Resources for Parents, Children, & Teens
"When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary." --Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776
o Boy Scout &
Girl Scout Alternatives
o Parents of Teenagers - Resources (Rehab, Bullying, Sex-Ed, Abstinence, LGBTQ deceptions, Consumer Safety, more)
o Sex Offender Registries
o Is ADHD being used as a Clinical Deception tool to produce a generation of drones fit for the UN?
o The consequences of the "sexual revolution"
Disabilities and Health Related Issues: Plus Consumer Products & Safety and more .
How to talk to children with special needs - This helpful guide tells you everything you need to know about “Talking to Children with Special Needs.”
Online protection for Internet, Cell Phone, Mobile Devices and more (Cyber-bullying, Screen time, safety, VPN, and more.)
Family Living Today - A free resource for families, providing everything from in-depth product reviews to expert advice. I.E. Back-To-School Guide: How To Stay Organized, Healthy, And Sane. Plus writings at length on everything from choosing school lunch supplies to finding teaching opportunities for life skills at home, and more.
Education Resources: Learning & Support Resources, Civic, Public, Charter, Home Schooling, Higher Education, School Safety, more...
Consumer Product & Safety - Product & Home Safety, Security Resources (I.E. Child Safety Products and more.)
Rehabilitation & Recovery for sexual, drugs, alcohol and more...
Helping those in need (Dealing with divorce and more.)
Your Kids Aren't Safe Online - By Hannah Harrison ...Apps to watch out for: Predators are everywhere. It may be on common sites such as Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat. But it might be a video game, Yubo, Whisper, Tik Tok, Secret Calculator, or a number of other apps unknown to you. In this section, we’re going to dive into some not-so-innocent-apps that need to be monitored, or better yet, removed from your child’s phone. A good general rule is if you don’t know about the app, they don’t need to either.
...Snapchat ...Secret Calculator ...TikTok ...Whisper ...Yubo ...Monkey
...Christian Louis Lange said, “Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master.” If you don’t take steps to protect your kids, no one will. It’s time to take control and be your child’s real super-hero. Their life could depend on it. (See Protection for Internet, Cell Phone, Mobile Devices and more below for further resources.)
For comprehensive online protection and security see: Online protection for Internet, Cell Phone, Mobile Devices and more (Cyber-bullying, Screen time, safety, VPN, and more.)
Legal Age Restrictions For Latchkey Kids The table lists legal age restrictions for children left at home alone categorized by state within the U.S. Please note that city and county ordinances within each state may have more definitive and restrictive laws. Call your State DHS or local child welfare agency to learn about age guidelines in your area.
How to Prepare Your Kid to Stay Home Alone - You want to make sure they feel ready for it, that you have a concrete emergency plan in place, and that you touch base regularly. Responsibilities and Rules. Establish an Emergency Protocol. Lock Up the Dangerous Stuff. What to Do With Siblings.
Your kids should not be the most important in the family. - By John Rosemond ...I recently asked a married couple who have three kids, none of whom are yet teens,, Who are the most important people in your family?" Like all good moms and dads of the brave new millennium, they answered, "Our kids!" ...This issue is really the heart of the matter. People my age know it's the heart of the matter because when we were kids it was clear to us that our parents were the ost important people in our families.
How to check your child's credit report The presence of one could signal identity theft - By Dinah Wisenberg Brin - Parents place the utmost attention on their children’s safety, education, health and happiness, but even the most conscientious parent may overlook another matter that can affect their child's future: the child’s credit report. With some exceptions, most children under age 18 should not have a credit report at all. Minors, however, are not immune to identity theft and credit fraud. So you need to see if your youngster has a credit report – and you need to know what is on it. “Ideally, and in the vast majority of instances, your child would not have a credit report,” says Rod Griffin, director of public education for credit reporting agency Experian. “It’s a good idea for a parent to check.” ...How to find a child’s credit status The three national credit-reporting companies – TransUnion, Equifax and Experian – do not knowingly keep data on children younger than 13, according to AnnualCreditReport.com. That website – which is the official website where you can get free access to your credit reports – outlines steps to take if you suspect fraud involving your child’s identity. Such steps include alerting all three credit reporting agencies, filing a police report and filing a complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. You also can file a complaint with the FTC. You can also call the Identity Theft Resource Center at 800-400-5530. ...For more information, review our step-by-step instructions for requesting a child’s credit report from each bureau. Otherwise, below is a summary of the rules for the three credit bureau:
Protect Your Family and Community with AlertID The first-of-its-kind, AlertID is a free public service available online and on mobile applications. AlertID is proven to help reduce crime while improving safety and security for children, families and entire communities across the country by providing information and public safety alerts from trusted sources including law enforcement, schools, neighbors, family members and friends.
