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Are You Buying Your Kids Porn for Christmas?

Are You Buying Your Kids Porn for Christmas?
Christmas is just around the corner and under many Christmas trees or in the stockings of children there will be a variety of smart phones and tablets that have access to the Internet. Access to the Internet means the potential to access porn or other inappropriate content.

7-inch tablets like the iPad Mini, Kindle Fire, and Nexus 7 are all the rage right now and there are a lot of great choices out there that your kids could be asking, even begging, for you you to buy them this holiday season.  Whatever device you’ve decided to purchased you’ll want to make sure you kids are safe online.  Watching them every second is not feasible so you’ll need a little help along the way.

Author’s note: I’ve done my best to update this article for 2015 and will continue to update it every year as technologies change. Continue Reading →

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Privacy and Accountability Go Hand-in-Hand – The Wired Homeschool

Privacy and accountability go hand-in-hand. Parents have a moral obligation to protect the privacy of their children.

Brad McFadden wrote an excellent article about privacy and accountability in our families. In it, he discusses why privacy is important and how accountability helps to protect a family’s privacy. Here’s and excerpt of that article:

As parents we should be very mindful of our children’s privacy. We should also foster openness within our families. Openness encourages trust, honesty, liberty and acceptance. Secrets are destructive to relationships and an ongoing tolerance of secrets is fertile ground for mistrust, deception and unfaithfulness. Privacy itself, however, is not a negative attribute. As our children get older their sense of privacy develops and grows. As parents we must mold and help them understand their new inner desire for privacy. Just like with all their maturing personal needs and desires it is our responsibility to teach them what is appropriate and what is not. It seems to me there is a growing confusion between privacy, secretiveness, openness and accountability. With the following principles I attempt to bring some distinctive clarity as I examine privacy, its value and its limits.

Read the rest of the article at Grace Junkies.

Besides the moral and philosophical reasons for protecting privacy, there are also practical steps parents can take to protect the privacy of their children. This hand infographic gives some great advice.

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