In the world in which we live, parents must engage in the battle for their children’s hearts, minds, and attention. There is too much at stake to assume that they will “be okay.” Ministering to students, whether that be as a parent or a pastor, is a full contact sport. We must engage. We must to go war. We must not sit idle by and watch our children’s lives unfold.
The linked article gives good practical recommendations on how to put a wall around your child’s internet access. Something that must be considered when raising teenagers, especially boys. It is a follow-up to a previous article written by the same author that I highlighted earlier this week.
4 Ways to Protect your Kids Online
By: Brian Howard
A few months back I wrote a post entitled, A New Way to Keep Pornography Out of Your Home, where I reviewed a Router from Pandora’s Hope. The post was quite popular and continues to be read daily. Since writing the post I have become increasingly aware of the range of ways that are available to help protect families from pornography. I recently read an excellent article on Yahoo’s new technology site that motivated me to do more research into this area. The post, entitled 3 easy ways to protect your kids online, reviews some excellent tools to help families stay proactive with the Internet. Here are the 3, my take, and a link to the Pandora’s Hope router as well.
1. Norton Family Online
Norton Family Online allows you to monitor every site that your kids visit, see everything that they search for, and track their activity across social media. Norton offers a a free version and a paid version. The paid version ($50 per year) adds instant message monitoring, video monitoring, and also monitors mobile devices. On the surface it looks fantastic. Reviews say that the software is buggy at times but it definitely is worth a look.
Move the computer to the living room.
Download covenant eyes.
Gain access to all of your students password protected sites.
All valid ways to help keep pornography out of your home but all are also limited. No one technique is going to be able to provide perfect protection for your students. That doesn’t mean you stop trying, but it means you take a multifaceted attack. This article is a new tactic in the war again porn. One that I think is worth adding to your arsenal.
A New Way to keep Pornography out of your Home
By Brian Howard
Like many of you, I am intensely concerned to keep all forms of pornography out of my home. Over the years, I have repeatedly witnessed the destructive force of pornography in the lives of men, marriages, kids, and the victims of sex industries.
We have four kids that range in age from 8 years old to 14 years old. Between the 6 of us, we have a dozen different devices connected to the web in our home. For years we have used software filters or accountability software to screen out porn. When we recently learned about a new device that promises to keep Internet Porn out of our house, we were excited to give it a try. The device is a router manufactured by Pandora’s Hope. The company promises that it’s router is easy to set up, works on computers and mobile devices, stops pornography at the “Gateway”, and causes no noticeable loss of browser speed. Today, I plugged in my new Pandora’s Hope Router for the first time. Here is my review:
The Pandora’s Hope router was a breeze to set up. I plugged it in to my cable modem and one minute later, the lights on the front turned green indicating that it was ready to go. Next, I went to wi-fi on my computer and clicked on the wi-fi network called “Pandora’s Hope Wizard.” It took about 2 minutes after this to configure a username and password and setup was complete. The final step was clicking on the wi-fi Network “Pandora’s Hope”, entering my password, and boom goes the dynamite, I was set up in less than 5 minutes. Setup Grade: A