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?