This topic is adapted from the PursueGOD Couples YouTube channel.
Parents, we need to wake up and realize that there are dangers lurking on our kids’ phones. We have to realize that phones are used far beyond just making contact with friends and family. Phones with internet capabilities have opened a whole new world to our kids. As parents, we need to educate our kids on how to be responsible online and we need to be aware of what our kids are doing on their phones. Here are some important things to consider and some helpful tools to employ with your kids.
There Are Some Scary Statistics That Should Encourage Us to Get in the Game
Parents, the numbers don’t lie and we need to take action.
- The largest group consuming pornography online is between the ages of 12-17. Pornography is no longer an adult issue. Porn has now infiltrated the ranks of our preteens and teens. If they haven’t yet, your kids will be exposed to porn whether on their own or through friends showing them something.
- 70% of kids stumble upon porn while working on homework or while doing research for a project. Google is great for finding answers to any question. But googling can also be dangerous as it may pull up images or sites that your kids shouldn’t be viewing.
- Only 15% of parents are paying attention to what their kids are doing on their phones or online. That means 85% of parents have no idea what their kids are doing or viewing.
Some Practical Things You Can Do as Parents to Protect Your Kids
- Don’t let your kids have their phones in their room at night.
- Check their search history weekly.
- Have conversations with your kids about:
- Social media and how they present themselves online
- Tell them the dangers of talking to strangers or giving away personal information online.
- Talk about what their friends are doing online
Parents, there are real dangers out there in the world and we need to coach our kids to know how to handle themselves online. Don’t make the mistake of giving your kids a phone and then leave them do whatever they want with them. Teach them the dangers and coach them to do the right things online.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- On a scale from 1-10, how engaged are you with what your kids are doing online? Explain.
- Do the statistics provided in the video shock you? Explain.
- What are some of the consequences for kids who start viewing porn at a young age?
- In your opinion, why do you think most parents aren’t aware of what their kids are doing with their phones?
- What are some other practical tips you would suggest for parents who want to protect their kids from the dangers found on their phones?
- Read Proverbs 22:6. What can you start doing to train or coach your kids to know how to conduct themselves online?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.