Apps and websites Dark Uncharted Waters
I have to admit to myself and my readers I thought an IPhone was safer for a teen to have in their possession than a computer in their room. We even had (smartlimits ) through AT&T: what a laugh!
Boy, did I mess up with that conclusion!
I would make them keep their laptop in the living-room, but I trusted them daily with a handheld computer. I see my logic made no sense.
We as parents have to change our mindsets and realize our kids are carrying a handheld computer in their hands. If they own a smartphone of any type, you have equipped them for success or big failure.
When most psychologists agree that a child doesn’t reach full brain development until the age of eighteen. Some even agree that a child shouldn’t be judged on criminal behavior because of their adolescent age.
But yet as parents we consider our children the perfect carbon copy of us. And for those parents like us that have adopted children that were in foster care at some point in their lives went through trauma. When they went through the trauma their minds went into escape mode. It froze in time. They’re education shipwrecked. Some of these kids are educationally challenged because of the day to day abuse that they endured. For these parents I recommend surveillance of your adopted child’s phone. (TeenSafe.com)
If you can’t trust their unlimited boundaries, you can’t trust them with a smartphone that’s constantly and continually advancing with new apps to take them into new uncharted waters.
When a kid sees an app that their friends have they think immediately it’s the coolest app in the world and they have to have it too. But what if that app takes them secretly into dark crowded smoke filled chatrooms where their eyes see and their ears hear all the things that you spent your life trying to protect them from.
And you see your child opening up to a complete stranger telling them every sordid detail of their life, including where you live.
That sounds pretty scary! But according to OSBI and the FBI and The Center for Missing and Exploited Children it happens every day.
Pimps no longer have to station themselves at the bus stations. Why travel when you get all the information of troubled teens sharing their life story. Human Trafficking, Sex Slaves is the biggest industry in the world. And they’re recruiting daily with the numbers of missing children staggering. Not to mention ISIS that uses the internet to recruit.
If we’re trying to be kingdom builders, we have to start at home by listening and monitoring our children’s computers and apps. If we don’t we are going to have a mess of children lost in dark uncharted waters.
After all, our tweens and teens have to be just as confused as us as to which app will really work for them.