The Parent’s Guide to Water Safety for Kids - Everything parents should be aware of while at the beach or a pool — from the importance of supervision to proper floatation devices. Whether you’re at a sandy beach or a refreshing pool, there are things you can do — both proactively and in the moment — to ensure all swimmers stay safe.
Letting your children play in public spaces: An introduction: How outdoor play benefits children physically and socially - Risks - Tips - Advice for older children
God's "Real Man" List - James Dobson's Family Talk: By JT Waresak
True Tolerance Website Creates New Resource for Parents, Guardians by Bethany Monk - Talk of marriage and sexuality: These issues are splashed across the headlines, woven into song lyrics, and are covered often in TV shows and movies. Sometimes they are even part of a public school curriculum. So, what do parents do when what they are teaching their children at home is out of sync with what schools might be teaching? Focus on The Family’s TrueTolerance.org. is offering a new free resource. “Empowering Parents,” a downloadable how-to kit, provides a checklist enabling parents and legal guardians to be a voice in the school system. It also helps them see where to begin the process.
What to Do When a Family Pet Dies: Teaching Kids About Grief - Help children and families talk about grief and cope with the loss of a pet. Losing a pet can be devastating, but the healing process can be made easier. This guide walks through how to honor your pet's life and approach questions about loss to help families support each other.
ADHD: “ADHD is a fictitious disease” by Moritz Nestor - The alarmed
critics of the Ritalin disaster are now getting support from an entirely
different side. The German weekly Der Spiegel quoted in its cover story on 2
February 2012 the US American psychiatrist Leon Eisenberg, born in 1922 as the
son of Russian Jewish immigrants, who was the “scientific father of ADHD” and
who said at the age of 87, seven months before his death in his last interview:
“ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease” (Blech, Jörg: Schwermut ohne
Scham. In: Der Spiegel, Nr. 6/6.2.12, p. 122–131, p. 128.)
...It is this issue that the American psychologist Lisa Cosgrove and others investigated in their study Financial Ties between DSM-IV Panel Members and the Pharmaceutical Industry7. They found that “Of the 170 DSM panel members 95 (56%) had one or more financial associations with companies in the pharmaceutical industry. One hundred percent of the members of the panels on ‘Mood Disorders’ and ‘Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders’ had financial ties to drug companies. [...]
The connections are especially strong in those diagnostic areas where drugs are the first line of treatment for mental disorders.”8 In the next edition of the manual, the situation is unchanged. “Of the 137 DSM-V panel members who have posted disclosure statements, 56% have reported industry ties – no improvement over the percent of DSM-IV members.” (DSM Panel Members Still Getting pharma funds. URL: https://www.cchrint.org/tag/lisa-cosgrove/ [8.2.2012 23:21:29])
“The very vocabulary of psychiatry is now defined at all levels by the pharmaceutical industry,” said Dr Irwin Savodnik, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at Los Angeles.10 This is well paid. Just one example: The Assistant Director of the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School received “$1 million in earnings from drug companies between 2000 and 2007”. (Cf. https://www.cchrint.org/tag/lisa-cosgrove/)
In any case, no one can easily get around the testimony of the father of ADHD: “ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease.” The task of psychologists, educators and doctors is not to put children on the “chemical lead” because the entire society cannot handle the products of its misguided theories of man and raising children, and instead hands over our children to the free pharmaceutical market. Let us return to the basic matter of personal psychology and education: The child is to acquire personal responsibility and emphatic behavior under expert guidance – and that takes the family and the school: In these fields, the child should be able to lead off mentally. This constitutes the core of the human person.
An Important Message For Parents Who Feel Guilty - Exchange Truth for
Lies - By
Dena Yohe - Your child is in jail. They have an eating disorder. They cut
and slash their flesh, burn themselves and break bones. They’re addicted to
porn, sex, drugs, or alcohol. They’re in a relationship with the same sex. They
suffer from depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, PTSD or an anxiety disorder.
They’ve attempted suicide. You can’t understand how you got here. How could this
happen? Where did you go wrong?
...Please listen closely. I want you to hear something vitally important. Unless you encouraged your child’s behaviors or pushed them into their current situation with your blessing, IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT! Did you hear that?
