Some parents are crazy! They let their kids do anything. They get to listen to whatever music they’d like. Watch whatever shows or videos they want and play games that have mature language and brutal violence in them. Many parents even let their kids have complete access to pornography. They just allow it! Ugh…it’s preposterous. How could a parent let that happen? It’s very likely that this parent is you.
If your child has a smartphone, tablet, game system, or computer with no parental controls set-up, and no filter settings or accountability software then all of the above mentioned dangers are available to them. Just a tap can put them in an online adult video site. Just one click can link them with people who may not even be who they say they are. Everything you try to protect them from offline you’re giving them full online access to. There are tools available to protect your kids and I want to teach you how to use them.
This fall our ministry, BecauseFamily, is launching Setting Digital Boundaries Living Room Workshops. These small meetings are opportunities for you to reach out to the families in your circle of influence and help them strengthen their online security. As a host, you will simply send Facebook invites, make some snacks, and open up your home for a short teaching. We will share a presentation and distribute resources that will increase your friends’ awareness of available online security tools.
These DIY information workshops are free but full service device set-up options will be available as well. Visit BecauseFamily.org/workshops to learn about hosting a workshop.
Watch the Workshop Video.
Author: Michael Prince
Michael Prince co-authored “What’s in Your Pocket? A parent’s guide to protecting your children online.” with his wife Melinda. They have four kids and live in an RV anywhere in the USA they see the need for an internet safety expert. Michael is leading the conversation in the American Church about family online security. He and Melinda founded BecauseFamily, a ministry that exists to inspire and equip parents to be the first influence in the lives of their children, in 2013. Michael is also a geek and loves Star Wars, Doctor Who, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and strategy board games.