As parents raising children, we have to admit that we are facing a cultural and social storm that is undermining parental authority.
I was born in the mid 1970s and raised in the 80s. However, in the last 20 years life has been moving at a lightning speed.
Too many world-changing discoveries as well as mind-blowing technology have literally transformed the world in a day.
We must raise our children amidst competing voices from the television, Internet, radio and other bodies of knowledge. There is an overdrive of information that just makes my head spin.
There is a newsletter about pregnancy that I subscribe to, I just have to make one click to read a story about nausea in pregnancy and it will give me 100 links to other stories with a related topic.
Let me make a mistake of clicking suggested link and I will have other 200 hundred stories I could read. Many times I just have to shut down the computer to escape from it all.
Now, picture a 12-year-old who has been given a research topic with the word ‘sex’ in it. For example “what determines the sex of a baby?
Picture the option links that the 12- year-old would be given and even seduced to read.
Depending on the search engine, they will give a variety of options. The options will include how to have sex with a man or woman, how to have sex the first time. So imagine this young imaginative mind being enticed to make clicks.
Let him or her make a mistake to click any one link and then it will lead him or her to hundreds of stories of people narrating their sexual experiences. Your child has to be tough to resist the lure of looking at pornography.
As a parent you are competing with those voices. They are speaking as we speak, they are advising as I advise and most times they will call me old-fashioned.
Therefore, for a child to resist looking at pornography, it has to come from within.
It has to come from the values that this child has been taught right from childhood.
We must, as parents, rise up to the challenge of the generation. Build children up to face the challenges and the lures of their generation.
The question is having you build up your child’s values to handle and resist even such luring temptations even where you are not?