...I met another parent who had walked this journey much longer than I had. He reminded me of something I needed to hear and would need to remember for years to come. His words still have a huge impact. This is the essence of what he said: "Stop feeling guilty about your child because God, the only perfect parent who never made any mistakes, also has children who mess up and do terrible things. Look what happened to Adam and Eve. Was their behavior God’s fault? Not at all! Our parenting skills can’t begin to compare with God’s, so if the all-powerful God of the universe ended up with children who hurt and disappoint Him, who are we to think that we deserve any better?"
...You probably want to think about this for a while. It’ll take time for these words sink into your heart and mind until you can believe they’re really true. Where you feel the need, forgive yourself and accept God’s forgiveness. But please know that He doesn’t blame you for your child’s choices. He looks on you with compassion and empathy. As a fellow hurting parent, He understands the heaviness you carry. I’m convinced He doesn’t want you to add more to the weight you already bear. The following Scripture gives me peace when I start to blame myself. Its truth sheds light on what we can all do when we have a guilt attack: "For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, BUT our eyes are on you" (2 Chronicles 20:12). Amen! (This and more at Children and Scripture: What the Word of God says...)
Birth Injury Help Center - The Birth Injury Center is a comprehensive online resource center for information on birth injuries (Orthopedic and External Damage, Nerve Injuries, Brain Injuries). An informational website providing accurate, reliable information about major birth injuries and related childhood disabilities such as cerebral palsy, down syndrome, etc. Also providing users with accurate information and helpful external resource links regarding causes, risk factors for Birth Injuries, symptoms, and treatment options for birth injuries. There is also very detailed information about public benefit programs and other financial assistance resources for families with disabled children.
Birth Injury Guide - Whereas some birth injury lawyers may specifically specialize in one birth injury, such as cerebral palsy (the leading birth injury in the United States), most focus on a variety of birth injuries.
Birth Injury Lawyers - Providing FREE support and useful resources to individuals and families. The Birth Injury Group is an online resource for anyone who has been affected by cerebral palsy, birth injuries, or brain injuries. Our team was created so we can provide answers and all types of assistance needed to help improve the quality of life for loved ones and family members with cerebral palsy.
The Cerebral Palsy Group is dedicated to providing information, material and resources that is available to both families as well as those who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. ...A cerebral palsy lawyer can help you come to terms with what happened to your child, and give you the peace of mind you will need in order to move forward from the devastating effects of the birth injury.
Cerebral Palsy Guide is a national support organization dedicated to educating individuals and families about cerebral palsy. We strive to provide answers and guidance to ensure that families receive the assistance that they need to help improve their overall quality of life.
Is a Helmet Worth It? How Brain Injuries Affect Different Body Functions. While broken bones will hurt and take time to heal, a head injury can be even worse. Traumatic brain injury can be irreversible and make it difficult to function. It can lead to vision and hearing loss, difficulty with memory, a lack of coordination, and can even affect your heart rate and ability to breathe. Because each section of the brain controls different parts of the body, a brain injury can affect just about anything.
The ultimate guide to child car seats - As a parent, keeping your child safe in the car can be overwhelming. First there's getting your newborn home safe and sound. Then helping your toddler get used to booster seats. And finally graduating to seat belts. Plus, you need to know when your kid's ready to move on from one type of seat to the next. As if there's not enough to worry about! At Esurance, we can't help you with all the stresses of parenting. But we can help make figuring out car seats surprisingly painless. To that end, we've created a comprehensive guide to child seat safety. There's quite a bit to know ... so buckle in.
Organizational Resources for Parents (Informational, medical, assistance, legal, and more.)
OneMillionMoms.com - Mom, are you fed up with the filth many segments of our society, especially the entertainment media, are throwing at our children? Are you tired of all the negative influences our children are forced to contend with? If so, we urge you to become a member of OneMillionMoms.com. OneMillionMoms.com was begun to give moms an impact with the decision-makers and let them know we are upset with the messages they are sending our children and the values (or lack of them) they are pushing. Our goal is to stop the exploitation of our children, especially by the entertainment media (TV, music, movies, etc.). Mom, OneMillionMoms.com is the most powerful tool you have to stand against the immorality, violence, vulgarity and profanity the entertainment media is throwing at your children.
OneMillionDads.com - Lead or others will. 24 million children in the United States of America live in a fatherless home. 40% of students in grades 1-12 come from homes with no biological father in them. 71% of teenage pregnant mothers have no father in the home. 71% of high school drop outs have no father present. A child is 4 times more likely to live in poverty if there is no dad in the home.
