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Do You Know Where Your Children Are?

February 15, 2013
Three young boys interacting with a tablet computer device

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Parents have unknowingly put their children in harm’s way by not understanding the risks associated with these communication devices.

Can you always answer the familiar question “Do you know where your children are?” The question is no longer easy to answer, even if they are sitting just a few feet away. You can change that with a new NGJ service that will address the problems with kids and their phones. According to a new study from Nielsen, kids have gone mad with texting, data usage, and application downloads on their mobile devices. Nielsen analyzed the mobile data habits and surveyed more than 3,000 teens during April, May, and June of 2012. The numbers are staggering! Teen females sent an incredible 4,050 texts per month, while teen males send an average of 2,539 texts.

The primary reason parents provide their children cell phones is for safety! Yet parents have unknowingly put their children in harm’s way by not understanding the risks associated with these communication devices. The immaturity level of children means they do not ascertain threats or have enough discipline to limit usage, and most parents have no idea how dangerous unlimited access is.

Jesus said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Evil is walking through an open door (your child’s mobile device) and stealing children away with intent to destroy.

What Is the Solution?

Starting May 1, 2013, we will be providing a service that will allow you complete control of everything going into and out of your child’s mobile device. The service will provide parents the ability to:

  • Manage up to 10 different devices, including phones and tablets.
  • Locate your child remotely using his/her phone’s GPS.
  • View calls and texting logs to make sure your kids are not talking to an unknown person.
  • Restrict Internet surfing to only approved sites. For example, you may say no to specific websites with unsuitable themes, language, or pornography.

The service will also be enhanced over time, including features like:

  • 24 hour tracking, which allows you to view a log showing where your child has been over the time frame of your choosing.
  • Geo-fencing—setting rules based on geography. For example, if a child should be in school between 8 am and 4 pm and he/she leaves the protected area outside of the geo-fence, you will be notified via text message and email.
  • Content filtering, allowing parents to restrict specific content across the Web, not just restrict specific sites.
  • Support for additional mobile platforms.

In May the service will be made available free for 30 days with a simple download. The cost after the trial is $49.95 per year, covering up to 10 phones or tablets per family. You pick the 10 devices you want to protect. For additional information or to get your free trial, contact us.

It is time to shut the door and lock it and to keep the thief from accessing a door leading directly to our children’s hearts and minds. “My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion” (Proverbs 3:21).

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6 comments on “Do You Know Where Your Children Are?”

  1. I disagree with this idea. Not every child or teen is an evil person who looks at porn, and assuming that the devil is using mobil devices to ensnare youths is just plain unreasonable. I think that the kind of control that you encourage parents to assert is unhealthy and damaging to a child's emotional health.

    1. I was not an evil child, yet when very young I was exposed to hard core pornography through a tool of the devil. Who else but the devil would inspire such filth and depravity and make it easier and easier for our children to see? I don't care how pure a child is, when there is exposure to pornography whether by accident or through the evil of someone else, it will affect them for the rest of their lives. They will be tempted to look at more and they will forever remember what they saw. The purpose of these measures is to protect the young mind from the plans of our "enemy, the devil, who prowels about as a lion seeking whom he may devour". My emotional health was not damaged because I didn't have unfettered access to computers, phones and the world wide web, but my emotional health was forever scarred from the first moment I was exposed to porn. Those memories haunt me more than any other abuse and hardship I endured. Obviously the devil doesn't need mobile devices to destroy the minds of our children, no more than I need a car to get to town. But it sure is quicker and a lot more convenient.

    2. The article does not say that every child or teen is an evil person who looks at porn. Most children that are exposed to pornography are introduced to it either intentionally or accidentally. Protecting children in this way from possible exposure is no different than protecting them from the dangers of driving until they are old enough and mature enough to trust driving. Even then, most parents and states have restrictions on young drivers until they gain experience. Any invention that can be used for good can be also utilized for evil. Communication and information devices are no different.

  2. This is called parenting. Would you send your little lamb out in the field of wolves or would you take measures to protect your child? Well, this tool is simply a protection hearding tool used to guide and keep the eyes from the junk that is desperately trying to get in. Trust me, we've been there by simply looking up items for school projects. Nip it in the bud and shepherd (love) the children! Can't wait to get this, thank you.