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How to Safeguard Your Family Online

By Kayla Sullivan

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Recently I have found myself intrigued by the number of teenagers who have their own smartphone. I have noticed that conversations are no longer taking place at the bus stop, but is being replaced by teens scrolling through their latest hand held device.

In a 2015 study conducted by the Pew Research Center, 73% of teenagers have access to a smartphone. Of those teens, 94% report to go online daily. Facebook is the most frequently used social media site among teenagers, though 71% of teens report using more than one social media outlet.

Many parents provide these devices for convenience or for peace of mind while their teen participates in sports, after school activities, or while hanging out at the mall with their friends. All of that aside, are parents staying alert to the dangers that are lurking on those small screens now that their teen can readily have access to the internet at any time of day?

According to The Youth Pornography Addiction Center, 93% of boys and 62% of girls are exposed to internet pornography before the age of 18. The average age for exposure to internet pornography is 11. Startling as it may seem, 67% of children admit that they clear their internet browser history in an attempt to hide their online activity.

As stated by Dr. Tim Jennings in the Conquer Series,

“Pornography is a problem at any dose, and it doesn’t need to be utilized at any dose. It’s like I wouldn’t tell people: “Well, as long as you’re not addicted to cocaine, cocaine is fine.” No, it’s not!”

As the wife of a former pornography addict, I know how quickly pornography usage can damage oneself and their relationships with others. Now as the mom of three amazing kids, I want to remain proactive as my children move into each new stage of technology. Below are four different family based apps which can help you to protect your children from the dangers found on the internet.

QUSTODIO

Designed for families, there are a few different options available for purchase. There is a free version, which will protect one device and has limited functionality. Purchase plans start at $54.95 per year, and can be used on Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Kindle, and Nook. Some of the features include the ability to monitor time spent on social media, set time limits, view photos that your child has uploaded, and more. If your child has an Android device, Qustodio allows you to review who your child is communicating with, read their text messages, and create a list of blocked contacts — all while providing your child with a panic button.

NET NANNY

The name says it all! This product is designed to filter/block content based on the context of the words used, block pornography, set specific times each day that your child can be online, and mask profanity. Email reports can be sent if a child is trying to view inappropriate content or if they have been contacted by a person who appears to have harmful intentions. Family pricing starts at $59.99 annually, and they offer a 14-day money back guarantee.

CIRCLE WITH DISNEY

One of the newest protective options available, Circle with Disney, protects all of your family and friend’s devices who are connected to your home’s WiFi system. Using this system, you can customize daily time limits, filter content based on age, block ads, set bedtimes, and pause the internet for a specific device, individual, or the entire family. Designed for families with children between the ages of 6 and 16, this system is available for a one time purchase of $99.00. Pair this system with Circle Go for $4.99 per month and extend the protection for your children, even when they are using a 4G LTE network.

SOFTWARE DOESN’T REPLACE PARENTING

While all of these are great resources to use, it is my personal opinion that nothing trumps having the difficult conversations with your child. Talk to them about the dangers of pornography and talking to people online whom they don’t know. Encourage your child to value themselves too much to compromise their integrity and safety by sharing explicit photos of themselves regardless of who is asking. Randomly check your teen’s browsing history on all of the devices that they have access to whether it be their smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop computer, or smart tv.

Whatever you do, don’t fall in to the trap of thinking that it cannot and will not happen to your child!

If you’re not sure how to have the difficult conversation with your child, the Conquer Series may be a great place to start.

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6 Replies to “How to Safeguard Your Family Online”

  1. Beacon  April 13, 2018

    How about no phone at all? Or if the parents’ stated purpose is to keep track of a child’s whereabouts, how about a phone with no internet access? That would show true courage in the face of societal foolishness. Once your child, especially a boy, sees the pornography on his phone, the damage is done. All your talking and warnings are not going to overcome the lure of the images. And then the hiding and deleting of browsing history and finding ways around mom’s preventative efforts begins.

    • Yuri  April 13, 2018

      I’m not a parent, so my opinion isn’t based off of experience, but I don’t think your idea solves the problem in most cases. It only delays it. Using the apps and programs listed above, as a safeguard, teaches how they can use their phones responsibly and with accountability. At some point or another, they will have their own phone. So why not train them now while you can supervise.

      • Beacon  April 13, 2018

        Because once they see the porn, their immature and reactive minds, which lack wisdom and experience, will desire the pleasure that porn seemingly provides and unfortunately, they will be able to hide the viewing for at least a period of time. Accountability software can provide reports and monitoring on internet access phones, but can’t effectively block so far. If you’re curious, there are many websites (including this one) addressing the insidiousness and infiltration of pornography in our culture. Even nonreligious people are aware of it’s pervasiveness. See Fight the New Drug, nofap, parenting dare, integrity restored, 180 ministries, your brain on porn, and so on. Yes, adults will generally purchase phones with internet access, but hopefully, increased maturity and wisdom will result in rejection of porn.

    • Conquer Series  May 23, 2018

      Hi Beacon. As a parent myself, it was a difficult decision to make when the time came that phones became basically a necessity. Creating a sheltered atmosphere can be helpful in the moment, but it is only prolonging the inevitable. Individuals, especially in today’s world, are going to end up being exposed to things that they don’t want to be exposed to. Accountability and filtering/blocking programs are helpful, but nothing trumps actually having open and honest conversations with your children. -Kayla

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