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4 Reasons You MUST Talk to Your Kids about 50 Shades

  With the 50 Shades of Grey movie releasing soon (a worldwide release date of 13 February), our culture is ablaze with controversy and debate over sexual issues once again. But this one is a little different than controversies of the past. 50 Shades takes pornography – particularly a violent and abusive form of sex – and glorifies it. People (women in particular) are falling for it on an alarming scale. Even Christians are succumbing to the enticement of 50 Shades. In short, it, and the topic of BDSM, is in our faces now like never before. “BDSM is an acronym for Bondage, Dominance, Sadism, and Masochism. In psychiatry, the terms sadism and masochism describe a personality type characterized by a person deriving pleasure and gratification from inflicting physical pain and humiliation. The terms specifically refer to one who either enjoys giving pain (sadist) or one who enjoys receiving pain (masochist).” This definition is from Pulling Back the

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How to know if a movie is OK for your kids

“But MOM, Jenna’s allowed to watch it!” How many times have we as parents heard that one? More times than we care to count. Helping our kids understand our reasoning behind limiting their movie choices is not out of unhealthy control, but out of love. A desire to shield them from inappropriate sexual content, crude humor and terrible morals are only a few of the reasons we pay attention to what they watch. For more information on the effects of media content on our kids and what you can do about it, we suggest Guardians of Purity. Here are a few broad guidelines by Julie Hiramine (based on her talk: “Through the Eyes of a Child”). Julie did large amounts of research on children’s brain development, and the way they interpret movies. These guidelines are based on her findings. For Ages 2-7, look for movies that have: Straightforward plots Inspirational stories with

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Quick Tips on Tech

#1 – Unplug the internet whenever you leave the house or go to bed #2 – Install monitoring software for your older kids, and filtering software for your younger kids (1/3 of all websites are pornographic) #3 – Turn in all electronics before bed (make a list of every device that has internet access capabilities) #4 – Keep the screen in a main room #5 – Use a dock for music #6 – Watch/play it before you let your kids #7 – Set time limits #8 – Have a “parent standing by” rule whenever your kids need to search on the web (younger kids should use a child-safe search engine like Kids Yahoo Search) #9 – Contact your cell service provider and discuss parental controls #10 – Read up on iPod parental controls (Good tips here) #11 – Set pass-codes on your tech gear (iPad, iPod touch, computer, etc) #12 –

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