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How kids fool their parents on social networks

Last Updated: April 18, 2015

Sam Black
Sam Black

Sam Black is the author of The Healing Church: What Churches Get Wrong About Pornography and How to Fix It and The Porn Circuit: Understand Your Brain and Break Porn Habits. The director of recovery education, Sam joined the Covenant Eyes team in 2007 after 18 years as a journalist. He has edited 16 books on the impact of pornography and speaks at parent, men’s, and leaders' events. Sam is passionate about helping Christians live free from pornography because he knows you keep what you give away. He walks his own grace-filled journey with the support of valued allies.

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Forty years ago, in the moments before the late-night news came on the air, television stations began running a public service announcement: “It’s 11 o’clock. Do you know where your children are?”

Perhaps the TV stations should now add a twist: “Do you know what your kids are doing online?”

Many parents think they do already know what their children are up to on the Internet. After all, they’ve “friended” their kids on Facebook, where kids share everything — right?

Not quite, said Sam Black, marketing manager of Covenant Eyes, a Michigan company that sells Web filters and online trackers to the Christian market.

Black pointed out that social media networks have blocking features that allow the user to control what others can see about him or her.

In other words, your teenager may be happy to let you see the link to a cute kitten video, but chances are he or she will block you from pictures of last week’s party.

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