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Human Trafficking

This is going to be a more grown-up blog than usual. And has a very outward focus…

Something that has always weighed huge on my heart was human trafficking, or sex trafficking. This is a practice started hundreds of years ago, and unfortunately still exists today. We, as a society  have been able to accomplish many great things – women given the right to vote, abolishing slavery in America, helping with clean water and food distribution in war-torn and impoverished societies. But, we’ve not solved the problem of sex slavery and human trafficking. This horrible problem comes down to our greatest human sin – selfishness. Because of selfishness, we desire money, power, and sex. And as humans, we would go through any lengths to get these things. So how can we address this problem?

“Over two hundred years ago, British Parliamentarian William Wilberforce tirelessly crusaded to protect innocent humans from forced bondage. His efforts led first to Britain’s abolition of the slave trade in 1807 and finally to a prohibition on slavery in 1833.

The United States ended slavery with President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the Civil War. Or so it would seem. By the beginning of the 20th century, President Theodore Roosevelt warned against the “white slave trade,” which involved the abduction and forced prostitution of young women and girls. Although Congress passed the Mann Act in 1910 forbidding the interstate transport of persons for immoral purposes, the forced prostitution of women and children continues in the United States – and globally – to this day.”

The definition of sex trafficking is:

a specific form of human trafficking in which a victim is induced by fraud, force or coercion to perform a sex act for payment. One common scheme to seduce women is to promise them jobs overseas as waitresses or domestic servants. Once out of the country and away from their family, traffickers take victims’ passports and subject them to beatings or rape to force them into their new “job.”

In the United States, victims of sex trafficking are often young girls who have run away from abusive situations at home and are quickly picked up by pimps who coerce them into prostitution by promising food, shelter or clothing. Pimps tighten their control over the girls by getting them dependent on drugs. Other recruiting methods include befriending vulnerable-looking girls at malls, movie theaters and even schools. The recruiter could be a young man posing as a doting boyfriend or another girl who appears to be friendly. (FOF)

Here’s some stats that I think might shock you:

Global

  • In January 2006, Interpol announced that human trafficking generates $32 billion annually.
  • The United Nations claims that the trafficking of human beings has surpassed the drug trade to become the second largest source of money for organized crime after the illegal arms trade.
  • The U.S. State Department estimates at least 600,000 to 800,000 human beings are trafficked across international borders each year. Numbers within national borders are much higher.
  • Among all trafficking victims, 80 percent are female and 50 percent are children.
  • Seventy percent of trafficking victims are forced into sexual servitude.
  • UNICEF reports that more than 1 million children around the world enter the sex trade every year.
  • Approximately 30 million children have lost their childhood to sexual exploitation over the past 30 years.

United States

  • An estimated 14,500 to 17,500 women and children are trafficked into the United States annually from other countries.
  • Congress reported its findings for the Trafficking Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 that between 100,000 to 300,000 American teens are at risk for sex trafficking annually.

Despite an estimated 100,000 to 150,000 sex slaves in the U.S., fewer than 1,000 victims have been assisted through the efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement since 2001, when services for trafficking victims were first made available. (FOF)

What can we do?

This is a had question to answer. When we look at stats like the ones above, we can become overwhelmed and get a huge feeling of helplessness. But, here’s some things we can do and some organizations that we can support:

– Educate your kids, families, and friends. The more people know about the secrecy of the sex trade, the better.

– Buy “fair trade” merchandise. What is “fair trade”? It’s merchandise made by people who were rescued from the sex trade or other difficult situations. Fair Trade means that the money you are paying goes straight to the maker of the merchandise. For example, if something costs $3…the person gets the profit (aside from the shipping cost). There is not a huge mark-up of the price from the retailer. https://admin.tenthousandvillages.com/index.php/storelocator/category/view/id/festival/ is a reliable fair trade retailer that’s been around for a long time. You can find others by searching “fair trade” online or asking your church about their knowledge of fair trade merchandise. (if you really like coffee, check this out – http://landofathousandhills.com)

– support organizations who are fighting to save people from the sex trade, and keep them out of the trade! here’s a few that I know of:

– PRAY! Those who are in the U.S. and other countries directly fighting trafficking by undercover operations are in a dangerous line of work. These people and their families need our prayers desperately!

