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Internet: Protecting the Innocent

June 21, 2010

We all should know by now that the Internet is growing and changing constantly. More and more is added every day.

Do you know what is being added?

“Web sites related to the online role-playing games (RPGs), such as World of Warcraft; Final Fantasy and Grand Theft Auto 4, have grown by more than 212 per cent in the first three months of 2010.  Web sites that contain violence have grown by 10.8 per cent, terrorism content by 8.5 per cent, and illegal drugs purchase by 6.8 per cent.”

Internet shopping has grown by 9 per cent this year.

This information comes from a new report published by Optenet.  (News report available at http://www.thinq.co.uk/2010/6/16/over-third-internet-porn/)

With all the retail sites, informational sites, blogs, RPGS, etc. the most alarming statistic to me was that over one-third (37%) of the Internet is now pornographic. One in three pages!

We talk about issues like child abuse, domestic violence, human trafficking, divorce, addictions, and inappropriate online content, but how do we get things under control when one-third of the total Internet has already reached this unacceptable content?

Internet filtering software and accountability is critically important! Even if this is not an area of temptation in your life, you will be exposed to it if you are not protected. Do it for your spouse, your children, your future spouse, your grandchildren, your friends of the opposite gender.

I used to manage Internet filtering for a large school district and I know how unhealthy the content of these sites can be. I worry about the impact on our children, and what they are being exposed to. While Internet filtering is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself, we need to care for others. We need to educate, train, empower, cultivate healthy attitudes, and support efforts to make a change.

The issue at its heart is not about the pornography, but about the lives it affects.

  • It is about the men and women trapped in a lifestyle that is hurting them.
  • It is about people who are controlling others and forcing them to do things they do not want to do.
  • It is about men, women, and children that are being dehumanized and seen as a commodity.
  • It is about people who are becoming addicted to visual images that do not fill and bring life to their hearts.
  • It is about God’s creation (the body) being seen in a way that twists and distorts God’s purpose for it.

The Internet has brought the reality of this industry into the privacy of the home. It is creating a culture of secrecy, seduction, and slavery like never before in history.

What are practical ways you have found to be involved with protecting yourself, helping friends/family, and making an impact to educate and/or stop these issues from growing?

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