Wednesday, February 11, 2009

What Message Is Your Child's Cell Phone Sending?

What message is your child's cell phone sending? At 8:30 on Wednesday morning, for many of you reading this, my guess is as good as yours. Innocently they could be exchanging homework assignments or they could be engaging in something much more sinister. Many examples abound in recent news of teens and tweens who's picture messages have revealed more than a bad hair day.

Regardless of what messages they are sending today, what messages are you sending to them? Russell Moore of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has posted a great article about pre-teens and cell-phone use. As parents who take the protection of their children seriously you can hardly avoid reading this straight to the point article. You may not like his conclusions, but it should at least prompt you to think about your decision as to whether or not your children need their own cell-phone. Read Dr. Moore's article, Does Your Child's Cell Phone Preach Another Gospel? and let me know what you think. I'm anxious to know if parents agree or disagree.

Let me go on record as saying that I believe Dr. Moore is spot on with this argument.

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Joe Blackmon said...

My kids are going to think I'm the most uncool dad on the planet cause we will have one tv and one computer in our house and there is no way they're going to get a cell phone. I'm such a mean old man.

Anonymous said...

Our kids were older teenagers when they got their cell phones. We don't have text messaging. And from what I'm reading that's a good thing.


Scott said...

I think this is a very good article and should be carefully considered when making those tough parenting decisions about "to cell phone" or "not to cell phone". Personally, I did not get a cell phone until I was in college and it WAS for safety reasons travelling back and forth on the interstate. Oh, and by the way, I had a job during college and paid for the phone myself. I think as parents, it is ultimately our decision to determine whatever activities our children are involved in AND to take responsibility for those decisions. This means IF you are one of those parents that allow your children to have a cell phone at an early age, it is ultimately your responsibility, as their parent, to protect them and audit their every move when using it. I believe God gave us His children to only have for a little piece of their lives and we should protect His investment as closely as possible. Look at it like this; when a friend of yours loans you a tool or something for you to use, don't we take extra special care of it so that it doesn't get damaged. Some of us even clean it up and return it in better shape than it was when we received it. Our children are no different. Well you asked our opinions, there is my one cent worth.