Parenting and Marriage Videos - Dr. James Dobson's 90-Second Commentary Videos
Not My Child: Contemporary Paganism and the New Spirituality Book by Linda Harvey
The Heritage Foundation's familyfacts.org catalogs social science findings on the family, society and religion gleaned from peer-reviewed journals, books and government surveys. Serving policymakers, journalists, scholars and the general public, familyfacts.org makes social science research easily accessible to the non-specialist.
Kids 4 Truth International Kids 4 Truth introduces a simple Gospel presentation that blends music, artwork, narration, and Scripture to communicate the unchanging message of Jesus Christ.
Family Success Ministries: Promoting Biblical Excellence in Families (www.momtime.net) Foundations for Family Success is a Christian Ministry dedicated to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We teach individuals and families practical and biblical skills that will make an eternal difference. The ministry targets and provides focused and applicable teaching and resources.
Christian Mommies Christian moms looking for parenting information, support and friendship. Connecting Women of all ages and backgrounds in a community of support and love through Jesus Christ.
The Best Friends Foundation An independent study of "Best Friends," a national abstinence-only program for middle-school age girls, is showing genuine results. A study focused on girls participating from 1999 to 2002, "and the results showed that Best Friends girls were six times less likely to be sexually active; about eight times less likely to use drugs; almost two times less likely to drink alcohol; and a little over two times less likely to smoke."
Teens4Safety - Teen safety is something that most teens don’t seem to take very seriously – and we know, we are teens. Most of the time we don’t take it serious either. But we are trying to change that – that is why we started this website. As high schoolers getting our licenses, partying, drinking, driving, experimenting etc – we very often forget that the consequences of our actions can be pretty extreme sometimes. We have all heard the stories and seen the statistics – “but that will never be us.” That is what too many of us say and actually believe. We are trying to change that because we think that is what leads to most of the sad stories that we have all read about and heard about.
True Love Waits - Complete: A Life of Purity - True Love Waits, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, has released a gender-appropriate flipbook called Complete: A Life of Purity. The release coincides with Valentine's Day, a time in which a large number of True Love Waits abstinence-until-marriage commitment ceremonies are held in churches and other places around the world.
Abstinence Education's Amazing Progress School and community programs provide a positive message to teens.
TeenMania: To provoke a young generation to passionately pursue Jesus Christ and to take His life-giving message to the ends of the earth! A stealthy enemy has infiltrated our country and is preying upon the hearts and minds of 33 million American teens. Corporations, media conglomerates, and purveyors of popular culture have spent billions to seduce and enslave our youth. So far, the enemy is winning. But there is plenty we can do. We need to take action. We need to answer the Battle Cry. Teenmania.org - To provoke a young generation to passionately pursue Jesus Christ and to take His life-giving message to the ends of the earth!
TV Watch, encourages parents to understand the ratings system so they can use parental controls--such as the v-chip, cable or satellite blocking technology--to allow or block programs based on their rating. The free TV ratings reference stickers, and a more detailed explanation of the ratings system and parental controls, are available at www.televisionwatch.org
Trail Life USA - A Christian adventure, character, and leadership program for young men. The K-12 program centers on outdoor experiences that build a young man's skills and allow him to grow on a personal level and as a role model and leader for his peers. Living the Trail Life is a journey established on timeless values derived from the Bible." As of August 2014, there are 412 chartered troops in 47 states with 275 others in the process of becoming official.
American Heritage Girl - A faith-based alternative to the Girl Scouts continues growing in popularity throughout the United States. Membership rolls for the Girl Scouts have declined by more than 100,000 in the past five years. During that time, the organization has embraced political correctness and removed references to God and country from its printed material and motto.
Girls 'n Grace --- Girls 'n Grace Author Pam Davis Equips Young Girls to Meet the Cultural and Moral Challenges of Today "Today's little girls are growing up faster than ever, urged toward adolescence by the kids at school, television, movies, music, and even their toys--and each of these influences will shape who our daughters become," Davis says. "Now is the time for young girls to learn that when you live in the amazing grace of God, you don't have to give in to the kind of pressures that often lead to bad decisions." ...The release of the first two Girls 'n Grace books, Sydney Clair's Season of Change and Mesi: A Girl 'n Grace in Africa (Authentic), will serve as the introduction to the product line. ...The Girls 'n Grace interactive website includes links for moms, mother/daughter Bible studies, games, a book club, and information about the line of dolls.
