Seven ways to help screen culture’s impurities from your children’s minds
By Clem Boyd at at MomSense
By the time a child graduates from high school, she’s watched 22,000 hours of TV. That includes 16,000 televised homicides and 640,000 commercials, according to J. Kerby Anderson, national director of Probe Ministries. Add to that thousands of hours of music, Internet, video games, and telephone usage. That’s a lot of information streaming into our kids’ minds, and most of it is at odds with our Christian values.Because of this, many parents resort to blocking channels, prohibiting certain music, and installing Internet filters, which all work well. But unless you can figure out a way to shield your kids from all forms of media and outside influence, sooner or later your child will come face to face with the questionable messages this world has to offer.If you really want to get through the maelstrom of information swirling in your kid’s head, start talking about yourself, especially moral failures.Believe it or not, this isn’t a new problem. Paul was talking about this way back in Romans 12:2 when he wrote, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”He recommended Roman Christians use the same thing that can help screen impurities from your children’s minds: a moral filter. This is a set of beliefs firmly implanted in your mind that helps you evaluate behavior, beliefs, and ideas and respond to these in a way that brings honor to God.So how can we help our children develop minds that think in moral ways? Here are seven suggestions:
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