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Why do people do bad things?

There was a lot of talk between the kids in our eXclaim service. And some of it was about Christmas. Some of it was about friends and toys and exciting things that kids usually talk about. But, most of what I heard this morning from our Kindergarten-sixth graders was – Did you hear about what happened in Connecticut? My family knew someone there! Why do people do bad things?

Whoa! What a deep question, why do people do bad things…and what a difficult question to answer for kids without a huge explanation about higher Theological ideas like the problem of pain or the fall of man. How do we address these problems with our kids at church? How do we talk about the horrible things that can happen in our world? How do we talk about tragedy?

So, I thought I would take the time to give the 1, 2, 3 of talking tragedy with kids. I used our curriculum’s blog (252 basics) to find the tips. You can use these when you can’t find the words to say, or you can go over this strategy when you have a training for your ministry lay leaders:

1. Remember that the parents are the primary teachers for kids. And different parents may have chosen to handle the subject differently. One kid in your group might know all the details while another may only know generalities. We need to respect the choice parents have made for their family. Do not review details, or allow a kid to review details with the rest of the group.

2. We always want our groups to be safe environments for kids to process tough issues. If one kid seems to have more questions or have a need to talk, find a way to pull that child to the side and let him share his feelings, thoughts or concerns. Then suggest you both talk with his parents together.

3. Just like adults, kids have a desire to want to do something to help. Let them write letters encouraging the kids of Sandy Hook Elementary. Lead them in prayer for the families and the survivors.

Also, you can simply tell them that, God is good. He will work through all things, good or bad. He didn’t make the bad things happen because those people were bad or needed punishment. Even though God is Good and Powerful, there are still bad people in this world who do very bad things.

Help your kids to pray for those who have known tragedy intimately. Encourage them to talk to their parents, and that it’s alright to be scared. But, teach them to remember – “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

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Finances…how to tame the beast!

There have been many great wars; the war of 1812, civil war, world wars 1 and 2. But families have been waging another war in recent years. That war is with their finances. You see, when your family operates without a financial strategy, when you don’t communicate to each other about money management or when you don’t trust that God will provide Sunday through Saturday, you inevitably set the stage for a financial defeat.

Consider this:

  • Only 1 in 5 people use a monthly budget.
  • Families carry 2.1 trillion in debt, up from 351.9 billion in the late 1970s.
  • About 50 percent the families surveyed spend $2,500 to $5,000 a month on debt payments.
  • Savings are at an all-time low, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Analysis. We tuck away only 1.2 percent of our income. (Focus on the Family)

Now let’s assume for a moment that your family has a realistic budget and a sound financial strategy. You’ve cut out the morning Starbucks run and weekly Amazon or Ebay purchases, and you are among the 22 percent of Americans who claims they waste no money. Still, after paying off expenses, your family is left with only pennies to spare. Despite your best efforts, saving for emergencies is out of the question.

If this sounds like your household, a change in tactics might be in order. Maybe it’s time to reevaluate spending habits for necessities like housing, food, transportation and insurance. Even small savings can add up over a year.

Another option is to examine your attitude.  Are your budget battles all-consuming, or are you embracing Christ’s instructions in Matthew 6:25: “Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?”

Maybe you’ve never developed a solid financial strategy. If so, sticking to a monthly budget is a good start, but it’s only the beginning. Wherever you place yourself on the money management scale, the following advice from Crown Financial Ministries may relieve some of the stress and help prepare you for financial battle.

I have a HUGE amount of student debt. In fact, I almost laugh at the statistic that says most college students leave college with about $25,000 in debt. I hold more than three times that much in college debt, and this does not include my husband’s college loan debt! Though it’s going to take us a very long time to pay it off, thankfully, though, it’s the only debt we hold.

We’ve decided to follow the Dave Ramsey plan for finances and I would suggest the same for your family. Even if you aren’t struggling financially, a plan like this could help your family substantially. Please go to Dave Ramsey’s Website to read about a plan to follow, books that can help you, and the way to set up a proper budget.