Frontier Girls - Frontier Girls celebrates the American spirit that makes us great. Our country was built upon a strong faith in God, strong family values, and the acceptance of those who are different than ourselves. We are a people of loyalty, of faith, of innovation. We pride ourselves on our resourcefulness and our freedoms. These are the traits our country was built on, but they are slowly being eroded away in a culture of instant gratification and irresponsibility. The Frontier Girl program seeks to restore a focus on good moral character, patriotism, community service, and a love of learning that is being lost.
See also below: Protection for Internet, Cell Phone, Mobile Devices and more (Cyberbullying and much more)
Rehab Spot has served as a critical source of information on addiction and recovery for those who are struggling with substance abuse disorders and co-morbid mental health conditions. Rehab Spot is owned by Recovery Worldwide, a national informational marketing umbrella for several addiction recovery-related properties. Rehab Spot works with a nationally recognized drug and alcohol treatment facility that provides treatment consultation and counseling, placement and enrollment into a treatment program, and payment/insurance information. All content included on Rehab Spot is created by our team of researchers and journalists. Topics are selected after consulting with recovering addicts, treatment professionals, and leading addiction resources to determine what information is most valuable to those seeking help for themselves or a loved one. All of our articles are fact-based and sourced from relevant publications, government agencies, and medical journals. Every page includes the date on which it was last modified. Included are Family: Addiction truly is a family disease. Rehab Spot is here to help family members of those struggling with substance abuse. And Self-Love makes it possible for patients in recovery to resist the temptations of addiction by improving mental and physical health, as well as increasing satisfaction and self-esteem.
Additional addiction & rehab resources at: Rehabilitation & Recovery if struggling or helping others with drugs, alcohol, mental, sexual disorders.
True Love Waits - Years ago a small group of students in the Nashville area committed themselves to Christ in the pursuit of purity. Little did they know that shortly thereafter there were going to be thousands of additional students join them in what came to be known as the movement of True Love Waits.
Preventing the Sexualization of Your Daughter by
Vicki Courtney -
Chances are you remember the
rumblings in the news about the American Psychological Association and their
groundbreaking discovery that the proliferation of sexualized images of girls
and young women in advertising, merchandising, and media is harmful to girls'
self-image and healthy development.1 When I heard it on
the news, I stared at my TV in total disbelief and mumbled, "Nah! Ya think?" The
study took aim at everything from sexually salacious ads to the tarted-up Bratz
dolls popular with young girls. Every forum of media was fair game, including
video games, song lyrics, magazines, and the round-the-clock bombardment of
sexual images found on television and the Internet. Sexualization was defined by
the task force as occurring when a person's value comes only from her/his sexual
appeal or behavior, to the exclusion of other characteristics, and when a person
is sexually objectified, i.e., made into a thing for another's sexual use. While
the overall finding of the study may not come as a surprise, it should serve as
a wake-up call for parents who have somehow rationalized that it's a battle not
worth fighting. Take a look at some of the fallout the study confirmed:
Cognitive and Emotional Consequences...
Talking Abstinence With Your Teen by Dr. Freda McKissic Bush - When it comes to influencing teens, parents have an advantage over peers, schools, churches and even media. Because parents are with their children year after year, they have a unique relationship that can help in discussing difficult topics. Parents also understand their adolescent's particular personality, and they're sensitive to their teen's level of maturity — socially, emotionally, physically and morally. This long-term, understanding relationship earns parents the right to communicate values to their teens. Unfortunately, discussions about sexual issues often do not take place until after the teen has already begun having sex — but you don't have to let that happen in your home. Take the initiative and make the conversation happen. Communicate family standards Family standards are important. Young people often do not know what parents expect of them regarding sexual purity and sometimes feel they are getting mixed messages. It's important that parents be clear about their expectations. If you presume your teen will be abstinent, you need to explain your expectation clearly. The following are a few suggestions for discussion with your teen: ...
