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Does your kid really need that smart/camera phone? January 28, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, horror, paganism, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society.
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Just a quick bit of data that might dissuade parents from letting their kids have internet-capable/picture-capable phones:

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Somebody’s lying about the sending and receiving.  I’m guessing boys don’t want to own up to what they’re sending.

So almost half of highschoolers – who will admit to it! – have received porn via text on their phones.  Nice.

For any teen boys reading this, and Lord I pray you are not: if you ever get the fool idea to take a lurid picture of yourself, just know that there is a very good chance that “pretty girl” on the other end isn’t a girl at all.  It’s a dude.  Another motivation not to do it.  And you young ladies, that hot stud on the other side may well be a big fat ick.  Or someone looking to sell some amateur porn.  Virtually all such images eventually wind up on porn sites.  And the internet is forever.

Reader skeinster had sent me a link to an excellent article on this subject but I had a hard time turning the content into a post.  So I never got around to it.  But it’s well worth checking out.  If you take naked snaps of yourself, you’re playing a fools game with eternal consequences, and I don’t just mean in the next life.  There are hundreds of thousands of porn images floating around the internet from the 50s, 40s, 30s, even the 1800s.  There is a whole genre of porn called “vintage.”  You think that Parisian prostitute who got her picture taken in flagrante delicto thought she’d still be ogled 130 years later?

The point is……..don’t do it.  And don’t give kids even the chance to do it.  My kids have a very basic phone with no camera.  They cannot text.  It’s for emergency communication only.

Innocence, once lost, can never be regained.  The scarring effect of exposure to such permanently damaging material cannot be overstated.  You are really never quite the same person afterwards.  Sadly, I got exposed to such filth at a very young age, and it caused me enormous problems later in life.  I will likely never have the degree of chastity and purity I should, because those memories, those images, can never be fully erased.  I would so much prefer to be a great innocent like Saint Therese or Venerable Teresita than be afflicted with the self-induced traumas I have to deal with.

Don’t be like me.  Don’t know about this garbage.  Don’t fall into satan’s #1 trap for us.  Our Lady told the children at Fatima that more souls fall into hell over sins against the 6th and 9th Commandments than anything else.  Don’t even start down that path, because you cannot control it.  It – and satan – will control you.

Comments

1. Baseballmom - January 28, 2016

All I can add is an AMEN.

2. Ursula - January 29, 2016

Did you read about the Grand Prairie dad that was arrested for confiscating his 12 year old daughter’s cell phone after finding inappropriate texts? It went to trial, and this week he was found not guilty.

Faith Ballesteros - January 29, 2016

Crazy!

Tantumblogo - January 29, 2016

No, have to find that. Thanks, good lead.

3. TF - January 29, 2016

My phone has an IQ of 12, and my teenaged children have never had their own phones. They can borrow one like mine when they need it. None of them complain; in fact they think the way other teenagers (and so-called adults!) are slaves to their electronic devices is utterly stupid. They do have computers which they are only allowed to use in public places. I believe this the best approach. Who “needs” a “smart” phone? Smartass phone is more like it.

4. La Gallina - January 29, 2016

The following is not to point out what a good parent I am!! I’m not. I find so few people who are willing to raise kids who aren’t addicted to technology from a very early age, and I want to let them know that it is definitely possible, it’s really not hard, and it makes life much better.

Somehow I have managed to be a parent for almost 19 years without video games in the house, very little TV/ movie time, and no kid’s cell phones. My 18 year old recently bought himself a phone, and he has the full responsibility of paying the bill. (He often doesn’t have the money and has to do without for a while.)

And my kids don’t think I’m a monster! They adore their parents (and their parents adore them.) We have such a good time just being a family. We are too busy to waste much time on “technologically-advanced” forms of entertainment. I have always provided lots of great books, coloring books, art supplies, games, cooking, music, and audio stories. (Peter Dennis’ Winnie the Pooh is the best. We also love Chitty Chitty Bang Bang read by Andrew Sachs. It is NOT like the movie. There are many great options!)

I am not the greatest parent. I am not all that creative. I just knew instinctually from the time I became a mother that my kids would be better off digging in the dirt and climbing trees than they would be if they were glued to a screen.

We do watch classical music on youtube, which has fueled my children’s excitement for practicing their instruments. We also use youtube to learn Catholic chant, watch Traditional Mass etc.

I just don’t make a big deal out of technology. I don’t treat it like Satan. I just use it when I need it and don’t make a big deal about it. My kids are very happy and well adjusted.


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