7 Fears of Parenting a Digital Native

7 Fears of Parenting a Digital Native

Parenting has changed in this digital age! This generation of digital natives* are immersed in many digital technologies. Since most of today’s parents are immigrants to the digital space teaching their children, digital citizenry is a whole new arena of parenting. Hopefully, this article review will help provide some guidance to parents wondering what the technology is doing to their children.

This ticle is a review George, M. J., & Odgers, C. L. (2015). “Seven Fears and the Science of How Mobile Technologies May Be Influencing Adolescents in the Digital Age.” Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10(6), 832-851. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1745691615596788

(All quotes are from this source unless otherwise indicated.)

Fear 1: Use Concerns

Children have been immersed in the digital space with little training on citizenry in that space. “Close to 90% of U.S. adolescents now own or have access to a mobile phone… [and] send and receive an average […]

By |March 20th, 2017|Equipping|0 Comments

5 Things about Porn, Pastors wish their Parishioners knew

5 Things about Porn,  Pastors wish their Parishioners knew

Pastors and Priests may fear to talk to their congregations about pornography for a number of reasons. Some choose not to talk about it in their messages and others talk about it but do so with trepidation. What they would like their members to know about pornography is more than just “it’s bad, so don’t do it!”

PORN is a Catch-22 topic! “If I talk about porn from the pulpit it is NOT an admission that I am struggling with using porn. If I DO NOT talk about porn from the pulpit, it is NOT an admission I am struggling with using porn.” Striking a balance of exposing the right Truths and in the right context on any sin issue is challenging. Pornography comes loaded with assumptions of guilt. With this highly pornified society, it is more likely assumed that everyone is […]

By |March 2nd, 2017|Encouragement, Equipping|0 Comments

Realities for Children

Children’s exposures to porn have never been higher. They are being exposed in a variety of ways: accidentally on the Internet by searches, gaming, or ads, by peers, by perpetrators, and others in their lives. What they are being exposed to is highly violent and very damaging.

It is going to take each of us standing in the gap for these children. We must demand a stop to this freight train of pornography that is devastating their lives with physical, emotional, and relational consequences.

This recent article by the BBC (http://www.bbc.com/news/education-32115162) talks about a study in the UK that demonstrates the high level of interaction and exposures children are getting to porn. From that study Fight the New Drug, an anti-pornography organization posts a very revealing article about the addiction issues and desensitization of children. Fight the New Drug focuses on the brain science aspects of pornography and they have excellent presentations […]

By |February 15th, 2017|Equipping|0 Comments

Modern Day Slavery and the Church revisited

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
Luke 4:18 as Jesus read from Isaiah 61
There are more slaves in the world today than at any other time in history. Trafficking is the fasting growing crime in the world today. Experts estimate in the world estimate about 48.5 million people are in slavery of all types. These are educated guesses based on specific criteria as well as actual findings. They give us a point to start a conversation about human trafficking. We will explore in this article specifically why the Church should be concerned about this global phenomenon.

First, let’s consider one other number.  We need to be most concerned about the growing consumer base that […]

By |February 3rd, 2017|Encouragement, Equipping|0 Comments

Targeted – how porn grooms children

Children are a primary target of pornographers. They are grooming kids for early and life-long consumption habits and are quickly becoming the primary go-to “educational” tool online, instead of parents.

Some of the best work I have found in the U.S. is being done by Kristen A. Jenson and Claudine Gallacher at Protect Young Minds. http://protectyoungminds.org

I’d like to introduce you to Kristen A. Jenson, “author of the best-selling children’s book Good Pictures Bad Pictures, Protect Young Minds™ (PYM) seeks to help parents “porn-proof” their kids before they come across highly addictive and easily accessible internet pornography.”

Claudine Gallacher “serves as the Outreach and Education Consultant for Protect Young Minds™ and served as the writing coach for Good Pictures Bad Pictures. To help inform parents she writes, researches, speaks and specializes in social media marketing.”

