Internet Safety

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The porn industry generates 13 billion dollars per year in the United States

3 billion of those dollars are generated by Internet porn

  • 9 out of 10 boys were exposed to pornography before the age of 18.
  • 6 out of 10 girls were exposed to pornography before the age of 18.
  • 71% of teens hide online behavior from their parents.
  • 15% of boys and 9% of girls have seen child pornography.
  • 68% of divorce cases involved one party meeting a new lover over the Internet.
  • 56% of divorce cases involved one party having an obsessive interest in pornographic websites.
    (as stated on http://www.covenanteyes.com/pornstats/)

Why am I concerned about Internet safety?  Throughout the Bible God is clearly presented as being holy, and it is out of that holiness that he calls his children to also be holy.  The will of God is often linked with holiness or sanctification, and holiness is often linked to sexual purity.  One passage that demonstrates that fact is 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8, which says “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you.  For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.  Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you” (ESV).  In this article I hope to show you the dangers of the Internet and point out a solution to those dangers, with the goal of achieving the holiness to which we are called.

Based on the statistics listed at the top of this page, it is clear that the Internet has much potential to destroy both individuals and families.  In our culture today children are being exposed to pornography and sexually explicit material at incredibly young ages.  For some additional statistics visit http://www.covenanteyes.com/2010/08/19/teens-and-porn-10-stats-your-need-to-know/. That page states that only 3% of boys and 17% of girls have never viewed pornography on the Internet.  That is quite likely the most disturbing statistic I have ever seen.

What are you doing to protect yourself and your family from the dangers that are so available on the Internet?  Would you hand your children a stack of pornographic magazines?  Would you want to be caught looking at a stack of pornographic magazines?  An unfiltered, unmonitored Internet connection has access to hundreds of millions of pornographic images and videos that are often simply a click or two away.  It is imperative that we are alert to the dangers of the Internet.  The issues at stake are integrity and innocence.  I can no longer claim innocence about the sexually explicit material on the Internet, but I am committed to maintaining my personal integrity on my computer.  I also do not want my computer to be used to destroy the innocence of another person.

According to http://www.covenanteyes.com/porn-help/, psychologist Al Cooper stated three reasons as to why Internet pornography is so alluring.  First, it is accessible.  There are so many pornographic websites that can be accessed so easily.  Second, it is affordable.  Many pornographic websites can be viewed for free, and many people only view free material.  Third, it is anonymous.  Pornography can be viewed in private and there are ways to prevent other people from knowing what you have been viewing.

With those three reasons in mind, pornography can be understood as a three-legged stool.  When one of the legs gets broken, the stool collapses.  There are ways to break one of the “legs” of pornography.  I am an affiliate for Covenant Eyes software, so I would like to introduce you to that program.  Covenant Eyes offers Internet accountability and filtering services.

The accountability program allows a trusted friend to monitor the websites you visit.  Knowing that someone else will be looking at a report of your Internet activity destroys the anonymous factor of Internet pornography.  The filtering program allows you to have more control over the sites that can be viewed on your computer.  One important aspect of the filter is the ability to put certain sites on your block list.  Once blocked, Covenant Eyes will not allow you to access the site, even accidentally.  You can customize the sensitivity level of the filter to meet your specific needs.  The filtering system can help to destroy the accessibility of Internet pornography.  Learn more at http://www.covenanteyes.com/services/?promocode=DY7.

I have been using Covenant Eyes software for four years and have found it to be very helpful.  I have added many sites to my block list, which helps to control what I can view on the Internet.  Having accountability has also been a major help.  Having a trusted partner has helped to reduce temptation (knowing that he will see what I do) and has also helped me respond to failures (giving him the ability to talk to me about issues, even if I would rather not talk).  Depending on your specific needs, you will likely pay $10-15 dollars a month for the Covenant Eyes service.  You may not relish the extra expense, but I have found the program to be positive in my own life and worth the money.  Can you put a price tag on integrity?  If you sign up using the promo code DY7, you get your first 30 days free.  That allows you to give the program a trial run before spending a cent.  If you are ready to get started please visit https://covenanteyes.com/signup/?promocode=DY7.

You can learn more by checking out http://www.covenanteyes.com/?promocode=DY7.  Even if you do not sign up for the program, there are many resources available that can help to educate you about the dangers of the Internet.  Additionally, you can become informed about solid solutions to those dangers.  The Covenant Eyes blog is a steady source of quality information, and there are also a number of free e-books and videos available.  It is the worth the time it takes to become informed and start protecting yourself and your family.

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