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There’s no monster under your bed

I used to be such a fearful child! I remember calling to my parents in the middle of the night, one of them usually ending up sleeping in my bed because I was too fearful to sleep alone. I was scared of everything; the dark, the possibility of a fire or storm, strangers, the possibility of people breaking into our home, my parents’ finances…you name it. I was scared of it. As I got older, I became less scared of those things and was more scared about divorce, death of a loved one, and failing in school.

After many years of studies and testing, Psychologists have discovered that distinguishing between fear and anxiety is often difficult in children. What is the difference? Fear is a response to a situation or a reaction to a set of circumstances (a neighbor’s dog), while anxiety is being worried about something that hasn’t happened yet or anticipating a possible outcome of a situation (a shot at the doctor’s office). Once parents realize this difference, they can better help their child cope.

Here are some tips from focus on the family:

  • The first and most important thing is to believe your child’s fear. Talking about and affirming the existence of their fear will help your child. But be careful not to over-talk the fear or express your own fears. If your child doesn’t want to discuss it, encourage them to write a fictional story about another person with the same fears or draw a picture of what could happen.
  • Fears can often be removed or reasoned through to a logical conclusion after evaluating reality. Make a plan of action if a mean dog comes too close. Practice on dolls the day before a visit to the dentist. Memorize certain Bible verses that fit your child’s fear (check out Psalm 27:1, Psalm 31:24 and John 14:27). The more independent your child feels, the smaller the fear can become. Some verses to work with:
  1. “The Lord is my light and my salvation;
    whom shall I fear?
    The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
    of whom shall I be afraid?” – Psalm 27:1
  2. “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!” – Psalm 31:24
  3. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” – John 14:27
  • Try to recognize your child’s signs of anxiety in order to quickly help. Some children may become introverted. Others will misbehave, and still others will have sleeping problems, headaches or stomach-aches.
  • Know the fine line between being a protective parent and being overprotective. Your child should feel safe but shouldn’t be so insecure as to never want to be alone. Shielding unpleasant situations is part of a parent’s responsibility, but children also must have the freedom to learn from their experiences and their mistakes.

In my childhood, I had to go to counseling and listen to relaxation tapes in order to calm my nerves and anxieties. It also helped that my parents were open to talking about my stress triggers instead of just brushing me off or telling me that my fears aren’t legitimate or valid.

If your child’s anxiety repeatedly interrupts their daily life, consider consulting a counselor, pediatrician or pastor for advice on minimizing these heart-pounding fears.

What do you do when your kids are scared? And, what were your fears as a child?

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Wanna Come to a Festival?

Our Church is having a Fall Festival on October 28th from 4pm-6pm! This would be a great time for your family to come together to have fun and do something festive for the Fall season. We are really excited about how the Festival planning has been going. You can expect:

  • petting zoo
  • games
  • food
  • music
  • prizes
  • pony rides
  • fire truck
  • trunk ‘n treat
  • bounce houses
  • obstacle course
  • costume contest
  • and it’s free!

If you live in the Indianapolis area, come to Trinity Church at 9709 Allisonville Rd Indianapolis, IN 46250 on October 28th from 4pm-6pm for a Great Time!

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Remembrance is a good thing.

On my way to the church this morning, I was listening to a radio broadcast, as I typically do. The announcers were talking about how it’s so much easier to forget about what happened on this day, more than a decade ago. They were talking about how we “just need to move on.” At first I agreed with them, but then I thought, “Why shouldn’t we remember such an important day in our country’s history?”

I remember September 11th, 2001. I was in 7th grade. I remember being in class when there was an announcement that all classes need to report immediately to the auditorium. Once we arrived, our principal told us that our country had been attacked, and that our parents had been notified that we were all going to be bussed to our homes immediately. That bus ride was probably the quietest bus ride that I can remember from my school career. I doubt that the other kids were quiet, but I know that I couldn’t hear anything aside from the frantic thoughts running through my mind. You see, my parents work for the Internal Revenue Service, a governmental department that people tend to dislike. And there were bomb threats at my parents’ offices all the time. Had it been their buildings that were destroyed?

