I recently seen a video of a woman who went under cover as an 11 year old girl with her media company. It only took 1 minute for predators to start messaging the woman who was portraying herself as a child. These predators commented with obscene words and pictures. It was shocking!
Now I know just like me, many of you have been concerned about social media and what's going on online. It's important to be aware of what can happen.
Most of us are familiar with Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram. Nowadays there's so many different social media platforms to choose from. Here's a picture of a few apps that are popular with teens. Do you recognize any of them? I could literally only identity 5! That's it, but these apps are popular amongst our teens. They present a world of different things to our children.
Statistics show that 84% of children between the ages of 12 and 18 have cell phones. My biggest concern as a mother right now, regarding this topic, is even though my children do not have cell phones, all of their friends do. I am consistently having conversations with my children about what's going on right now with social media trends, what is the tone, what's popular amongst their peers, and how we approach a situation when someone shares something inappropriate.
Most kids spend 7 hours and 29 minutes everyday on social media apps. That's longer than a typical school day. That's crazy! That is a lot of content that is coming across the screen every single day. So we just have to be watchful. I want to admonish you from Titus 2. In this Chapter the older women are teaching the younger women how to love their husbands, how to love their kids, and how to be keepers in their home. If you read this scripture, at first hand you would think that the Bible is telling us as women that we need to be house keepers, when it says keepers of the home. However, that word keeper in Greek is translated to mean a guard. It means to be a watchman... or in our case a watchwoman (haha) over the home. We are called to be the eyes of the home. Social media is such a huge gateway we have to stay guard.
I encourage you today to be that watchwoman in your home. Stay guard, be wise and don't let the enemy come in through a door perhaps that's least expected.