“Who is this person?”
“I don’t know.”
“You mean you have been talking repeatedly to a person you don’t know?”
“Well, it has to be someone from school.”
“Well, because they knew stuff about me.”
This is the conversation that happened after my husband discovered an online conversation our oldest child was having with an unidentified person that he believed he knew.
We were able to trace the user to Orlando, Florida. We live in Chillicothe, Ohio.
“Getting on line is like opening a door and walking out onto Time Square from your bedroom,” I explained.
He still wasn’t sold.
So I googled his name.
The first entry was the honor roll list from his school as appeared in the local newspaper. The name of his school, his grade and the names of other classmates were all public information and only a click away. That amount of information is sufficient to convince a child that you know him.
“How to kiss” and “kissing boys” that was what I found in the search history of my daughter who received her first laptop a few days earlier for Christmas. When I asked her about it she wept and said, “I don’t know what I was thinking. I know it is wrong.”
“I am very tempted to watch things I shouldn’t tonight. Praying and turning things off.”
I received this text from my 40 year-old husband a couple weeks ago when I was out of town.
“Woman in nature” that’s what I typed a couple days ago to get an image for my blog.
With safe search in place, several pictures were of topless women.
The truth is the internet is a dangerous place physically and spiritually for kids and adults. It is the world wide web. It is a global gathering place for friends and family and pedophiles and pornographers.
Another truth is that even with all the safe guarding of the heart and all the boundaries we put in place as a family, we still get burned by the internet fire.
This week I found something called, X3Watch (click it!)
This is a tool in the belt we can’t afford not to use.
Why does it matter?
It matters because Jesus says:
What we see affects our soul.
So if your eye–even your good eye–causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. Mt. 5:29
What goes in our mind affects our actions.
For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. Mt. 15:19
How we protect our kids matters a lot.
But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea. Mt. 18:6
Check this out if you want to know more.