1995—that's almost 25 years ago, and those statistics don't include the social media giants we know all too well of today.
In light of these shocking statistics, the Christian family must guard even more today against this subtle enemy that has creeped into our homes—media entertainment—and the ramifications it can have on the way our children think and act.
The Apostle Paul warned of such dangers in 1 Corinthians 15:33,
"Do not be deceived: 'Bad company ruins good morals.'" 1 Corinthians 15:33
Discernment is the ability to differentiate between good and evil
Media entertainment attempts to tear down a family's discernment abilities. Once destroyed, the family has few or no boundaries or values to control what is viewed. Without biblical discernment skills, a Christian family is easy prey to the media's seductive strategies.
Our society loves the media world and its many forms of entertainment. It does not promote biblical discernment, truth, honesty, and justice, therefore, the Christian family must control the media entertainment in the home or it will control the home.
How then can media entertainment be controlled in the home?
Media entertainment, for the most part, is biased against the Christian family. How can parents protect their children's developing minds? Is the only solution total abstinence? What options does the conscientious Christian family have?
We can take control of all forms of media entertainment in our homes. Develop a plan to regulate the use of media entertainment. Implement the plan. Supervise and, if necessary, modify the control plan to meet our family's needs.
4 Ways to Control Media Entertainment in Your Home
Possible options include the following:
ConsumersAdvocate.org has posted an overview of parental control apps, the services they provide, and how they can help you protect your children. With over 200 hours of research, 40 sources used, and 22 companies vetted, read about the 10 Best Parental Control Apps of 2020.
Scripture teaches pure and holy thinking and living. We must seek the mind of Christ. We must guard against media entertainment and its deceptive ways. It is an enemy bent on destroying the family.
How do you control media entertainment in your home so that it doesn't control your family?
10/29/2019 09:24:20 am
Even though we no longer have children at home, my husband and I still have to control what we consume via media. These are good guidelines for whatever level we need to adapt to our individual lives. What we watch can change who we are.
10/29/2019 09:31:19 am
You are so totally right, Lisa. What we watch (and listen to) can and will make an impact on our lives. I'm reminded of that song from children's church, "Oh be careful little eyes what you see..."
10/29/2019 09:35:16 am
This is so important, but if I'm being truly honest it's a really hard subject for me.
10/29/2019 10:46:13 am
Rebecca, this is such an honest assessment. I feel like I'm right there with you! This book sounds interesting. I'm going to check it out. Thanks!
10/29/2019 10:59:45 am
It IS scary out there, Laurie! And once a child finds this stuff it can follow them around. I know if I'm looking on one site, web or social media, for something (boots for instance) suddenly, it's everywhere. That is frightening for someone who has accidentally viewed something inappropriate and then that "something" keeps popping up. Evil times we live in! :-/ Seems the Devil's job has only been made easier.
Having media free time slots is something my husband and I were just talking about. My youngest is 11. With all my other children being adults, we are realizing that she will need a different format of rules. She's not doing social media for a few more years but we still want to limit the use of her devices time....I need to do a social media fast, I've been saying it but I haven't set my mind to it yet. I think with the holidays coming up, I want to put it on my calendar to do before the end of the year. Thanks for the encouragement in this today!
10/29/2019 11:02:02 am
You'll love the SM fast, April. I did. Two weeks with no laptop and no cellphone was WONDERFUL! But I did miss you girls! :(
10/29/2019 11:57:53 am
I don't think there's ever been a time in history when discernment was so important and so challenging. We have tried to keep a handle on "entertainment" by making it a family thing. I think solitary plugging in to movies and internet videos can become problematic.
10/29/2019 12:15:07 pm
You are so right, Michele!
10/29/2019 05:10:05 pm
This is so true, I have long thought Hollywood could do better.
10/30/2019 08:28:15 am
Rebecca, Hollywood has been needing to do better for a very long time. I have been somewhat encouraged over the past decade or so by many of the Christian movies that have done well—not that these come from "Hollywood." I think it just goes to show how much people are searching for truth.
10/29/2019 05:29:14 pm
I wholeheartedly agree!
10/31/2019 07:28:31 am
They ARE sobering, Karen. AND, they'er almost 25 years old! I think that's what shocks me the most. How much worse they must be today with all the SM interaction we deal with. Sounds like your daughter is doing an excellent job!
10/30/2019 09:01:10 am
We live in an age where this is a real problem. For me, I get sucked into answering emails and following links. So much time can be eaten up. My children are grown, but you provided great suggestions and warnings for why we need to protect our children.
10/30/2019 09:31:30 am
It is a difficult time to be raising tweens and/or teens. These parents need our prayers for discernment!
10/30/2019 09:11:13 am
Our discernment meters need ramping up!!! Great post. Empty nest but I don't want to watch crap either.
10/30/2019 09:33:06 am
For sure, Susan!
10/30/2019 11:18:57 am
Great tips for such a scary and important issue we face today. laurensparks.net
10/30/2019 02:46:41 pm
You're right, Lauren. It is a scary time to be raising kiddos. Let's pray for those who are in the trenches of this very important battle!
This is really hard to do! It's hard to make everything fair among the kids as far as amount of time they all get, too. We did invest in the Disney circle which has been great for knowing what they are all doing on their devices and for being able to set limits on particular apps even for my husband and I.
10/30/2019 02:48:09 pm
Thanks for sharing about the Disney Circle, Rachel. I'm sure some of our readers would like to look into that. :)
10/30/2019 02:49:28 pm
Thank you, Teri! Bless your heart! Be consistent and don't give in or up!
10/30/2019 01:12:20 pm
This is an excellent post. I am pinning and sharing.
10/30/2019 02:50:56 pm
Thank you so much, Angela! I really struggled with this post on so many levels. So, it's nice to hear that it's sparking some conversation and making people think. It's a tough time to be a parent.
This is a tough subject. For me, as a mom of three young kids and a household to run, it's sometimes so easy to fall on media entertainment to keep the kids occupied while I get some things done. For our family, it works to restrict TV time to an hour or two at a certain time of day, so I can get housework done. But we have been VERY strict about not letting the kids have any devices. I really enjoyed reading your post and reading your thoughts on how to control media entertainment in our homes. You have some excellent points and great reminders! Thank you for being obedient to the voice of the Lord!
11/1/2019 05:20:51 am
Melody, you are right. It is very easy to fall into the trap of allowing media entertainment to be the babysitter. We all do it! We're busy. We have things to do. Laundry. Cooking. Cleaning... the list goes on and on. We sometimes even need time alone. Add that to the list, please. Books make a better babysitter for those times.
This is so true! It's a constant battle to censor what the children are watching and be sure they aren't being fed with contrary news, lifestyle and such.
7/13/2020 09:47:39 am
I did a two-week media fast last fall, Betty, and it was one of the highlights of my fall—seriously! I spent two weeks at the beach (not too difficult to media fast there, right!? LOL) with my family and writing. It was great! I'll most likely do it again this fall as well.
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