Many of us have smartphones now. Whether it's an iPhone, Droid, BlackBerry, or any other popular brand, there is likely at least one in your home.

There's so much that can be done on these phones, almost as much as a laptop or tablet. We can stay up to date on the news, get weather alerts, and urgent email messages. We can take great pictures with the high tech, built-in cameras and then upload them to every social media outlet there is.

There are many positive aspects to having a smartphone, but there are a few negative ones, too. Especially if you have a son or daughter. 

With instant access to, well, everything, it's easy to get carried away and spend too much time in the digital world. Playing games, messaging, texting, or writing status updates, the focus of the day often becomes the phone and what's on it.

That, alone, can have a negative impact on your children, but then what about those sites that are not kid friendly, like pornographic sites, or the texting that is not texting but sexting, or "meeting" someone that they don't know, that befriends them. These topics are not ones that we like to talk about. We think of them as embarrassing, or shameful, and even say "it's not going to happen in my family". But it can, and it does. If we turn heads or close our eyes, we are not protecting our children as we should. Especially our sons. Our daughters can get caught up in things, too, but our sons are more vulnerable to those sites that are visual. And once their eyes see those images, it's hard to take them away. They become ashamed of themselves or wonder more about what they saw, and the behavior continues. If our sons are afraid to come to us because of guilt, shame, or fear, they will have nowhere to turn, except to where we DON'T want them to turn.

Why am I talking about this subject. Because it seems to have infiltrated families I know, and the families of acquaintances I have. It can be in our homes without us knowing it. We must be diligent in protecting our sons, daughters, and even husbands. 
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An article I read from the MOB Society (For Mom's of Boys, by Mom's of Boys) addresses this subject well.

It's titled "Helping Boys Make Smart Choices on Smart Phones" and provides interesting ideas on how to protect our sons.

They are:
  • Utilize apps and software to keep your boy safe
  • Know their password
  • Have a phone curfew
  • Remember that cell phones are a privilege not a right
  • Take advantage of the benefits

These are wonderful ideas. I invite you to hop on over to their site to read their article and learn more about the different techniques we can do to protect our families.

Don't put your head in the sand on the negative aspects of smartphones (or the internet). As moms & dads, it is our responsibility to provide our sons and daughters with the same protection with their phone as we did when they were 2 and were playing outside at the park. We didn't take our eyes off of them because we didn't want them to get hurt. They may be older now, but they still need us to protect them from the harms that are out there, for as long as we can. Handing them a smartphone with no limitations is like handing them a loaded gun. Only instead of physically hurting themselves, they could hurt themselves emotionally and mentally. Which is an injury that could last a lifetime.

Thank you to themobsociety.com for posting this. It is a topic I have wanted to talk about but haven't yet. Please read their article when you have time. And drop me a note and let me know your thoughts.

Thanks :^)
 


Comments

02/12/2013 10:28

Great post. I have decided that my daughter's cell phone will not be a smart phone at this time. It's just too easy to get sucked in right now. Also I wanted to let you know that I have awarded you a Liebster Award. You can check out my blog for more information about it. http://diannaauton.com/2013/02/i-got-an-award/ (its to help drive traffic to each other's blogs)

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