Dealing With the Dark Side of Technology
Sometimes our biggest enemy is ignorance. Many parents are still “immigrants” in this age of technology, whereas their children are born natives into a world where tablets are electronic, not paper, and a smart phone is viewed as an extension of the body. As a result, parents may not always pick up on some of the dangers embedded in this cyber-savvy culture.
Specifically, exposure to pornography is spreading like wildfire through the ranks of our children. Some studies reveal that 90 percent of 8- to 16-year-olds have viewed porn online. Ninety percent.
Denial won’t cut it. “Not my child,” you might insist. “Not in my house.” But statistics say otherwise. Some experts are saying that despite issues like broken homes, divorce, illegal drugs and bullying – internet pornography is the most encompassing issue for children and teens.
One parent began driving his 3rd grader to school – not because there’s no bus service to his house, but because he was concerned at what his son was seeing on the iPhones of the other kids on the bus. His son told him what was going on – but other kids may not.
“Once they realize it’s potentially an issue, parents can be at a loss on how to deal with this,” says lead counselor Matthew Hunt. “Maybe they want to find out if this is an issue, but don’t know how to broach the subject without accusing or perhaps opening Pandora’s box. On something like this – being prepare is key.”
There is help. Counseling on Demand provides expert advice on this issue and others when you need it. Their staff of professional, certified counselors is available on demand from the privacy of your home, office, or even your car. This positive use of technology allows face-to-face sessions which can help clear up murky areas and equip you with a game plan that is suitable for your family.
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