Just how many teens are talking with strangers online, and how many are meeting up with those strangers? In 2006, Cox Communications partnered with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and TV host and children’s advocate John Walsh to better understand teen online behavior, Internet safety, and the role parents play in their children’s use of online media. They conducted a national survey among 1,000 U.S. teenagers ages 13-17. Their report shows that nearly 7 out of 10 teens have received personal messages from people they’ve never met. These teens were asked “When someone whose name you don’t … Continue reading →
When it comes to the subject of teens and children using chat rooms and social networking sites (such as MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and Bebo), there are two prevailing attitudes or philosophies about safety. One school of thought is more cautious about how much information a teen should post about themselves online; the other is less cautious; each school of thought showcases its own Internet safety experts. How much information should a student post on their online profile?
The National Coalition for the Protection of Children & Families has the mission to help Christians to embrace, live out, preserve and advance the truth of biblical sexuality. The National Coalition has been on the forefront of educating about sexual ethics, sexually purity, and recovery from the harmful effects of pornography. iCare, a division of the National Coalition, exists to call Christian women to prayer and action for the protection of our children from sexual exploitation (such as exposure to pornography, online predators, and sex trafficking). I recently had the privilege of writing some articles for iCare: Internet Addiction…Is Your Teen … Continue reading →
Keith Deltano stands before hundreds of high school students mocking the locker-room talk so many guys engage in. Many male teens face the peer pressure to prove their masculinity by sleeping around: “When are you going to be a real man?” Deltano shouts, “You tell that loser: ‘My dog had sex. He didn’t turn into a man.’” The assembly bursts into laughter as Deltano continues, “Come on! Being a man is paying your bills, serving your country when called, paying your taxes, going to a job you don’t like to support a family you love, answering complicated questions like ‘Does … Continue reading →
The human eye acts as a camera for our brain. The images that are projected through its lens are forever scored into our memory, spinning around, cycling through patterns of recall. When you least expect it, the memory, with its vivid imagery, projects an instant replay of the moment captured through the eyes’ lenses. Emotions that are attached to the recollection are evoked as well. If pleasure is what we derived from the image, we want to revisit the sweet surrender to its call. No danger in that. No harm, no foul. Or, is there? Some images are addictive. The moment your eyes … Continue reading →