Here is a great infographic on the evolving nature of Internet threats from Internetsafety.com, makers of Safe Eyes Internet parental control software. The parent-o-meter moves from “blissfully unaware” in 1969 to “total freakout” in 2011. The bad news: too many parents are still “blissfully unaware” in 2011. The good news: we don’t have to have be in “total freakout” mode, either.
Pray for your kids and lay your anxieties before God (1 Peter 5:7). Understand the tech threats affecting your kids by continually educating yourself (2 Corinthians 2:11). Resolve to invest the time and effort necessary to put a plan in place (Proverbs 16:3). Engage with your kids, discussing Internet safety and sexual purity as part of an ongoing dialogue (Proverbs 22:6). Internetsafety.com has a helpful Family Internet Safety Gameplan that can help you engage with your kids in an open an honest way.
Be encouraged. You’re not alone. But while there is no excuse for being blissfully unaware, there’s no need to be totally freaked out. What we need is to be totally engaged.
Question: What are some successful ways you’ve engaged with your kids regarding online safety?