As I walked in the door, both of my parents were sitting on the couch. They were watching a broadcast of the twin towers being destroyed. My parents explained that this had been a terrorist attack and that they had been sent home from work, picking up my baby brother from my grandma’s house on the way. There had been threats at my parents’ offices, and at Niagara Falls, the near-by natural wonder and power supply for a large amount of the United States.

As time unfolded, we heard about the Pentagon attack and the plane that grounded when people on board stood up for our country. I remember when anthrax was being distributed and how the “war on terror” started. That seems so long ago. I had to learn about the heartbreak of a country at such a young age. My brother doesn’t remember what this country was like before 9/11/01. He was too young. He doesn’t know what it was like to have your family waiting for you at the gate after a flight. Or how quick it used to be to go through security. Or what it was like to know no families where their kids were off to war.

Our country stood strong after the September 11th attacks. American flags were sold out of stores. You’d be hard pressed to find a house that didn’t have their flag soaring high. So many people lost loved ones. My parents lost some dear friends in the twin towers. We all lost our sense of safety and superiority.

But what have we lost since then? Has our attempt to forget the pain of the past caused us to lose our sense of country? Our sense of togetherness? Have we gone back to our superiority ideals and our obsession with our differences?

I think we all need to remember. Lamentations 3:20-23; “I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

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And they’re off…..to school again

I remember being 5 on the night before my first day of kindergarten. I was so anxious and scared for all of the uncertainties of being in school that I couldn’t sleep. I was put to bed at 9:00 (my parents always let me stay up later than the other kids), Called for my dad at 9:15, 9:30, 10:00, and on and on it went until I finally found my way into my parents room at midnight and slept on their bedroom floor next to the foot of their bed.

I woke up the next morning with a tummy ache and was sure that I wouldn’t make any friends. But, by the end of the day, I loved my teacher, had a bunch of friends, and decided that school wasn’t that bad of a place to be. I continued to become anxious at times and even doubted myself, but I never had too much of a problem.

I do wonder – how do our kids feel when they go back to school? I know some of the kids in my ministry are excited, some are nervous, and some seem to even be scared to go back to school – especially the kids who struggle with reading, writing, or making friends. I thought since school is right around the corner (especially for us in Indiana), I would take a look at some articles and think about how we can help our kids with different issues that they face in school.

A Practical Approach to Bullies:

Focus on the Family gives us some pretty good ideas on how to prepare your kids for bullying (let’s face it – it happened to all of us) and how bullying can be handled once it’s happened. Here are some ideas – role-play bullying situations, talk through the details of what bullying is or can be, and discuss strategies for kids in bullying situations (tell an adult, avoid/walk away, deflect/use humor, take a stand without becoming violent). Remind kids – “Be strong and courageous,” Moses encouraged God’s people (Deuteronomy 31:6). “Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Anxiety about school:

“The first thing you can do to help your children make it through “new school year anxiety” is to validate their feelings. Many kids can’t articulate why they feel apprehensive. Instead, they simply start showing physical signs of anxiety such as changes in eating and sleeping patterns, moodiness or irritation.”

Ask your children questions regarding their feelings about the school year starting. You might even ask what your children are most excited and most nervous about. Then, explain that it is normal to feel jitters before school starts. These feelings will most likely not be going away any time soon, but this will help kids acknowledge the feelings and get past them.

Struggles with academics:

You have a few options here. You could: 1- try to help your kids on your own, by making up fun and creative games to help them along – or- 2- you could get your kids professional help with teachers at their school or at another teaching or mentoring institution. And remember parents, just because your child is having difficulties in learning does not mean they are not intelligent or that they will always be behind. If you see your child struggling, get them help! Don’t ignore the problem and hope it goes away.

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We’re Having a Heat Wave

There’s a movie that my family used to watch all the time growing up – Grumpy Old Men. The opening scene is of a snowy and freezing town while we hear, “We’re having a heat wave. A tropical heat wave…” And in our neck of the woods, we really are having a heat wave in recent weeks.