Sex-EdforParents.org is a video web blog that offers parents a free membership where they can receive videos and an e-newsletter with up-to-date news in the world of adolescent sexuality as well as age appropriate resources to help jumpstart the conversation with kids from elementary age through college. Mike Goss, President and founder of Abstinence America, is challenging parents to recognize the power they have to influence their children and to use that influence to help kids avoid the devastating consequences of early sexual experimentation. Goss has spent the last seven years talking to more than 30,000 young people about character, responsibility, relationship intelligence and smart sexual choices. Now he is speaking to their parents. He is launching a new program called Sex-Ed for Parents. Goss says, "If we are going to change these numbers, - 900,000 teen pregnancies and six million cases of sexually transmitted disease -- parents must be equipped, motivated and ready to engage kids in meaningful dialogue about sex." Research demonstrates that when it comes to sex, kids still rely most heavily on the advice of their parents, but unfortunately many parents don't know where to start, what to say or how to communicate effectively with kids. That's where Goss comes in. He sees his role as a trusted delegate coming along side to guide and educate, but acknowledging the parents' role as the primary authority.
Dr. Scott Lively, internationally-known expert on the "gay" agenda, releases blockbuster book (now free on-line) on how to understand and fight back from Christian perspective. Most people know Scott Lively as a major figure among pro-family leaders. He is an attorney, pastor (with a PhD in theology) and an international consultant on family issues with more than twenty years of ministry opposing the "gay" political agenda around the world.
He has written several classic books on the homosexual agenda, including "The Pink Swastika", "The Poisoned Stream," and "7 Steps to Recruit-Proof Your Child". He has run a pro-family law firm in California and is now an activist pastor in Springfield, Mass. (We've been honored to have had him as a featured speaker at two recent MassResistance banquets.) For the past ten years, while lecturing and consulting on pro-family strategies in more than 30 countries, Dr. Lively has been writing the world's first textbook that teaches pro-family advocates how to defeat the homosexual agenda and re-establish family-centered culture in their respective nations from a Christian perspective.
The title of the book is "Redeeming the Rainbow: A Christian Response to the 'Gay' Agenda". The 232-page book is now being made available free on-line! It is sure to become another classic. MassResistance.org posted the entire book HERE, and also broken it up into chapters for easy reading. There's a lot of meat in this book: background facts from history to philosophy to strategy, a lengthy discussion of the homosexual movement, and even the history of the "gay marriage" issue as it began in Massachusetts. "This is my free gift to the international pro-family movement," said Lively. "Everything I've learned in twenty years on the front lines of the 'culture war' is in this book. I want pro-family people to have free access to these insights, analysis and strategies so that they will know that there is still hope for re-building family-centered culture, and how they can achieve that goal. "I have devoted thousands of hours of work and all of the skills and training I have acquired through my career to produce the most straightforward, concise and easy-to-understand guidance that I can," he added.
Hooking Kids on Sex II American Life League Encourage m*sturb*tion, teen sex and homosexuality-- that's the goal of Planned Parenthood. Do NOT let your kids watch this video! ( This is the revised version, now re-posted).
Talking to Your Kids About Transgenderism - By ROB JACKSON ...As a Christian, all sexual sins concern me, including those committed by heterosexuals, but transgenderism is especially alarming from a spiritual perspective, too. It not only goes against nature (as does homosexuality,) it requires hormone therapy, body enhancements with silicon and/or surgery, and the altered biological reality of sexual reassignment. While the ACP is correct in their concern for the physical and mental health challenges associated with gender identity disorders, I believe the spiritual wounds are far greater still. We Christian parents now have another level of spiritual attack from which we must guard our children’s developing identity.
...In my work as a Christian therapist I frequently meet with parents who are concerned for their children's sexuality. Childhood exposure to pornography opens Pandora's Box where counterfeit versions of sexuality abound. For example, in a recent week of intensive therapy with parents and their 11 year-old daughter, I was saddened, though not surprised, to learn their precious child had seen pornographic videos. Porn sites hold nothing back. A curious child is likely to see a wide array of sexual expressions, including, of course, transgenderism.
...Here are some ways I encouraged that little girl's parents to speak with her about healthy sexuality. These four qualities will keep the conversation relational and effective as we talk to our kids about any important subject. They are especially important as we shepherd a child’s developing sexuality. I hope they will help equip you and your spouse to broach the sensitive issues emerging from today’s porn-saturated culture.
...Frequency, ...Tone, ...Intensity, ...Duration, ...Related Topics (See coverage of each column link.)
...Resources. In addition to writing for The Stand, I've also written commissioned articles for Focus on the Family. You can find a list of articles about Christian sexuality here.
