Protecting Kids in a Digital Age is a daunting task, but there is help available for those who want to arm themselves for the battle.
If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much. These words from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis have been emblazoned in my mind in the years since I first read them. As a parent, the worst “bungle” I can imagine is failing to protect my children from a culture that seeks to pull them from God, family, and an eternal perspective.
According to this article by Focus on the Family, some studies find the average age of exposure to pornography is eight. Before the internet, the average age of exposure was typically ages eleven to thirteen, and this was primarily exposure to playboy. Today’s porn is much more graphic, much more prevalent, and much easier for children to access.
Clearly no culture has ever been more difficult in which to parent. In order to parent well in a digital world, staying one step ahead of kids can be a daunting task. The first step for parents is recognizing the need to be aware and informed of what the dangers are and how to respond. The next step is becoming intentional in fighting the battle.
One ministry that is on the front lines of the battle for marriages and families is Undone Redone, and one of their missions is to equip parents to protect kids from the myriad dangers of digital media. They will hold a free seminar on January 23rd that will certainly advantageous to anyone who has a heart to fight this battle.
The event is sponsored by Samford University and Alabama Baptist. Speakers will be Tray and Melody Lovvorn of Undone Redone along with Melea Stephens from Wellspring Christian Clinic. These three have a wealth of valuable information, research, and insight that will help equip us for the battle that we are fighting for the hearts and minds of our kids.
If you do not live close enough to attend this event, contact Tray and Melody via the Undone Redone website. They travel and speak extensively on various topics pertinent to marriage and family. You might consider bringing them to your church, school or organization. You can also avail yourself of the ministry’s online resources and specific studies that can be used personally or in small group settings.
Click here to register for the January 23rd seminar. The event is free, but space is limited. Zane and I hope to see you there! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!