Filed in : Filtering, Parental Controls, Parenting in the Digital World, Pornography Concerns

I read an article yesterday that gave the opinions of several mom bloggers on parental controls. It was obvious that many of them didn’t really think they were necessary or considered parental controls to be more for spying on their children or alerting to cyber bullying etc. The harmful and addictive nature of pornography should make it the number one […] Read More

Filed in : Parenting in the Digital World, Pornography Concerns

This letter from Liz Wann passionately expresses the lure and evil of pornography. Where God’s Word exhorts judgement it also reveals His grace. Likewise, Liz beautifully expresses the grace and help we receive from Jesus when we rely on Him. Her letter is published at Desiring God but you can start it below: My Dear Sons, The eye beholds much good and […] Read More

Filed in : Parenting in the Digital World, Pornography Concerns

As if having “The Talk” isn’t difficult enough, now parents also need to talk to their kids about pornography. In fact, talking to them about pornography is nearly as important as setting up protection on the online devices they use. Being forewarned really is forearmed, and it is critical when it comes to helping them have the proper response when they […] Read More

Filed in : Parental Controls, Parenting in the Digital World

The truth is most parents do not begin using parental controls soon enough. They incorrectly think that their kids are too young to need them. First, let me say that parental controls in this context simply means taking steps to make sure that your child does not come into contact with undesirable or harmful content while using a computer or […] Read More

Filed in : Apps, Device Monitoring, Parenting in the Digital World, Sexting

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has included the Snapchat app in this year’s Dirty Dozen list, and rightly so. They also have an outstanding page (also below) detailing the dangers and concerns with Snapchat that cause it to make the list — be sure to click on “More Explanation About Why Snapchat is on the List”. Snapchat can be used in […] Read More

Filed in : Parenting in the Digital World, Pornography Concerns

The following letter probably speaks for many moms who are concerned about their sons growing up in an era when pornography is so prevalent and seemingly accepted. I first saw part of the letter on the For Every Mom (@4evrymom) blog, but the original post comes from Amusing Maralee (@amusingmaralee).  I want  to include this letter here so it can be […] Read More

Filed in : Parental Controls, Parenting in the Digital World

As owner and operator of The Computer Monkey, LLC, one of the many IT services I provide is to install and set up software applications.  Even before I started Sensible Cyber Parenting, I would install parental controls for families and that request has dramatically increased because of SCP. The goal of Sensible Cyber Parenting is to empower parents so that […] Read More

Filed in : Parenting in the Digital World, Pornography Concerns

Most of the time teaching kids about sexuality is referred to as “The Talk”, but hopefully in your home it is a series of age-appropriate discussions from childhood to adolescence. In considering this post, I reminded myself that this blog is about protecting kids online not really parenting in general. However, a healthy understanding of God’s gift of sexuality can […] Read More

Filed in : Parenting in the Digital World, Pornography Concerns

There is an expression that has recently become a part of our vernacular that I like — “I can’t unsee that!” If it were around then, I imagine it would have been used in this classic Seinfeld episode where Elaine starts off the dancing at a wedding reception.  I can just hear George saying “I can’t unsee that” instead of […] Read More

Filed in : Parental Controls, Parenting in the Digital World

The article below from the Family Online Safety Institute by Thomas Dodson had to be linked to on the #ParentsNeedToKnow blog.  Simply retweeting it wasn’t enough.  It is entitled “Parents Just Don’t Understand“, but it is obvious from the survey results noted in the article that parents just don’t do a lot when it comes to their kids online lives. […] Read More