 AM  

  • AMEN!
    My parents did basically the same thing for me. No TV, No non-educational movies. And I'm greatful for it.
    It's VERY hard to steer past all this stuff even in a Christian school, and it's kind of just THERE, EVERYWHERE. But I've gotten a good foundation from my parents and it makes me happy to see others doing the same. I hope I'm able to do the same:)
    Thanks for posting:)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Monday, August 28, 2006 4:33:00 PM  

  • That is so encouraging, Leila. We have always thought your parents did a great job with you. We didn't know all that they did, but you have turned out to be quite the respectable young lady. So, this gives me hope. :) I hope school is going well and you're enjoying having your friend there this year. Keep us posted on how you're doing, ok.

    By Blogger Holly, at Monday, August 28, 2006 10:12:00 PM  

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