Guide to Consumer Awareness These days, the use of the Internet for
everyday purposes—such as paying bills and shopping for groceries—has grown
quite dramatically. In fact, some research suggests that as much as 68% of the
population rely on the Internet to perform basic consumer tasks. While using the
Internet in this manner may be quite convenient, it can also be relatively
risky. In fact, unsuspecting consumers can often be the victims of fraud, theft,
and other similar crimes when using the Internet as a resource. Individuals who
are interested in preventing these events from occurring should obtain a basic
understanding of consumer awareness, and how it can be beneficial. In addition,
recognizing safe forms of online shopping, how to prevent online fraud, and the
availability of legal and crime prevention can be effective for individuals who
wish to learn more about this important concept. Click
for comprehensive consumer awareness resources.
Credit Card Fraud Protection and Safety Guide When a person uses someone else's credit card without their permission, or they obtain credit in someone else's name, it is called an act of credit fraud. Anyone, from a child to an elderly person, a wealthy or a poor person, can become a target for this type of crime. In order to avoid becoming a victim, everyone should become familiar with basic credit card security tactics and strategies. Like with all other forms of crime, however, even the best credit card safety tips may not be enough to prevent fraud from happening. Therefore it is also important for people to understand how to report credit card fraud in the event that such a crime occurs.
Complaints List is an interactive computer service where consumers and the general public can submit complaints, reviews, or reports about a company, business, or person that has mistreated them in any way. Visitors to our website that file complaints may have been the victims of theft, abuse, a scam, or a variety of other injustices. By filing a complaint or report on ComplaintsList.com, users can obtain justice without the expensive costs of a lawsuit, by warning the world to avoid these companies or people so they can save themselves similar damages. You are saving others the costs and/or issues that you had to face, while at the same time obtaining justice against the company or individual that mistreated you.
Online Couponing and Shopping - Basic Consumer Safety by Eric S. - Before starting an online transaction, take time to read the following consumer safety tips. While there are opportunities for a deal around every corner, shoppers need to be prepared. For more information, check out any one of the included resources. A little online shopping savvy goes a long way. (Click the link for safety tip details.)
App for Mobile Phones Designed to Bring Accountability - The XXXChurch.com now offers the X3watch app, downloadable for free from iTunes App Store, and for $4.99 in the Android market. The app works by recording the name of any questionable website, along with the date and time the user visited it, and then sends that information via email to the person listed as an "accountability partner." ...X3watch is an accountability software program helping with online integrity. Whenever you browse the Internet and access a site, which may contain questionable material, the program will record the site name, time, and date the site was visited. A person of your choice (an accountability partner) will receive an email containing all possible questionable sites you may have visited within the month. This information is meant to encourage open and honest conversation between friends and help us all be more accountable. Get X3watch on PC, Mac, iPhone/iPad/iTouch and Androids
Unbridled Web 2.0 by Rebecca Hagelin - So, most parents are asking themselves, "What is Web 2.0 anyway?" 2.0 is the "term" used to describe interactive technologies and systems that are internet enabled. For instance, your child's cell phone and PDA may have internet capabilities. The term also encompasses social network sites, blogs, video-sharing sites, computer gaming systems and anything that involves interactivity. Such devices and abilities are very cool and offer tons of fun but they also pose great risks.
Your child no longer has to be "bound" at a desk in front of a computer screen to have the world and everyone in it at his fingertips. Every day children who visit interactive sites interact with strangers. And, more and more often, home-spun internet porn has been appearing everywhere from the school bus to the back seat of mom's mini van. One mom recently shared with me how devastated she was to discover that the months of giggling and whispering from the back of her car weren't caused by the typical pre-teen gossip. They were caused by nude and semi-nude cell phone photos being freely passed around nearly every day right under her nose. The porn shop was her car, and the porn stars were school children who were sexting each other.
This mom thought she was doing nearly everything right: she stays home in order to be present and active in her children's lives. She drives carpool several times a week to further bond with her children and their friends. She was making all this wonderful effort and still the worst of the worst was happening right in her own car.
Is there anything you can you do to stop the invasion of your car, your home, and your family sanctuaries by perverts and predators, for crying out loud? Yes! This is the last column in a three part series on the very real threats posed to our children through modern technology. The first week I covered dangerous Internet content - the prevalence of pornography - and how to keep it out of your home. In week two I discussed how contact is frequently made with your children by those who seek to do them harm, and gave tips to keep children from these online predators. The problems of both pornography and predators are present and dangerous in Web 2.0, but this week I'm focusing more on the conduct of children when they are online.
