My son is a typical middle school “tween” who knows all about the latest in online technology. He has limited online access, we own various Wii games and we just allowed him to use a cell phone. He mainly uses it to text with his friends.
But I worry. Often.
We allow him to be online and play video games only during the weekends. Similar to my parents with television, we do not let new media interfere with his schoolwork, which at his age is still based on paper, pencils and books.
And this summer, he learned how to whittle when we went camping in Wyoming. Without the computer, television or Wii, he read six books, five more than me!
But I still worry. Will online and technology media overwhelm his young mind? I dread the day he first visits an online porn site. Sites that are not like the magazines my brothers were exposed to when they were teens. Yes. Absolute dread.
Pray for him. And pray for his worrying mom.
Your Family and the Internet article from St. Anthony Messenger magazine
Breaking Free of the Web: Catholics and Internet Addiction book from St. Anthony Messenger Press