We’re in central Indiana, and we’ve had heat warnings and no rain for quite some time now. I work with kids, so when there’s a heat advisory, pollution warning, or some other type of advisory due to weather that could threaten the health of the kids in my ministry, we typically stay inside. Now, I don’t know about your church, but here we have midweek programming on Wednesday nights…and I’m trying to figure out what our plan B is going to be for tonight since the heat index is at 107 degrees.

I decided to do some investigating, and found an article with some great ideas not only for your church, but for your homes as well. Here are some ideas for when your town doesn’t have a water ban (like ours does right now from the drought):

1.    Fill a wading pool with water, and create “splashdance” routines with friends.

2.    Instead of putting ice cubes in your lemonade, use frozen grapes and berries for a sweet twist.

3.    Play sponge tag! Whoever is It uses a soft, wet sponge to tag other players. (It cannot throw the sponge).

4.    Make a “Floating Water Lilies” centerpiece (instructions at HighlightsKids.com).

5.    Play ice checkers! Use 12 regular ice cubes and 12 cubes made with a grape frozen inside each one. Use chalk to draw a checkerboard on the sidewalk. To “king” a checker, place a penny on top of it. Play until the checkers melt!

6.    Make ice cube glue! Download instructions for this and other ice activities at Highlights.com/newsroom.

 I think we are going to stay in the air conditioning tonight and just preteen we’re in the water…you know, games like sharks and minnows and captain’s coming.
Here’s some information on safety during heat waves from RedCross.org:

❏ Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.

❏ Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.

❏ Eat small meals and eat more often.

❏ Avoid extreme temperature changes.

❏ Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light- colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.

❏ Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

❏ Postpone outdoor games and activities.

❏ Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.

❏ Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.

❏ Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.

❏ Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.

*And, if your or someone else is feeling some effects from the heat (any strange hot or cool sensations, dizziness, etc) get to a cool place, and if symptoms are extreme call 9-1-1.

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The Awkward Years

I have one sibling. Who is 10 years and some odd months younger than me. And it’s a boy. I have a twelve-year-old brother. We get along really well, considering our age difference…except he is entering into those awkward years of life. You remember them – weird body changes, noticing the opposite sex for the first time, wearing deodorant…all strange and awkward things.  In my mind, my brother is still a cute little five-year old that says my name funny and is more innocent than an angel at Christmas. In his mind; he’s a macho, brilliant, Olympic athlete and the ultimate ladies man. Would he tell you this? Of course not (well, except for the brilliant part…and he is pretty smart, I guess). So, how do I get this representation of my little brother? His friends. Preteens love to rat each other out.

Why am I sharing all of this? Because this stage in a kids’ life is undoubtedly the most trying and the hardest to get through without some sort of physical or emotional scars.

Being a Middle- Schooler (and my friends in the Mid West say Junior-Higher) is tough! In fact, sometimes it’s miserable. Kids start picking on each other for any reason they possibly can, classes are much more difficult, there are many more extra-curricular activities and requirements, and on top of all of this…your parents don’t understand you anymore. No wonder why so many kids get into serious trouble at this age!

Some statistics about things that preteens might get mixed up in (I love statistics):

  • A majority of teens (58%) do not think posting photos or other personal info on social networking sites is unsafe. They should read the news.
  • Nearly half of teens (47%) are not worried about others using their personal info in ways they do not want (although that represents a 10-percentage-point improvement over 2006). About half (49%) are unconcerned posting personal info online might negatively affect their future. (Most employers now do a search for their prospective employees.)
  • A large majority of teens (71%) have established online profiles (including those on social networking sites such as MySpace, Friendster and Xanga), up from 61% in 2006.
  • 69% of teens regularly receive personal messages online from people they do not know and most of them do not tell a trusted adult about it.
  • Teens readily post personal info online. 64% post photos or videos of themselves, while more than half (58%) post info about where they live. Females are far more likely than male teens to post personal photos or videos of themselves (70% vs. 58%).
  • Nearly one in 10 teens (8%) has posted his or her cell phone number online.
  • Overall, 19% of teens report they have been harassed or bullied online, and the incidence of online harassment is higher (23%) among 16 and 17 year-olds. Girls are more likely to be harassed or bullied than boys (21% vs. 17%).  
  • Parental awareness of their teens’ online activities has risen significantly. This year, 25% of teens say their parents know “little” or “nothing” about what they do online, down from 33% last year.
  • 41% of teens report their parents talk to them “a lot” about Internet safety (up five points over 2006), and three out of four say their parents have talked to them in the past year about the potential dangers of posting personal info. The level of parental involvement is higher for younger teens and girls, although it has increased across all age groups and both genders.
  • Teens whose parents have talked to them “a lot” about Internet safety are more concerned about the risks of sharing personal info online than teens whose parents are less involved. For instance, 65% of those whose parents have not talked to them about online safety post info about where they live, compared to 48% of teens with more involved parents.
  • Teens whose parents have talked to them “a lot” about online safety are less likely to consider meeting face to face with someone they met on the Internet (12% vs. 20%).

