My Little Angel (the Porn Addict)

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By some estimates, there are around 1 billion websites (and the number is constantly growing). Others estimate that somewhere between 4-14% of all websites are pornographic. This means that there are somewhere between 38-140 million inappropriate places for our kids to stumble into. On October 2, 2015, I received this Facebook message from a local parent, who gave me permission to share this:

“Hi, I’m guessing I’m not the first parent to send an email like this. Last night we found out our 15 year old son has been looking at porn on his phone for the last nine months. My initial fury and horror quickly led me to shame that we hadn’t protected him and that I was too arrogant and naive to believe my son would do this. He’s a good kid, kids like him would never do this….Please feel free to share some of my story as an illustration of it CAN be your child. If I didn’t worry about protecting his reputation I would be shouting out to everyone I know to set up the blocks on EVERYTHING! Don’t be fooled into thinking your child could never do it.

During over 10 years working with tweens and teens, I’d say that most of the kids I’ve counseled are “good kids.” They just made a bad choice. And the Internet allows them to make bad choices with blazing speed and ease. Yes, even your kids. 

Every child deserves protection from the dangers lurking on portable, internet-ready devices. A balance between filtering, monitoring and conversation is the goal. For kids in the 4-14 age-range, I highly recommend Mobicip, which has been thoroughly tested as a filtered browser and monitoring tool. I also work with a group that has created age-specific, downloadable internet safety sheets for parents that are based on hundreds of hours of research on what we think works well whether they are in elementary, middle or high school.

If I can help you protect the young eyes in your own home and those of the families you serve, please let me know.  You can contact me at protectyoungeyes@gmail.com.

Image attribution: Randy Faris / Fuse / Thinkstock

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After a 12-year career in business advising with EY, Chris McKenna moved into church ministry. Chris has been with Cornerstone Church for 10 years leading middle school ministry and working as the Director of Generosity. Fueled by a steady stream of parent concerns, Chris created Protect Young Eyes, a website and ministry aimed at protecting kids from the dangers lurking on portable, internet-ready devices. At home, he loves on four energetic kids, an amazing spouse, and he enjoys running while listening to God share wild ideas for his life.

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