Thinking Out Loud

January 12, 2009

Did You Get Your Kids Porn For Christmas?

Filed under: Christian, parenting — Tags: , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 9:44 pm

Catchy title, eh?   But I didn’t think of it.   This was posted a few days ago at XXXChurch.Com and rather than just link to it, I’m reproducing it in full here because I think it’s important…

I bet you never thought to ask yourself, “Did I get my kids porn for Christmas?”. I’m pretty sure you didn’t wrap up a stack of Playboy magazines and put them under the tree or put porn DVD’s in your kids stockings. Or did you?

Sometimes we don’t think or don’t know about the unintended consequences of the gifts we give our kids. For instance, did you get any of your kids a new cell phone for Christmas? Does the cell phone have Internet access? If so, you gave your kids porn for Christmas. Did you get any of your kids the iPod Touch for Christmas? If so, you gave them porn for Christmas. Did you get your kids a new computer for Christmas? If you didn’t buy a filter to go along with it, you gave them porn for Christmas. Why did I pick Cell Phones, the iPod Touch and Computers? They’re popular gifts and can crack the door open to the world of porn.

LG Cell PhoneCell Phones: Most cell phones have Internet access and filtering porn on cell phones is a real challenge. Some cell phone carrier’s, like AT&T or Verizon, have parental controls available but you may have to pay extra (AT&T charges $4.99/m per line) for the service and each cell phone may have a different way to implement the filtering. So grab your kids Christmas cell phone, call your carrier and find out how to block porn and other inappropriate websites on their phone.
iPod Touch
iPod Touch: The iPod Touch has parental controls but it’s pretty much having Internet access turned on or turned off. So grab your kids’ iPod Touch, access the Parental Controls and turn off the Internet. There is a company, SafeEyes, that’s coming out with Internet filtering for the iPod Touch and the iPhone. So when that comes out get it so your kids can safely surf the web on those devices. For more information about this mobile Internet filtering software from SafeEyes follow this link: www.safeeyes.com/iphonedemo.


LapTopComputers: Without Internet filtering software on your kids PC they can access a ton of porn and other inappropriate content. And if you got them a laptop they can access that type of content just about anywhere. So grab you kids PC and load up an Internet filter from SafeEyes by clicking here. Then go download X3 Watch from XXXChurch for extra protection. It’s not a filter but will tell you, via email, if your kids are going to inappropriate websites (click here).

Now that you have a little more information ask yourself, “Did I get my kids porn for Christmas?” If so, now you know what to do to make your Christmas gifts porn free.

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While we’re on this topic, this is a good time to remind you that if you’re a woman who is concerned about the online activity of a husband, father, son, brother or boyfriend (or neighbor, co-worker, or fellow-student) my book The Pornography Effect is available for free online reading.   It appears on a WordPress blog like this one, the first page contains the introductory sections and chapters 1-6 and the “older posts” tab at the bottom of the page gets you chapters 7-15.   Use the link in the blogroll or simply link here to

ThePornographyEffect.wordpress.com

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4 Comments »

  1. Great post! I think more adults need to model accountability for their children, not just use monitoring software to spy on them. Children and their parents need to maintain an honest level of communication about what is being seen online. Only when it is modeled for them will they begin to live it for themselves.

    Comment by Luke Gilkerson — January 13, 2009 @ 11:29 am

  2. hey I see that you are looking for a good porn blocker this link can help you a lot http://www.tinyurl.com/84vptk7

    Comment by greg — February 16, 2012 @ 1:21 am

    • Honestly, I was all set to delete this comment; but curiosity got the better of me and I clicked the link. If this product is all it says it is, this could be exactly what some people are looking for. We might feature it here in a future post.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — February 16, 2012 @ 11:04 am

  3. McGruff SafeGuard (remember: Take A Bite Out of Crime) released a Child Safe Browser app for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch that is a look-alike for Safari, but provides a parent with full control of the categories of websites that can be visited.
    It also provides a summary of activity to the parent via email.

    Check out http://www.GoMcGruff.com/browser

    and http://www.GoMcGruff.com/BrowserVideo

    Comment by McGruff SafeGuard — March 17, 2012 @ 2:21 pm


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