15 Family Ground Rules for Internet Safety

15 family ground rules to protect your kiddos while online!

I am super excited about today’s guest post!  Today you will have the honor and privilege to hear for the authors of www.stickyjesus.com, @TamiHeim and @tonibirdsong.  Tami and Toni launched @stickjesus to inspire and equip believers for such a time as this!  They are committed to providing inspiration, tools and resources that demystify social media and enable believers to connect, influence, and live their faith–in real time–online.

Tami & Toni, thank you so much for posting today!  So, here is @stickyjesus…

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. – Psalm 32:8

The Internet introduces challenges for a Christ-centered family.

Access to information is 24/7 and with multiple points of entry it requires responsible parents to map out boundaries, set examples, and monitor activity.

Why? Because as long as there are people on the earth, evil will always find his way in and put a flag in the ground.  If not properly monitored, the online world can be a streaming channel where hate, sex, sin, and division go viral in seconds and find residence in your homes and hearts.

In the book, @stickyJesus; How to Live Out Your Faith Online, we focus most of our conversation on how a Christians can use Internet activity for God’s good purposes and glory. But we must keep it real and want to equip believers with specific ways to stay clear of the online danger zones.  Here’s what we recommend:

15 Family Ground Rules for Internet Safety

  • I will honor God in what I post, share, download, or upload to the Internet.
  • I understand that nothing is ever private on the Internet. What I post can potentially reach beyond my circle to thousands of people.
  • I will not make racial slurs, curse, make fun of others, or pass on photos or videos could embarrasses or humiliate another person.
  • I will speak up if I see bullying taking place online in my social networks. I will share concerns with parents and together, we will find a solution.
  • I will not post photos of myself that Jesus would not be proud to carry in His wallet.
  • I will never give out personal information such as my last name, address, or phone number. I will not give out the name of my school, city,  and family.
  • I will not post where I am going, or share the day-to-day activities of my family online.
  • I will never meet an online “friend” in person. If anyone asks to meet with me off line, I will tell my parents immediately!
  • If anyone uses bad language or talks about things that make me feel uncomfortable, I will immediately log off and tell my parents.
  • I will not click on a page that says, “For Over 18 Years Only.”
  • I will not send pictures or videos of myself, or my family, without permission.
  • I will not sign up for a social network without a parent’s approval nor I will not change the settings for my computer, my username, or my password without permission.
  • I agree to follow the time limits that our family sets and not let the Internet take away from homework, physical activity, face-to-face interactions, church, or family time.
  • I will follow these family rules when I’m at my friends’ houses, the library, or at school.
  • I agree that my mom or dad can read my e-mail, check the Web sites I have been visiting, and check my mobile activity at any time to make sure I am safe.

If you find this list useful, you can download it for free, discuss it as a family,  ask everyone sign it, and display it in the most appropriate place(s) in your home. Whether you use this approach or not, we strongly encourage you to make safe and God-honoring Internet use a priority in your home.

How are you protecting your family from the dangers that exist online?

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Author: ChrisSprad

Chris Spradlin (AKA Sprad) is passionate about Jesus, he doesn’t drink coffee, is bald, has a chinhawk, lives in Edmond, OK., loves to fly fish and snowboard. He has been married to his smoking hot wife Jodie for 18 years and they have 3 kiddos also known as Team Sprad. Chris if the founder of EpicParent.tv and has been in ministry for 20 years. He has served as a Pastor and Team Teacher with Craig Groeschel at LifeChurch.tv and currently serves on the Executive Team and a Team Teacher at the multisite NewHopeChurch.tv. You can find Chris on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

6 thoughts on “15 Family Ground Rules for Internet Safety”

  1. Thanks for inviting us to post!

    I would love to hear about any new and creative things parents are doing to guide their children’s Internet activity. The Internet touches and impacts our lives in ways I think few of us fully understand. I believe it’s one of the most urgent parenting priorities of our day. I strongly encourage ALL parents to join this conversation. The wisdom of many is needed.

    Thanks Chris for giving this topic a voice on your blog today.

  2. Currently I put my children online to the right site they want to use. I check intermitantly that they are on the site I put them on. We also have guards against them viewing anything untoward. They have learnt the dangers about online activity from school so listen to what I say.

    1. Naomi – Good for you that you have a strong awareness and are placing some boundaries around the time and use by your children. I did the same thing with my daughter when she was young. There weren’t social networks at the time – most people were meeting in different chat rooms. I never let her go into one without me!

      I am also pleased to see that control and guardian software is becoming more and more available.

      Thanks for sharing and taking responsibility for this issue with your children.

    2. great stuff Naomi! I have learned that too much time online for my kiddos, zaps their creativity! I love technology and all that can be done w/ it…but it also thwarts my kids ability to create and innovate at times.

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