I’ve had several conversations with parents over the last few weeks about frustrations, concerns, and questions about how to lead and their love their kids well in the digital age.
These parents are caring, loving, and simply want some help in tackling the ever-changing frontier of cell phones, social media, sexting and pornography. See: You Can’t #EndIt and Keep Porn
As a childless pastor I do not yet have personal experience in this area. But that’s no excuse to punt. Just like it’s no excuse to bypass having these tough conversations with your kids. New studies show that the average age of exposure to pornography is now eleven. ELEVEN. That means if you’re waiting to have these conversations until then you’re too late. But even late is better than never.
Even if I had personal experience as a parent, I have no reason to think it would be particularly helpful. Pastors don’t necessarily make great parents. But I would love to pass along a wealth of practical resources from a source I know well and trust tremendously. These are not my work – but they are the first place I would turn for help if I were in many of the situations you find yourself as a parent of a kid with a cell phone, iPod, etc. etc.
The 9 resources from the link below include:
- Trend Alerts: ask.fm and the Bang with Friends app (can’t make this stuff up)
- Parents’ Guides to Internet Pornography, Sexting, & Cyberbullying
- Primers on Electronic Addiction, Social Networking
- Family Digital Covenant of Conduct (If you don’t use this exact one, you need to be using something)
Find these resources and much more at the Center for Parent and Youth Understanding’s Digital Kids Initiative.