It is incredibly scary to consider that with just one tap of a finger, our children have access to everything good and bad out on the internet.
My son is 12 and my daughter is 10. They both have birthdays in the next two months and I’ll have a teenager and an 11 year old!
About a year ago, I came to the realization that the oversight of my children’s use of their iPads was not sufficient. I could not be peeking over their shoulder every minute of the day, making sure every website they visited was safe.
This past summer I began the book titled Screens and Teens by Kathy Koch, PhD.
“Connectivity has taken on new meanings in our age of digital tools. We need to be hooked up to the Web, linked in with colleagues, and interfacing with other computers. We’re uploading and downloading and storing information in a Cloud! It’s a whole new world of connectivity.”
“Someone posted a photo of people waiting in a store line. Every single person in the line was intently focused on a cell-phone in his or her hand. Teens walking to and from the local high school seem to move slowly and, often, alone. They too are looking down at the cellphone in their hands. Screens are mesmerizing! It’s hard to pull our eyes off them to register what’s going on around us to make eye contact with the living, breathing people near at hand.”
“Like so many things, in small doses, continuous partial attention can be a very functional behavior. However, in large doses, it contributes to a stressful lifestyle, to operating in crisis management mode, and to a compromised ability to reflect, to make decisions, and to think creatively. In a 24/7, always-on world, continuous partial attention used as our dominant attention mode contributes to a feeling of overwhelm, over-stimulation and to a sense of being unfulfilled. We are so accessible, we’re inaccessible. The latest, greatest powerful technologies have contributed to our feeling increasingly powerless.”
And Josh McDowell writes:
Pornography is the number one threat to the cause of Christ, five times greater than anything historically in the last 2,000 years. It’s the greatest threat to young people, the greatest threat to marriage, the greatest threat to family, the greatest threat to pastors, oh, the greatest threat to youth pastors—this pervasive pornography on the Internet. And most people don’t realize. It’s five times greater than anything the church has ever faced in history, and it’s destroying kids right now.
So what do we do?
I don’t have all the answers…but I do have one tool I am using to oversee the use of my children’s internet that I want to share with you because it is DYNAMITE! I LOVE it!
Do you know how it works?
First, you remove Safari from your children’s iPad, iPhone or computer. Then you load the Covenant Eyes app onto their device. Then every time they search the internet it is logged through Covenant Eyes.
Everyday, I get an email with a list of all the websites my children have visited the previous day. Yay!
Each of the websites are rated E for everyone, T for Teen, M for mature and so on. Anywhere they go that is questionable, I am alerted and then I can click the link to see what it is they saw or start a discussion with them about their search.
I love that Covenant Eyes is a way to keep my children accountable without me staring over their shoulder. It has opened great conversations for us and my children know that they cannot search questionable words or I will know about it!
If you do not have something in place to protect your little ones or teens – do not wait any longer. I believe it is the greatest danger our children are facing.
To find out more information about how much it costs monthly and how it works – go to CovenantEyes.com You’ll be glad you did!
Walk with the King,
Do you use Covenant Eyes? How has it worked for you and your family?
If you are not using Covenant Eyes – have you found another great way to oversee your children’s use of the internet? Share it with us!