Block iPod Porn!
iPods are neat devices – They can play music, videos, games and many other things. My 9 year old son received one for his birthday. He loves to make zombie movies and chase the cat or dog around the house. His favorite music on loaded onto it and he loves rocking out to tunes from Skillet and Kutless.
Just tonight, I was doing homework with him and grabbed his iPod to check out what apps he had and what else he was doing with it. I went into Safari and found about 9 open windows – not unusual. I also browsed his internet history. I was a bit shocked. It seems that he did a search today on ‘girls in bikinis’ and another on ‘naked girl pictures’.
Now, given my history I’m starting to think “Oh Lord, He is starting on this now”. I was pleased to find that in his search for the naked pictures, he hit an Open DNS blocked site page. Yea! On the bikini girl search he only got as far as a mild photo in the google image essearch. Great! I calmly asked him if he searched for that stuff and after some studdering and stammering, he said him and his friend did the search this afternoon. I told him that he should stay away from those searches and internet sites. He did not really see anything, so I don’t have to explain any images to him!
The next thing I did was install Covenant Eyes for iPhone & iPod. We are big users and proponents of Covenant Eyes (you can read my covenant eyes review here). It works by becoming the browser for the iPod when you lock out Safari. Please stay tuned for my upcoming full review of the covenant eyes app for iPhone & iPod. After securing his iPod, my wife and I need to discuss how and when I need to sit him down and talk a bit more in depth about sex and women. He is only 9, but these days that may be the right time to get to them and give them a biblical view of sex.
What did I learn from this? First off, I am glad Open DNS blocked the porn site that was supposed to load! Second, I was not doing my parental job to secure his iPod sooner! Even though it has been a month, I should have loaded the covenant eyes on there sooner. If he had been subjected to viewing porn, I would only have myself to blame. I don’t want him falling into the same traps I did as a young boy. He has the potential to be a man of God with the correct view of sex and women, without the distorted view I had.
Thank God another crisis avoided! You cannot tell me that we are not under attack in this society! Read about our first attack and crisis avoided; when an 8 year old receives a Playboy offer in the mail.
Please leave comments below- Have you had a similar experience? When did you have the talk with your child?