Solomon's Guide to the Internet

I realize that Solomon did not have a web page. He didn't tweet. But that doesn't mean he can't help you to know how to navigate the seas of social media. Parents, here are the three most important things to teach your children about using the internet:

Verify, Verify, Verify!

In the world of social media, little is as it seems. You and your children must verify that what you read and see is not just a half-truth or a flat-out deception. For example, Proverbs 18:17 says:

"The first to present his case in a dispute seems right, until his opponent comes and cross examines him."

This one biblical principle can keep you from deception, heartbreak and even danger. It is too easy to accept texts, tweets, posts, emails, etc., at face value. This is not being cynical, but just realizing that the Bible warns about the deceptive factor present in the human heart. The online chat can be with a predator. The text or email can sound like a real need, but it may well be only half of the truth. Someone who is struggling may be telling you only one side of the story.

Remember what is important about internet communication:

VERIFY what you hear or read by way of another source. Just because one person or source says something is true, doesn't make it true. If this is not possible then you must withhold judgement about the truth of what you read.

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