Satan Is Using Your Motherboard
The Internet is an invaluable resource for an estimated 1.7 billion computer-users around the world. Its applications are virtually limitless—an inconceivable amount of information at the click of mouse, online educational courses and publications, business management or telecommuting, free programs and organizational tools, worldwide communication, online shopping, internet banking, internet radio, etc. Whether it is to stay connected to family across the country or to track a shipment from Timbuktu to your doorstep, you can do it all online. And while this resource is seemingly inexhaustible in its benefits, I believe none of them can atone for the tainted life of a youth.
“…the devil has unleashed the fiery fury of hell upon the family unit.
More than ever, the Christian home is under attack. It seems as if the devil has unleashed the fiery fury of hell upon the family unit. In I Peter 5:8, we read: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” Satan is seeking to destroy your home, and in his arsenal of weapons is that which over a billion of us use everyday—the Internet.
- In a recent report, it was estimated that about 17 million children and teens between 12-17 years of age were on the Internet. This represents about 75% of all the young people in the United States. (missourifamilies.org)
- More than 11 million teens regularly view pornography online. (“Protecting Kids Online,” The Washington Post, 2001)
- Every second, $3,075.64 is being spent on pornography; 28,258 Internet viewers are viewing pornography; and 372 Internet users are typing adult search terms into search engines. Every 39 minutes, a new pornographic video is made in the United States. (Internet Filter Review, 2006)
- 79% of youth unwanted exposure to pornography occurs in the home. (Online Victimization of Youth: Five Years Later, 2006)
- 63% of teens said they know how to hide what they do online from their parents. (mcafee.com)
- 43% have closed or minimized the browser at the sound of a parental step. (mcafee.com)
- 32 % have cleared the browser history when they have finished using the computer. (mcafee.com)
- 16 % have created private e-mail addresses or social networking profiles. (mcafee.com)
- 11 % have unlocked or disabled parental/filtering controls. (mcafee.com)
The Internet is not “bad,” just like television or cell phones aren’t bad. You can be a good or backslidden Christian with or without any modern-day invention. The danger lies in how they are used; and with the Internet, the potential for a world of heartache does not simply “hit too close to home”—it’s already there, just a click away. Parents, you wouldn’t let your teenagers spend the day in a cage of lions, so why let them spend time with something that can ruin their lives? Is having access to the Internet in the home that important? Is it worth the risk?
If you do have Internet access in the home, please consider setting guidelines for your young people:
- ONLY parents should know the password to log on or change settings.
- Place the computer in a public area. Teenagers will be less likely to seek out inappropriate items, and parents will be able to monitor what their children are doing online.
- Set time limits as to how long they can be on the computer/Internet. They do not need to be on the Internet for hours. Remember—idle time is the devil’s workshop! The Internet is one of the biggest time wasters. Get on and then get off.
- Install filtering software on the computer immediately. Although the software is not completely reliable and does not give the assurance that certain images cannot be displayed, it will block a large amount of inappropriate content.
- Never allow your teenagers to be on the Internet without a parent being home. “A child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.” (Proverbs 29:15) Do not give your child the opportunity to make a mistake.
- Keep your teenagers accountable. Ask them who they are e-mailing, visit their e-mail accounts, and ask them what websites they have been to. Why?—for their protection.
- Only use the Internet for a purpose. Never allow teenagers to go online just for the sake of going online. If they do access the Internet, be sure they have a purpose for browsing such as researching for a report, sending an e-mail, checking news and scores, etc.
Without question, using the Internet each day makes life more convenient for most people—following the stock market, checking online traffic or weather reports, making online payments, etc. But we need not ask ourselves whether or not the Internet can be beneficial; the answer to that question is obvious. What we should ask ourselves is, “Is access for my teenager worth the risk?”