Posts Tagged pornography

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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2014 Tech Buying Guide

If Christmas weren’t daunting enough, the overwhelming amount of tech ads (especially on Black Friday) can be enough for any parent to throw in the shopping towel. Given the massive amounts of technology available for our children, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with all the choices. Our goal is to take out some of the mystery of available technology, especially the ones most promoted for gifts during the next few weeks. While you’ll see a lot of sales on these items, it’s important to be informed about what exactly you’re buying for your kids. Read on. Tablets Cheaper, lighter weight and generally trendier (think fun cases and multi-colored keypad options) than laptops or traditional desktops, tablets like the ones listed above are often considered great gifts for children and teens. It’s important for you to realize that a tablet is capable of doing anything a computer does, and because […]

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Tracking Christian Sexual Morality in a Same-Sex Marriage Future

by  Mark Regnerus   | As mainline Protestant denominations increasingly accept the ordination of gay clergy and publicly affirm same-sex unions, the sociologist in me wishes to understand what this development means for people in those denominations. I’m not talking about subtle linguistic shifts. While the difference between speaking of marriage as a “civil contract between a woman and a man” and as “a unique commitment between two people” is obvious to those who pay attention to church documents, the impact of such changes on congregants’ attitudes and internalized paradigms—their hearts, I suppose—is seldom considered. What is the sexual and relational morality of Christians who accept the moral legitimacy of same-sex marriages? Some questions naturally arise. Does adultery mean the same thing for both same-sex and opposite-sex unions? Does it make sense to speak of premarital sex in such a context? Historically, the fear of pregnancy was enough to scare many […]

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“LOOK AWAY” – 3 Ways To Keep Your Teens From Porn

  In the world we live in today, it’s a likely reality that your children will inevitably see porn one day – but whether or not they take a second look, or ever seek it out, is a decision only they can make. There is so much you as a parent can do to equip them to make the choice to look away. Here are our top 3 things every parent needs to do with their teens. 1. Teach them to avoid soft porn 2. Study the effect pornography has on the brain 3. Dialogue Soft porn How do you define soft porn? Partial sexuality and nudity. It’s literally everywhere. This includes some of the newest Guess brand ads, teen flick sexual encounters and even the lyrics of roughly half the top 40 songs charting the billboards. The trouble with soft porn is quantity and availability, and that it’s a precursor […]

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Why Dylan Farrow Impacts You

Maybe you’ve read Dylan Farrow’s open letter to her adopted father, Woody Allen. Or very possibly, passed by it as just more celebrity gossip and drama. Yet this situation is different, because it shows a very real dynamic in the entertainment industry that you need to be aware of. Often we forget there are real people behind the movie sets, glamour and lights of the red carpet. It would be easy to write off Hollywood as a corrupted industry, and be thankful we aren’t a part of that world. But what if Katy Perry was the daughter you raised in the church, loved and cared for? What if it was your child who was abused at the hands of one of these hurting celebrities? It’s important for us not to become calloused as Christians, self-righteously turning down our noses at the sins of others. Why you should take notice of […]

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Miley Cyrus and the Moral Gag Reflex

De-Pornifying Culture By:  John Stonestreet | Published:  January 7, 2014   Looking at culture, it’s tempting to give up in despair. As the dad of little girls, for example, when I see the relentless objectification of women by celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, I’m tempted to think that any attempt in what William Wilberforce called a “reformation of manners” is futile. It seems that instead, in the words of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, we have to “define deviance down.” But lately, there have been encouraging signs. It’s too soon to call it a “reformation of manners” but a backlash to what one recent author called our cultural vulgarity is already asserting itself—not via the boycotts of angry culture warriors but by some of the unlikeliest cultural allies in politics, the media, and the music industry. For example, several celebrities have spoken out who’ve been repulsed by the shameless pornification of “entertainers” such as […]

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Stranger Danger

I’ll never forget our conversation. We were snugly sipping hot tea at my kitchen table. Night was falling as blizzard snow fell from thick Cumulus clouds. While our children played nearby, we swapped stories from our journey of motherhood, laughing at how precocious our kids were even as toddlers. The conversation turned serious – my friend’s eyes grew sad, and I knew something was wrong.  “with Kelley growing and being 8 and all, I sat down with her last week to share with her about her body changing” she began. My friend shifted in her seat and continued, her gaze far off. “She closed up. Freaked out. She was scared. Scared. Why would my daughter be afraid of this topic?”. My wise friend went on to tell me she had gone to her daughter’s room and grabbed a Barbie doll. “Holding her doll up, I asked her to point to […]

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The Mobile Device Guide

Devices Welcome to the next generation! We are no longer surrounded by little machines that simply maintain the distance connection from kids to mom and dad. Today is the age of the small and surprisingly powerful smartphones. If you have decided to only allow “dumb phones” in your home, there are some basic cell phone concepts and considerations you can implement. If your family has a collection of phones that do everything except the dishes – read on! Cell Phones (the simple ones) What you and your children need to know about cell phones: Our culture has a strong love/hate relationship with cell phones. Although we love being connected all the time, with the world at our fingertips- we also hate the constant attachment, lack of time being “unplugged” and the negative connotations that have bombarded young people through this relatively small, seemingly harmless device. If your child has a […]

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Internet 101

It can’t be escaped. It’s in almost every coffee shop, corner shop and barber shop these days. Not to mention the fact that over 84% of americans have it wirelessly available in their home. Internet. However, like any tool, it can be used for good! Keep scrolling for a list of all the programs we have tested and recommend at GOV. As always, feel free to jump in on the conversation and let us know what solutions you’ve found in your family for monitoring or filtering your internet consumption. Programs We Recommend Below you’ll find our top software and filtering program picks for the internet. Click on the pictures below to find out more information. Plus, when you follow the links to purchase these services from this page, you are helping to support our ministry! A small percentage of the proceeds from these sales goes to support our non-profit, volunteer […]

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A Parent’s Guide to Video Games

Video Game Hints for Parents: As our culture marches forward into the technology age, video games are becoming an increasingly volatile influence among young people. We as parents need to be asking the same questions and use the same caution about video games as we do movies and television programs: What is the motive of the person who made this game? What is he/she trying to portray in this game? Is this game going to be a good influence on my children, or is it going to teach them something that is harmful? Is playing this game a good use of my child’s time? Keep in mind that video games are everywhere! If your children have access to the internet, they have access to video games. It may seem like a daunting task to try to be the gatekeeper between all things video games and your children, but with God’s […]

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