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Censor Our Children's Exposure

As Christians, should we censor what we and our children read, watch and hear, or should we allow exposure to different religions, ethical standards and morals?

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 ---laure5759 on 11/7/06
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Yes we should censor.

---sam on 3/8/08

something that you might try. Watch and view things with your family. this way you can teach them your values as they see stuff opposed to them. My parents would often watch movies with us and then teach us after the movie, some of the movies I couldn't even beleive they allowed us to watch some, but they taught us alot by being with us as we watched. other note: keep all computers in open view of all.
---Jared on 12/1/06

Watch what comes through the t.v. and net.
Pornography is the most dangerous media
influence to the welfare of children.

---Reiter on 11/15/06

Depending on the age of the child, I would answer any questions they might have about ANYthing.I would defenitaly censor what they read or watch on tv when they were under 10.Older then I wouldn't make a big deal of it if they wanted to read it because that would just make them want it more.I would for sure talk about it with them.
---sue on 11/12/06

Home schooling produces success. Jesus was in the temple at a young age, preparing to leave home. I think the collective intelligence of many teachers is best for a well-rounded education. Too much of any thing is not a good thing. Teachers with diverse backgrounds broaden the mind's horizons. There is a negative side to school outside the home, but it prepares a child for the real world.
---Shiela on 11/12/06

Home schooling done properly is good. better than Public ed. actually. when did we get the idea that only gov't paid educators can educate our kids anyways? A parent that home schools should be aware of what is going on to let the kids know what is out there and also prepair them for college. I have several homeschooled friends and they were the best College students, because the parents were activly involved and got their kids involved in other things outside of the home.
---Jared on 11/11/06

That's true, but I have witnessed (not only w/neighbor 30 yr old 'boys'), that a Mother cannot be everything to a child. A Mother's exposure to life will not equal 12 years of many teachers. It will be safe and secure, but what about college? How prepared are they for the leap? Then comes the job market. Bullies, tyrants, etc., are all waiting for you there.
---Shiela on 11/11/06

I understand why a parent wants to home school. I know two intelligent 'kids', Mom was their only teacher. The daughter ran away at age 16 with a 32 yr old man. The son, a musical genius is now a janitor at the mall. Socially, he could not handle college.
---Shiela on 11/11/06

Shiela - but even with home schooling one can expose one's children to alternatives within a safe environment.
---laure5759 on 11/10/06

Schooling at home is a good example. You can create a shelter belt for children. When they're 30 or 40, maybe they'll test the waters, and eventually leave home. I have neighbors with two 30 somethings still living with Ma and Pa. They spend much of their day on the computer.
---Shiela on 11/9/06

Hard to answer. In nature if we control our environment too closely we lose the natural resistance our body builds up to germs. We can learn not to go where they are rampent without sequestering ourselves completely. I personally feel we should gird ourselves and our children with God's word and be in the world but not a part of it. If you don't show your kids what's out there, they will find out from those who may not guide them in God's protection. Too much antibacterial soap is not good...
---mikefl on 11/8/06

I know that, when I was a teenager, I read quite a lot of books on the New Age Movement, and on cults. I was curious, but I knew (so I thought) what I was doing. You see, my family came out of the New Age Movement. So I wanted to learn what it was about. It has helped me with chatting to people - both for and against - to provide a more balanced viewpoint.
---laure5759 on 11/8/06

My Mom never really stopped me reading stuff, but she made sure she was aware of what I was reading. In the end, I can say that she and I have very similar opinions on what is right and wrong, and what we do and do not like to read. But I'm sure it was a long, rocky road for her!
---laure5759 on 11/8/06

Jared and Phil the Elder both make good arguments. We cannot raise our kids in a bubble, free from exposure to the realities of life here in this sin filled world. We can help guide them in moral decisions and choices for rightousness as they grow and develop their own morality.
---Madison1101 on 11/7/06

I don't know if we need to censor, but we need to monitor. As parents we need to be activly involved in our childrens lives. so they can decide for themselves which way to go in their life. Eventually they will be exposed to all these "worldly" ideas, many kids get to college and leave the faith because their parents did not discuss these issues with them as they grew. Parenthood is hard, it's not for the weak. Parents must get involved and be open to discuss tough ideas with their kids.
---Jared on 11/7/06

I Think the concept you want to use is controlled exposure rather than censorship. Young people need exposure to different ideas to learn divergent opinions but in such a manor that they are always safe and free from the influence of people who might wish to exploit them
---Phil_the_Elder on 11/7/06

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Ok, but are we not supposed to endorse freedom of choice? After all, that is what God has given us, isn't it? So would it not be better to provide a balanced overview of the different worldviews/ethics etc?
---laure5759 on 11/7/06

If we allow exposure to different religions, ethical standards and morals, then we are not following the ways of the Lord God Jehovah and only His way is the right way. Jesus loves you with an everlasting love, He supplies all of your needs according to His riches in Glory in Christ Jesus, and like the disciples said, "You have the words of truth Lord, where would we go?" STICK WITH JESUS, HE IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH and the LIFE.
---Donna9759 on 11/7/06

Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
---Bruce5656 on 11/7/06

Parents should certainly be aware of what their children are reading, hearing, watching, and such.

Differences between what the child encounters and what you are trying to impart should be discussed.

But this is not the homogeneous world it was back when Dick and Jane were the most exicitng characters children would encounter in literature.

You cannot ensure your children won't be exposed to things you don't like.
---Jack on 11/7/06

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Yes we should and that does not just mean what comes into the house. We should be aware of what they are given to read or are shown in school also and speak up about anything not compatible with our beliefs. If it's wrong at home, it's wrong in school.
---Jemima_D on 11/7/06

If it is ungodly, stay away from it. Children should not be exposed to such things, nither should you.

I know a family that let there teenage daughter explore many religions, including witchcraft. She is now seeing shrink because she is troubled. Her step dad is a Mason. Go figure.
---Rev_Herb on 11/7/06

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