Purity Guide for Your Eyes – Navigating Our Sexually Saturated World

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  • Screen It  Would you like to know more about movies before heading to the theater or renting them? Find Out Exactly What’s in the Movies Your Kids are Watching,  Screen It is  $7.95/month or $47/year
  • Family TV  Family movies that teach family values/character.
  • Family Safe Media Providing parental control solutions for families concerned about the profanity, promiscuity and violence in today’s media and entertainment.
  • Kids In Mind  Provides parents and other adults with objective and complete information about a film’s content so that they can decide, based on their own value system, whether they should watch a movie with or without their kids. Cost $25 /year
  • Spiritual Cinema Circle A monthly DVD club dedicated to bringing you and your loved ones inspiring, heart-felt films.
  • Christian Answers  Reviews and ratings are from a strictly biblical perspective, with emphasis on the Ten Commandments.
  • Plugged In  is a Focus on the Family Reviews current and new movies, television shows, games, videos, and music. Colossians 2:8. “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
  • Common Sense Media Seeking to know the scoop on the latest entertainment and tech so YOU can make informed decisions on what’s right for YOUR child?  As an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, Common Sense Media seeks to provided helpful info. Be sure to check out their SHOCKING FACTS page.
  • Raising Media-Wise Teenagers PDF by Bob Waliszewski

Internet Filter Providers

  • Covenant Eyes Monitors all websites, newsgroups, and most file sharing visited on your computer.  Reports are always stored on our servers so they cannot be erased Pricing starts at $8.99/month for the first Accountability user, with additional services at a greatly discounted price.
  • Bsecure Online (tamper-proof, reporting of usage/history): $49.95
  • Accountable2you: $4.99 / month is software that monitors all computer activity allowing you to be fully accountable to your partner(s). Accountable2You is specifically designed for people who want to be accountable.
  • K9 Web Protection: FREE Internet filter and parental control software for your home Windows or Mac computer. K9 puts YOU in control of the Internet so you can protect your kids.
  • Safe Eyes: software that protects your family from harmful content and other dangers on the internet.  $49.95 or $69.95
  • X3Watch: $7/month records questionable sites and sends to accountability partner.
  • Net Nanny: $39.99  is the #1-rated parental controls software that protects your family from pornography, online predators, cyberbullying, and much more.
  • Safe Kids and Safe Teens-Digital citizenship, online safety & civilityDigital citizenship, online safety & civility
  • PC’s N Dreams Protection against predators, scams, sexual content, etc.$99.95

Wireless Providers

  • Sprint offers a free Parental Controls service to block websites deemed inappropriate for minors.
  • AT&T offers a $4.99/month Smart Limits service to control access to inappropriate content. Or, request all Internet access to be blocked for free by calling 611.
  • Verizon Wireless offers a $4.99/month Usage Controls service to control what content can be accessed from the phone. Or, request all Internet access to be blocked for free by calling *611.

Additional Resources

  • Parent Television Council A non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. what’s happening in the fight to improve entertainment
  • Safe Kids and Safe Teens-Digital citizenship, online safety & civilityDigital citizenship, online safety & civility
  • Parent Further provides insightful information to help parents become wise media consumers.

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Let’s Talk Sex – Purity Guide for Your Eyes – Navigating Our Sexually Saturated World

So many helpful resources. These are just a few from our library.

So many helpful resources. These are just a few from our library.

The last few days I have been busy preparing to give a talk entitled “How to Teach Your Children About Sex.” I have truly enjoyed the process of gathering information, as I know the gravity of sharing accurate and specific information with my daughters and others. Today I’m excited to share this information with a group of women who attend a private school here in Austin.  I am a gatherer and giver of information. The process and preparation has helped me to reevaluate if I am on track with our youngest Cayley.  Thankfulness overwhelms me as I consider the choices my older daughters have made and continue to make in regards to dating, purity, modesty, etc… They both are incredible role models.

Caryn (24) and Courtney (22) both learned about sex when I became pregnant with their sister Cayley who is a decade younger than them. Home education has many benefits, one of which is using teachable moments. As such, I ended up creating my own sex education curriculum using the Miracle of Life DVD, a pregnancy journal with the baby’s weekly development, doctors appointments, and misc. books. Their life lesson concluded in the delivery room at 4am on April 6th 2001 when Cayley made her grand entrance into the world.

Recently I have had several interesting conversations with one of my daughters regarding sex. She ended up thanking me for being open, approachable, and honest in regards to talking to her about sex at an early age. It is sad how many young people are uninformed.

Be sure to sign up on my landing page to receive your copy of the Purity Guide for Your Eyes, Navigating Our Sexually Saturated World.  TVsubscribe I’ve prepared this resource to help others make informed decisions regarding media, gaming, and music choices.  I’ve included internet lingo and shorthand for your benefit.  Plus, since as parents we all desire to protect our children from stumbling across inappropriate sites, I’ve include a list of Internet filter providers and wireless providers.  This is an up to date and comprehensive guide.

Oh! Be Careful little eyes what you see.

Below are a few of the facts I came across on Media Wise Choices

  • More than 80% of popular teen TV shows contain sexual content.
  • 70% of content once considered “R” rated now appears in PG-13 movies.
  • Teens exposed to more sexual content in TV, movies, and music tend to have sex at younger ages and to engage in risky sex.
  • 59 million kids, aged 2-17, regularly play video games. One out of seven shows signs of an addiction. One out of three boys admitted that they feel addicted.
  • Research shows that media violence has not just increased in quantity; it has also become more graphic, sexual, and sadistic.
  • The average child who watches 2 hours of cartoons per day may see more than 10,000 violent acts every year.
  • 55% of teens have a social networking profile on a site like Facebook or MySpace.
  • 64% of online teens say that most of them do things online that they would not want their parents to know about.
  • Over 40% of preteens and teens surveyed said they have encountered nudity and pornography on the Internet.
  • The majority of users of online pornography are 12-17 year old boys.
  • MySpace, a site popular with tweens and teens, reported that it had identified and removed 29,000 convicted sex offenders caught using the site.
  • One in five children will be approached by a sexual predator online.

This is the first of five+ posts to help you navigate through talking to your child(ren) about sex. I will include age specific posts with key topics to present along with recommended resources for each developmental stage.  So come back to visit. Be sure not to miss any by signing up to receive the series in your inbox.  Blessings.