Please take some time to read their insightful materials and sign-up for their informational resources. I encourage you to the obtain their book Good Pictures […]

By |January 31st, 2017|Equipping|0 Comments

Advocacy is important!

Human Trafficking Advocacy Day is next Wednesday, January 25th at the Texas State Capitol. You can join me for a brief training at First Baptist Church in Austin at 9 am and then go to the Capitol South steps at 11 am for the advocates rally.

Do you know what to do to advocate with your legislator? Here are some practical suggestions:

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. In conjunction with this, advocates from across Texas are preparing to address their 85th session legislative representatives on the issues pertaining to human trafficking. According to the online Texas Legislature resources, there appears to be 17 bills that have already been introduced. (Search for “Trafficking” http://www.capitol.state.tx.us). This is an opportune time to help our Representatives to understand the concerns of their constituency related to human trafficking and which bills to be most focused on.

Never underestimate the power of one phone call. For […]

By |January 19th, 2017|Equipping|0 Comments

Trafficking Awareness Month

The need for awareness training is on-going. People don’t know what they don’t know! Here are some resources to help you know more and to share with your friends and family the information they need to recognize human trafficking and to take action.

Remember the Human Trafficking HOTLINE is 888-373-7888. If you see something, say something!

Human trafficking is a matter of prayer first and foremost! This week is the the National Weekend of Prayer to End Slavery January 13-15, 2017
http://nwoprayer.org  You can join in and/or plan a gathering of friends to participate with you.

If you are not familiar with ICE’s #humantrafficking initiatives and resources, you can find them here:

Additionally, DHS coordinates several educational options of resources #humantrafficking #awarenessmonth
No Te Engañes – Spanish resources for prevention!
Look for the videos available on the right column


By |January 9th, 2017|Equipping|0 Comments

Grand Theft Auto

Buying Grand Theft Auto for a present?
This very popular “game” has a dark side you may not be aware of.

Popularity of the game:
“Within 24 hours of its release, Grand Theft Auto V generated more than $800 million in worldwide revenue, equating to approximately 11.21 million copies sold for Take Two. The numbers nearly doubled analysts’ expectations for the title.” While it gets rave reviews it is fraught with issues.

Do you know what you will find in this “game” – it teaches the normalization of buying sex, killing sex workers and women, killing police, and violating the law at every turn. YouTube is full of players who have learned and captured their “ways to kill women” as they “play” by themselves or with others via the Internet.

PLEASE PARENTS know what you are putting into the hands of your children. Supposed fun and games that teaches these behaviors is normalizing them […]

By |December 7th, 2016|Equipping|0 Comments

Christmas Tech Gifts

SPECIAL helps for those buying tech for children!

Many children will receive smart phones, IPads, tablets, computers, and gaming consoles for gifts. Each of those devices which has Internet access, photo texting capabilities allow a child to become vulnerable to temptations galore and persistent predators.

You can be proactive in addressing these vulnerabilities in your home by using a filtering, monitoring, and accountability software on your Internet router which covers all the devices.

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There are a number of practical resources for parents in this digital age and for teaching your children how to be safe online. They must learn to be savvy digital consumers and learn to protect themselves as well. Here are a few sites […]

By |November 30th, 2016|Equipping|0 Comments

Human Trafficking and Biblical Discipleship

There is an intersection of Biblical discipleship and the issues of human trafficking. Three passages help to demonstrate this: Luke 10:27, Matthew 28:18-20, and Luke 4:18.

‘Love the Lord your God with all of our heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind;’ and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Luke 10:27)

As disciples of Jesus Christ, The Great Commandment should compel us to respond to the needs of humanity. Often we think that is only for people’s need of a Savior. The value and dignity of all human beings are a part of a Biblical understanding of God’s commandment to love Him and love others.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son […]

By |April 5th, 2016|Encouragement, Equipping|1 Comment