Godly parental responsibility
Over the next few weeks I will be sharing my thoughts on some of the issues that our children are dealing with: social media, online gaming, inappropriate online sites, societal pressures, and idols galore to distract us. My prayer is that I can remind you to pause and reflect on our role, as parents, in guiding our children through this world, their world.
We had an injury at school on Monday which made its way into the media. Although of concern initially the student was treated by medical professionals, taken to hospital by ambulance and made a rapid recovery. The media used some facts to create a sensational headline, causing unnecessary concern amongst our school community. This was an example of how a story can grow beyond its facts. We prayed, followed process, and were obviously surprised at the interest shown by the media.
Next week our Seniors have their exams. These are very important, both as practice for the final exams but also if a student is unable to sit the exam at the end of the year these results will count towards any final result. There is no study release next week, and all students are expected to be at school. We pray our students have prepared well and feel the presence of Jesus to calm their minds and steady their nerves.
As we wind our way towards the end of the term, with the weather still unpredictable, we need to
remember that tired children, staff, and parents all need to experience the love and grace of Jesus. Our Father has unrelenting love and forgiveness in His heart for us, and He would see us reflecting this in all our interactions. What can you do for someone else next week, to show His love?
“Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22: 6 (NIV)
Inappropriate online sites
The online world is exciting, already huge, yet ever-expanding. It provides a multitude of benefits, but also a myriad of dangers. We know the dangers of pornography, now available at the push of a key, whether deliberate or accidental. But other threats lurk: violence, self-harm, gambling, bizarre groups, and more. As technology becomes more available, and devices all inclusive we need to be ever vigilant for our children’s safety. It is a space where the anonymous can reek havoc, and our children can find addiction. Remember we are the parents, with a God-given authority to make decisions for our children.
My questions to our parents are: Do you know what your children are accessing? Are they safe alone in their room with the door closed? What filters and checks do you have on your devices at home? Do you have conversations around their online activity?
Our children need our wisdom, experience and protection.
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