Post Christmas Porn

One of the most popular Christmas gift item for middle school and high school students this Christmas was an iPod Touch. The reason its a popular gift is because its totally awesome. I have one and love it. I can watch Antoine D. on YouTube, connect with my Facebook friends, read with iBooks, post tweets on my Twitter, listen to my 8.1 days of music, and play Angry Birds for hours. I’ve even got a few apps to help me be more productive at work, like “To Do” and “Evernote.” iPods are unbelievable and really do make great gifts for students.

Despite all of the cool apps, the iPod Touch, iPhone, Droid, or other smartphones do come with some danger for your student. It is a mini computer that they can carry around in their pocket. This means they don’t have to use the family computer to surf the web. For most families accountability online comes from the fact that most of the computers in the house are shared. So on this small piece of technology, they have the entire world at their fingertips, literally, with very little accountability.

When I was in middle school, the kid who found his dad’s stash of nudie magazines was a hero. If you had the great honor to be invited over to pour through ‘treasure,’ you had to sneak it to a secure locale. The temptation of lust and porn is the same today as it was in 1993, 1983, and even 1943. But, there are two huge differences. The first is accessibility. And with an iPod Touch or smartphone pornography is drastically more accessible to your student. What limited my exposure to porn as a teen, wasn’t always
my conscience or a since of morality, it was accessibility. It was difficult to get your hands on the stuff.

The second is anonymity. Back in the day, getting found out was a huge deal, but the internet allows anonymous access (or at least perceived anonymous access). It is much harder to walk into a convenience store, look the cashier in the eye, and buy a Playboy than it is to download an app or do a google search. So the basic temptation is the same, and has been the same for hundreds of years, but technology has eliminated some of the barriers to getting to porn which ramps up the level of temptation.

So if you are a concerned parent, what should you do about it? I mean, very few parents want their kids hooked to internet porn. I would recommend you check out X3 Watch. At the most basic level X3 is accountability software that notifies parents or an accountability partner about possible objectionable content being accessed from that computer. I recently starting using X3 and my buddy Lance gets an email if I look at anything sketchy online. The iPod, iPhone, and Droid version replaces the phone’s web browser so that it can track content. It is not as user friendly as Safari or other browsers, but it does the job.

At the more advance level, called SafeEyes, the software can restrict access to certain sites or searches. The best news, basic X3 Watch is free! And SafeEyes is very reasonably priced. You have the options out there to control access and increase accountability by decreasing anonymity.

I’m going to try to state this as clearly as possible, if you have a teenager (boy or girl) who has access to the internet and you aren’t limiting their access or holding them accountable for where they go on the web, you are either naive or unloving. Please understand that this is a serious and wide spread issue. Sexual temptation definitely touches the life of your student and can be extremely destructive. Please don’t let this Christmas season mark the beginning of your student’s struggle with internet porn,but take steps to help them overcome this temptation.

For His Fame,
Brandon

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2 thoughts on “Post Christmas Porn

  1. Brandon, this was perfect. Thank you so much. We are
    getting this protection right now. We have a family friend whos
    wife just found out about her husbands problem with porn on the net
    just a few minutes ago. She was devistated. To see her hurt was
    heartbreaking. Praying for all teens also. For God to protect our
    families and for us as parents to be more aware. Thank you! Debbbie
    and Billy

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