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
Why do we as parents so often ignore the dangerous infiltration of television and other forms of media into our homes? The constant barrage of inappropriate scenes, words we wouldn't speak, and subtle insinuations numbs the viewers' consciences while simultaneously undermining Christian values. In most instances, television and movies show little respect for God, His Son, His church, or the Christian family. Where are the television programs and movies that portray a happy mom-and-dad or single-parent family that upholds biblical truths and family values? They are noticeably absent, by design.
Media entertainment, especially television, movies, and gaming, prevents children from developing their inner-visualization and interpretive skills, and it adversely affects their behavioral and psychological development.
With few exceptions, these types of entertainment are of little or no cognitive worth to children. Why? Because cognitive knowledge requires reflection and interaction. Television and movies especially do not allow children the opportunity to interact, and the pictures change too rapidly for children to reflect on what they have seen and heard.
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.
Families can respond to media entertainment with censorship or control. It must be controlled, otherwise, our children are influenced by people we would never allow into our homes.
The psalmist said,
"I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me." Psalm 101:3
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?
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