Here are a few tips to help your child steer clear of negative online conduct, both their own and others:
- Explain that there are rules that must be followed and why. One of the key rules is that you will review the content of their Facebook pages, e-mails and gaming habits.
- Purchase only devices that come with parental controls. Visit your local tech store with your child and ask someone to show you how to use them.
- Monitor which sites your child visits. Even with an internet filter, you should always check out the browser history.
- Learn to recognize the behavior signs that indicate children are involved in risky behavior. There is a very good description and discussion about this at www.Internet Safety 101.com
- Talk to your children about the wise use of technology, and set boundaries. It's not just content that's harming our children; it's also the amount of time they are spending online. Children who spend too much time chatting online tend to move into inappropriate subject matter and use inappropriate language.
- Remind your children that anything they post or say is open for the entire world to see. There is no true privacy in texting, e-mail or social networking sites.
The many practical solutions to dangerous online content, contact and conduct are contained in the new program, Internet Safety 101. Log on to InternetSafety101.org (Enough is Enough) for the most comprehensive set of Rules and Tools ever created to keep children safe online. If you don't keep them safe, “ no one will.
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FamiltWatchdog.us is a comprehensive web site that's easy to utilize and open to any and all concerned Americans. Hi-Tech Web Site Helps Parents Protect Their Kids from Sexual Predators Action Alert -The FBI's Crimes Against Children Unit coordinates the development and implementation of a National Sex Offenders Registry, but there have been some complaints regarding their web site being overly complicated. But a private non-governmental organization has developed its own National Sex Offender Registry. Enter an address to view a map of registered sex offenders near you.
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A psychiatrist with the Christian Medical Association says the U.S. is seeing an unfortunate increase in kids being put on drugs to control their behavior. Dr. Robert Rogan notes that using drugs for kids with behavior problems was hardly thought of 50 years ago; most times, he says, a pill is not the best solution. Generally, he believes children with behavior problems lack one very important thing. The doctor contends, "Children today are not getting the parenting they need on an overall societal basis. They're not being taught godly principles. They're not being given godly, healthy limits on their behaviors. They don't know their boundaries, and consequently they're put under a lot of stress." But Rogan says parents cannot simply return after being absent from the home or busy about other matters, observe their children acting out, and automatically respond by putting them on medication. On the contrary, the doctor insists, in a day and age when it is not surprising to find kids whose parents have never even taught them the Ten Commandments, the real solution to behavioral problems is good parenting. [Mary Rettig]
Maybe He's Not Gay: Another View on Homosexuality - New Book by Linda Harvey Especially for youth! We are pleased to announce a brand new book by Linda Harvey, especially for youth. "How many books exist for teens about homosexuality? About the deception of the culture and the hope for every young person?" said Linda Harvey, president of Mission America. ...As more and more young people announce, "I'm gay," it's time to take a closer look. It's a profound declaration, a new civil right (they are told) and it's "who you are." But there's a problem. This is not anything close to the truth, and kids deserve the whole story.
Teens Pay Price for 'Free Sex' (AgapePress) Free sex. That's what the sexual revolution promised adults in the 1960s. Over the last 40 years, even teenagers have been promised the same. But nothing is free, as the old saying goes, especially sex -- and teens are having to learn that the hard way. ...According to the Medical Institute for Sexual Health (MISH), approximately 50 percent of sexually-active teens are already infected with Humanpapilloma Virus (HPV) -- an STD that is the cause of 99 percent of cervical cancer. "This cancer is causing about as many deaths among women as AIDS," said a recent MISH press release. Moreover, the group said, approximately 10 percent of sexually active adolescents are infected with chlamydia, a major cause of infertility, while approximately 20 percent are infected with genital herpes, "a life-long and disabling problem." In addressing the sex education approach most favored by the medical and mental health community -- using condoms -- MISH raised the alarm. "For the infections that are most common to adolescents (such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes) condoms, even when used 100 percent of the time, only reduce the risk of infection by approximately 50 percent," the group said. "For HPV, which is the most common [STD] for adolescents, condoms provide no risk reduction for infection."
A culture awash in porn by Rebecca Hagelin (4/29/2005)...The physical toll alone is stunning: My Heritage Foundation colleague Robert Rector notes that each year more than 3 million teens contract a sexually transmitted disease. According to a February 2004 report by the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, almost half of new STD cases occur among people aged 15-24, and at least half of sexually active youth will have acquired an STD by age 25. Worse, Rector says, sexually active teens are three times more likely than their non-sexually active peers to become depressed and to attempt suicide.
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