What Are Your Children Watching?
I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it. Psalm 101:3
Today over half of all children between the ages of nine and seventeen have Internet cable or satellite television access in their bedrooms. The old image of the family gathered around a single TV set in the living room is almost non-existent. Instead, the kids are off by themselves where they can choose anything they want to see. Indeed, they don’t even have to be in their bedroom because now they can access it all on a hand-held device like an Android tablet or an iPhone. One prominent social researcher put it this way: ‘Almost everything children are seeing is essentially going into their minds in some sort of uncensored or unfiltered way.’ Under the ‘freedom of expression’ rule, the government and the courts permit cable and Internet to peddle explicit sex, violence, nudity and profanity to your children and your grandchildren. Are you concerned? You should be! Why do sheep need a shepherd? For the same reason children need loving and observant parents—wolves! And your ignorance of technology is no defense! Because you weren’t exposed to these evils growing up doesn’t guarantee that your children won’t get hooked on them. Many parents don’t even take the time to know what their children are watching! Don’t be one of them. After his disastrous affair with Bathsheba and the heartache and havoc it brought to his family, David said, ‘…I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set nothing wicked before my eyes…’ (vv. 2-3). Parents, what are your children watching?
Heavenly Father, help me take an active role in seeing that my children are not being influenced by things that shape their mind in a wrong direction, and help me talk with them about why. In Jesus’ Name, Amen