Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer in the US. This yearly event has been going on since 1952 when, after a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, the U.S. government declared an annual, national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. The coordinators of the National Day of Prayer 2008 are asking U.S. citizens to commit to praying for their country in seven specific areas this year: government, military, media, business, education, church and family. Seven points of prayer … Continue reading →
Are you a parent with questions and concerns about Internet safety? Parents in the US have a toll-free number to call with questions about topics about the virtual world, such as social networking, chat, IM, blogging, cellphone texting, etc. This is a bilingual hotline—English and Spanish—and is sponsored by the Qwest Foundation and operated by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). This free service started in February 2007 as a Web site where parents, guardians, children, teens, educators, and law enforcement could type questions into a form and hear back from NCMEC experts within one business day … Continue reading →
Recently, a Covenant Eyes member told me a story that has been repeated quite a few times over the years.It is a story of a father and a son. The father (“Max”) and his 14-year old son (“Jeremy”) had drifted apart emotionally since Jeremy entered Junior High School. But they have Covenant Eyes’ Accountability on their computer. Max emailed me, a little angry, because there was a highly rated site on Jeremy’s Accountability Log, and Jeremy denied ever going to the site. The name of the URL was so bad, I can’t even write it here. Max wanted to know … Continue reading →
The social networking phenomenon is accelerating at record speeds and isn’t likely to slow down any time soon. Research shows that 9-to-17-year-olds report spending almost as much time using social networking services like MySpace, Facebook, and other web sites as they spend watching television. Among teens, that amounts to about 9 hours a week on social networking activities, compared to about 10 hours a week watching TV. So how is online socializing affecting the social habits of young people today?
Curious about privacy on social networking sites? Will society be more forgiving of the “digital footprints” young people leave online? Does “privacy” mean anything when someone has a friend list numbering in the 100s? Robert Siegel of NPR interviews Mary Madden, a senior researcher with the Pew Internet and American Life Project, about these and other online privacy issues facing teens today.