What can parents do to protect their children while online or using apps and social media?
If children are using a computer today, they will be exposed to sexually explicit images at some point even if they aren't looking for them. Because media and the internet are saturated with sexualized images and themes, discussing their proper use with our kids, who need our protection, is the first place to start.
- Develop trusting relationships with your kids.
- Nurture a life of virtue and prayer within them; pray as a family.
- Consider using monitoring and blocking software; these can help parents navigate the use of internet-capable devices, once a child is ready for them.
- Know what happens at school, their friends' homes, the library, etc.
Learn the facts about the dangers, make a plan, pray, and make your plan a reality for the sake of your children and their future.
Register for the free, 7-Day Safe Haven Challenge for Parents by texting SAFEKIDS to 66866.
For more resources like the Safe Haven Challenge visit our diocesan page at Clean Heart Online.
For more information check out the Tools for Parents from the Family Life Office in the Diocese of Lincoln.
For resources and ideas on how to help your children, see the Parent's page at Integrity Restored.
Take our confidential survey "Is Your Family Safe?" and receive customized recommendations.
What is Safe Haven Sunday? Safe Haven Sunday is a weekend within the liturgical calendar selected by the diocese to directly address the harms of pornography and to provide resources to support and protect individuals, marriages, and families in overcoming pornography and making their homes safe. Safe Haven Sunday is designed as an annual initiative to occur in the life of the diocese on a selected weekend to educate on the harms of pornography. This year’s theme is Equipping the Family, Safety Through Connection.
This is a weekend that is initiated by the diocese, and the Bishop requests that the parishes implement this weekend by reading Bishop's letter to families and by distributing the prayer cards provided. Parishioners may also access this year’s educational resource e-book, Connected: How Strong Family Relationships Lead to Internet-Safe Kids. Parents are also encouraged to sign up for the free seven-day text-to-opt-in program, available in English and Spanish, by texting “SAFEKIDS” to 66866, which will provide practical tips that adults can take to create safer digital environments.
Safe Haven Sunday resources and materials are provided by Covenant Eyes. Covenant Eyes is a company committed to creating faith-based resources that foster the virtue of chastity and the tools to overcome pornography use and addiction. Its flagship service is Internet Accountability and Filtering. Safe Haven Sunday is one of the many resources Covenant Eyes has developed to assist U.S. dioceses and parishes to implement the USCCB’s November 2015 formal statement, Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography.
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