|Online Pornography Prevention|
Pornography does not only sexually exploit and abuse our children; it is also responsible for corrupting their minds towards sex. Long before the internet became a household must-have, it was very easy to prevent our children from seeing pornographic material because most of it was obtained only through purchase in stores. Access was difficult during those times. But today, it’s a walk in the park, even for a ten year old.
Protecting our children from pornography these days has become almost impossible. And the guiltiest party is the internet. More accurately, the guiltiest party are the porn producers that continually create massive amounts of smut videos and photos that are constantly uploaded to social media and networking sites as well as published on blogs and other websites. Because there is limited censoring, the kind of stuff our kids get from the web is virtually unlimited. So, access to pornographic material is easy and prevention is hard. But then again, we cannot just give up. There is hope in protecting our children from being consumed by online pornography.
Ways to Protect
1. Have a kind of preview and advanced research on websites that are wholesome, fun, and substantial for your children’s needs. As a parent, you of all people know the kind of stuff your child desires. If he is into music and songs, you can look for websites with the same theme and that’s also interesting for him. Bookmark these sites and then recommend it to your child. One important thing here is that you should not force him to go to those sites. Just make him feel that your intention is to help him find the kind of fun he wants in the web. By forcing, you giving an impression that you are controlling his internet access. If he likes what you are doing, then there are lesser risks of him going to porn sites.
2. A search engine is usually the first thing your child encounters by accessing the web. But the problem is almost all major search engines are prone to pornographic advertising. This means that though your child does not intend to go to a porn site, aggressive porn advertisers will always find a way to redirect them. So what you need to do is research and look out for the search engines that are child-friendly. Use them as the default home page and you’re assured that no pornographic pop ups will appear as soon as your kids surf the web.
3. Have you heard of parental control and internet filters? These are computer programs intended to prevent and filter content that appears in the browser. If internet software suspects that a website contains explicit material, it automatically blocks the site from appearing in the screen. Using these kinds of programs can be of great help especially if you are not always there to monitor your children’s access to the net.
But no matter how specific and detailed we are in terms of providing protection for our children against pornography, there is still no better means than personal monitoring. Through it, you get to talk to your children about the consequences and negative effects of viewing pornographic material.
Furthermore, for Christian parents there is one sure fire way to safeguard your child or teenager against the onslaught of sensuality in the internet and other media. Proverbs 22:6 says “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it” (NLT) Remember that any moral code will ultimately be meaningless and relative without knowing whose authority it is built upon. Teach your children what it says in John 17:1-3, that Jesus has “authority over everyone”. You certainly should do all you can to parent your teen to live an upright and moral life, but all the morality in the world will amount to nothing without Jesus Christ. In all you do, guide them to Him, and then trust that He is able to protect and keep them.