Check out this site for more!

There is a balance that you need to keep while parenting your preteens. Part of this is in my last blog, parenting. But, this article should really help you understand a bit more about what your child is thinking and seeing at this age.

Also in this stage, you may become more frustrated as a parent and want some parenting ideas or little things to help get you through the day. Moms, check this website out. Dads, this one is for you. And remember, you can always come to your church staff with questions. We’re here to come alongside you and help you to be the best parent that you can, training your child up into the person that God wants them to be!

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How can we keep our kids safe?

How many of your kids use the internet? All of them, right? Well, more and more frequently, children and teens are put into dangerous or threatening situations because of ads, social media sites, and gaming networks. If your child has a research project at home and accidentally types “.com” instead of “.org” for many government agencies, they are linked to pornographic sites.

You might even be putting your child in danger by the activity that you participate in on the web. There are some steps that need to be taken to insure our kids’ safety on the internet. But first, I know you’re thinking “this can’t happen to me or my kids” so, let me give you some statistics (from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children):

– 1 in 3 teens (12-17) have experienced online harassment.

– 27% of teens (12-17) play games with people they don’t know online.

– 1 in 25 youths received an online sexual solicitation where the solicitor tried to make offline contact (to put that into perspective, we have an average of 50 kids coming through KidZone each week… that means statistically, 2 of them will be solicited online each week.)

Aren’t those statistics scary? It seems like every new and great piece of technology comes along with a scarier danger. What can we do to keep harmful people away from our kids? Well, there are a few things, but the first and most important thing is – BE EDUCATED. A lot of times I see parents letting their children surf the internet without even knowing what sites they visit or having protection set up on their computer! Know that there is danger online, from even the most seemingly innocent websites like YouTube.com or AddictingGames.com and that there are people trying to solicit and harm our kids.

To become more educated on this issue, there’s a great site called “Enough is Enough” – Protecting your family

Next – Protect yourself so your kids are protected. These three things can keep your kids, and yourself protected:

1 – Set all of your social media sites (Facebook and MySpace) to “private”. If you don’t do this; Anyone and Everyone will be able to see your pictures, your posts, your likes, and any personal information that you share (where you’re picking up your kids, what friend they are spending the night with, what park you’re going to….and the list goes on and on).

2 – Go into the settings of your SmartPhone and turn your location settings “off” at least for the photo section. Here’s why – NBC news

3 – Create safety settings on not only your computer, but on your router at home. This will automatically protect your computer from pornographic sites, extremely violent sites, and pop-ups that might come up in front of your kids’ eyes. Here’s what you can do for a free (and this is what I use at my house – thanks, Pastor Mike!) – This Website explains it better than I could

How do I know what I’m talking about? Do you still think that you don’t need to take measures to protect yourself online? Well, you may notice that my husband and I don’t have Facebook. It’s not because we aren’t social people. It’s because we were harassed via email (which we had to change) and Skype (which we don’t have anymore) because someone found our information on Facebook – and we weren’t even kids when this happened! We were young adults! It was hard enough for us when this happened. But I can’t even imagine what it would be like for a kid who didn’t know what to do to fight back and protect themselves.

So Please take this seriously. Protect your family!

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