Computers & the Internet
Overall, this position paper gives generally good advice on how to maintain a safe, Internet friendly environment for children to be apart of. Sadly, I believe that the advice given in this article is aimed towards Pentecostal adults as well. The author uses fear mongering to sway the readers from accessing "lewd, pornographic, [and] dangerous" webpages that are ill-defined. I am curious what webpages the author would classify as lewd or dangerous (and I am not going to speculate), but, leaving that aside, I do not see anything inherently immoral or wrong about adults viewing adult pornography. Could somebody please tell me what is so wrong about viewing sexually explicit material (yes, even hardcore pornography)? Also, saying, "Many people have been unwittingly snared into corruption by participating in [chat rooms and e-mails]" is just as idiotic as me saying, "Many people have been unwittingly snared into becoming pedophiles by participating in the Christian religion." Perhaps this is a horrible analogy because of the frequency the clergy practices pederasty, but the point is that just because it has happens once doesn't mean that many e-mail/chat room users will be "snared into corruption". The author is trying to scare the reader from something that just isn't there.
The position paper goes on to list five guidelines to "monitor the access and use of the Internet." I will address each of the five below:
- Placement of the computer
2. Blocking software
Again, good advice for families with children, but bad for adolescents.
3. Shared passwords
4. Log of visited sites
Evaluations of the websites for children view once they are maturing is a bit excessive. I would want my child to feel like he/she is entitled to view whatever interests them, albeit pornography, Christianity, Nazism, civil rights movements, homeopathy, etc. I learn this way and find it to be beneficial. I don't want to make excuses and have parent to child "talks" on topics I am not comfortable in having yet. I may have a conversation with my child about what he/she may find on the Internet, however I would let them make their own decisions on what they want to view. In addition, it is none of my business what my child views. Of course I would always be there to talk to them about whatever they would like, but I won't try to sway them towards anything; even atheism. The beauty about being a skeptic and holding rational beliefs, you aren't afraid of someone doing too much research on the subject. There is a reason why churches encourage their own versions of science classes and restrict children from the information found on the Internet.
Moderately good advice, however I think that my amount of "too much time spent on the Internet" and their amount are radically different.
The last paragraph is a bunch of nonsense. Stop being afraid of "your people" to go out and learn about other points of view. What are you scared of if your church is already the correct path? Shouldn't it be obvious even if your children and you learn about other views? I am worried that there might be kids out there that won't be able to learn about evolution, skepticism, science, critical thinking, and atheism for the sole reason that their family is keeping them insulated from these things. Whether or not they accept them is a different matter, but they should at least be able to learn about them.
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