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“Porn-key” Kids

by Craig Gross on September 13th, 2013 in The Haps

If you are over thirty you probably are familiar with the term “latchkey kid.” A latchkey kid, for those of you who aren’t, is “a child who returns from school to an empty home because his or her parent or parents are away at work, or a child who is often left at home with little or no parental supervision.” (Wikipedia)  This term got thrown around a lot back in the eighties as part of a big public awareness campaign but isn’t quite as much the hot topic these days.  The problem with latchkey kids, obviously, is that they are often left to fend for themselves without any form of supervision or hedge of protection.  Of course, this is still a real issue for many homes but in this modern era we have a whole new generation of kids who are finding themselves in this same problematic situation when it comes to their online life.  I call these children and teens “porn-key” kids.

It’s shocking to me how many parents let their kids go online on a regular basis with little or no supervision.  Basically, many dads and moms just find it easier to send their kids to a computer, or tablet, or media player than actually spending time investing in their lives.  Hey, I get it.  Raising children while maintaing a career, AND a home, AND a marriage can be super difficult … draining to say the least.  However, the way we deal with that reality should not be to pawn our kids off on the Internet … especially without some form of supervision or protection!  The Internet is basically the wild wild west and our kids are plunging into it without any horse, gun, or even cowboy hat.  Listen … the Internet is an awful babysitter and even a worse parent.  As we find ourselves in this back to school time we know that things will get stressful.  Make a commitment to not do the easy thing and pawn your kids off on the computer.  That being said, if you do for any reason AT LEAST make sure you have some type of filtering software in place that will help screen out some of the crap.

Watch this video we put out a little while back.  It’s pretty funny but really gives you a good picture of what can happen when the Internet plays mom or dad. 

 

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  • I was “porn-key” kid for sure. That was the age before computers, internet, etc. but my mom had put passwords on our cable. It should have been a safe environment, but my older brother brought porn in the house. Old school magazines. And that porn soon became my babysitter on a daily basis. And my parents never knew. By the time the internet came along, they got us filtered internet, but as we know, filtering is only so good. I was still able to access porn on a regular basis.

    But in this day and age where internet porn is so prevalent, it’s even easier for kids to get entangled in a world they are not prepared to handle. With filtering and accountability software readily available, there’s no reason why parents (or teachers/faculty at schools for that matter) can’t better protect their kids from what’s online.

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    I think it’s funny how Ron Jeremy was part of this– the wolf dressed up in sheep’s clothing is what I thought of. God bless you, Ron. Jesus loves you. Never forget that.

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