Skip to main content

Pornography and Parenting

At the beginning of the summer Stephanie and I began to notice some things in the history of our Netflix and YouTube accounts that concerned us.  Some the videos the kids were watching were inappropriate and could be very damaging to their young minds.  Despite the fact that we have some sexual filters in place we were afraid that the kids had/were about to watch movies and videos that would expose them to pornography and other sexually persuasive images.  Stephanie and I talked about what we should do, and we put a plan in place.

Pornography is a major issue in the world right now.  It is mostly free, can be easily consumed in secret, and readily accessible to just about anyone.  Gone are the days when seeking and viewing pornography was considered gross and perverse; behaviors and images that were once taboo are now a regular part of television and video music award shows.  We're a long way from the days of I Love Lucy and husbands and wives sleeping in separate beds, nowadays everyone sleeps in a bed with whoever they want.

If you are a single person you may only need to deal with your own temptations and exposure to sexually illicit things.  If you are a parent you must not only consider you own sexual purity, but also the purity of your children.  Do you have a plan?

Here's some questions to consider:

- Are you walking in sexual purity yourself?  What kind of an example are you setting with what you watch and look at?
- What kind of safeguards do you have in place for your computer, iPad, smart phone, and television?  Some programs I'd recommend are Covenant Eyes and X3 Watch. Google and other search engines have filters that you can set and password lock also.
- Are you prepared to have open, honest, grace-filled, gospel based conversations with your kids about sex, the Bible, God's ideals and other things like those?  Are you having them when you kids are 5, 6, 7,  and up to 21?  Speak age appropriately but be proactive.  You can't wait for them to come to you.
- Do you have limits on what your kids can watch at other people's homes?  Do your kids know and respect those limits?
- Do you have expectations and rules about your kids friends and who your kids are spending time with?
- How are you monitoring what your kids are watching?  Time limits?  Location limits?  Certain sites restricted?
- Are you praying often, unceasingly for the protection of God over your children?

Those are a few of the things we have done, and you can do, to help prepare your children for the battle of sexual purity.  It is not easy, and it is not a one time thing.  We must be actively engaging our kids often if we are to help them make it through the barrage of sexual perversion that is thrown at them by the world.

What if you find they have already viewed pornography?

This is a helpful article on what to do if your child is looking at pornography.
1 comment

Popular posts from this blog

5 Reasons I Won't Let My Kids Wear Clothes with Skulls on Them

Yesterday I threw out a poll question on my Facebook and Twitter pages.  The poll question asked, "Should Christians wear attire with skulls on it?"  I received some great comments from people with a variety of opinions.  You can read the comments on my timeline from 8/8/13.

My opinion is that Christians should not wear clothes with skulls on them.

I don't have one specific Bible verse that I can use to prove my point.  Jesus never said, "Thou shalt not wear clothes with skulls."  I do however think there are number of conclusions that can be drawn from Scripture that support my opinion.

1.  Jesus does care about the clothes we wear.
I don't believe God's people are free to wear whatever they want.  From the Old Testament all the way through the New Testament you can find Biblical language related to clothes.  There are laws in Leviticus about clothes.  God instructed the OT priests on what to wear don't believe God's people are free to wear wh…

How Stephanie and I Celebrated 15 Years of Marriage

Yesterday Stephanie and I celebrated 15 years of marriage! 
To kick off the festivities, on Wednesday afternoon Stephanie bought a new car from Harry Browns in Faribault. She said good goodbye to the minivan and bought a 2014 Dodge Journey. She picked out a great new vehicle and her dad Ralph channeled his inner New Yorker to haggle us a great price.
We started the day Thursday driving to St. Peter to pick up Isabelle from the "Gustie" Basketball and Leadership camp. She spent 4 days there learning, practicing and having a blast. We celebrated together as a family with some Godfather's Pizza!
After getting back to Northfield I dropped the kids off at some friend's houses so Stephanie and I could be alone together. Having great friends who help with the kids is such a blessing. 
Stephanie had the idea that we should get tattoos together. She didn't have to work hard to convince me! After asking for recommendations on Facebook we decided to check out  Guns and Nee…

Lessons from Mt Everest

It would be great is life was all fun and easy and exciting like glissading down a mountain side.  However life is actually much more like climbing up the mountain.  It is difficult, painful, dangerous and exhilarating all wrapped up into one.
Last Sunday I preached at a church in Northfield and I shared some thoughts about this.  I compared lessons I've learned studying mountain climbing to lessons I've learned living life.  Here are the five things I talked about, along with some accompanying Bible verses.
1. You have to have a goal and you have to work hard towards achieving it, sometimes for a long time ---> Jer 29:10-14  2. You have to expect setbacks (injury, weather, enemies, catastrophe) and roll with them ----> 2 Cor 4:8-10  3. You have to push yourself beyond what you thought possible ----> Phil 4:13  4. In most cases, you need others to help you (guides, logistics, cheerleaders, friends, expedition leader) ----> Heb 10:15   5. You have to acknowledg…