Christian Social Networking for Children
When the kids take over the computer and start surfing the web, what
kind of sites are they visiting? Are they safe? Do they reflect the
values that you're trying to instill into your children? Many kids
nowadays are flocking to social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook
and Friendster. These sites have become very popular, and they have
millions of people visiting them everyday. Unfortunately, there are bad
people circulating on the web -- people you want to keep away from your
children. Yet, you can't tell your kids not to visit social networking
sites. Are there safer alternatives? Yes there are.
If you're Christian, and you're trying to raise your kids as Christians
too, you should try and direct them to Christian networking sites.
Many have the same features as Facebook and the others -- blogging,
friends lists, photos and videos as well as a description of who they are
and what their likes and dislikes are. Friends can still find your kids
on these Christian social networking sites, but, because they tend to be
smaller and more obscure, they are much less likely to attract predators
and other evil-doers.
Christian social networking sites tend to have visitors with the same
mind-set and values that you yourself have. Because of this, it is less
likely for there to be arguments over religion and values. Contents are
much more likely to reflect the ideals and beliefs that you have. By having
your children frequent these sites instead of the mainstream social
networking sites, you can help immerse your kids in the values that you
want them to adopt as their own. With them having a source of peers who
are Christian, you can shield them from the peer pressure that might push
your kids into ideas and beliefs that might be dangerous or upsetting.
We all know that growing up is hard -- there are so many influences pushing
and pulling you in so many directions at the same time. With the advent of
the Internet and social networking sites, the number and intensity of these
influences and pressures on our children has grown dramatically. Substituting
social networking sites that reflect your values and beliefs, such as
Christian sites, may make the growing-up process much less difficult for
your child. By doing so, you don't deprive your child any fun -- he or she
is still networking with other children -- yet you shield them from the
bad people and bad influences that are everpresent nowadays.
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