I recently read a thought-provoking article by Karl Faase on pollution. The article commented about how many people are concerned about pollution. Our air, water and land in many areas are polluted by toxic waste ruining our environment. Yet there is another form of pollution that much of our community fails to recognise. This is the toxic pollution of the minds of the men, women and children.
The article went onto say, “They allow their minds to daily be filled with rubbish that eats away at their hearts and souls. Whether it is music, social media, movies, video games, popular magazines or television, our community is awash with toxic material that impacts the way we think, act and respond.”
The Bible warns us to guard what we look at and focus on, because our hearts will be impacted. Pollution of our environment is a serious problem, but the pollution of our minds is no less a concern. As we approach life especially with holidays around the corner, how do you help your child to use technology wisely?
The school delivers educational programs to help students use ICT wisely, promoting safe and healthy use. It is essential that parents and the school work in partnership to promote wise use of ICT.
Do you know what apps your child is using on their smartphone?
Your child is online through many different applications and has access to all sorts of content. You as a parent need to help your child deal with the big issues in online safety, such as cyberbullying, online pornography, sending nudes and sexting, time online, gaming and unwanted contact. Two very common apps are Instagram and Snapchat.
Below are three resources that can help you navigate an online world:
* ReachOut.com Australia and Instagram Australia have partnered to create a Parents Guide to Instagram, which will help parents support teenagers to be happy and safe on social media. The parent guide gives you five great tips.
* Another site, Net-aware provides you information on Snapchat. https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/snapchat/
* Lastly, the Office of the eSafety Commissioner https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents provides tips and advice on helping your child have safe and enjoyable experiences online.
Finally, congratulations to all the Year 12 students for completing their HSC examinations this week. Year 12 students will now be able to relax and enjoy the celebrations. COVID restrictions have allowed for modified graduation and formal events to occur. Once other high school end of year events are finalised, parents will be informed of the details.
Yours in Christ,
‘In conclusion, my friends, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honourable.’