For me this was disturbing,which prompted me to write a post about it,which if you follow this blog you may already know that I only post about positive and/or family values related media that align with my faith. Monday I shared this horrible incident on my Facebook page
“Everyday the news about kids and murders become more common and more disturbing! And y’all still think what they are exposed to in the media have no ramifications right?”
So these girls say they had been planning this attack for months to please a fictional demon like character “SLENDER MAN”! They had been visiting death and killing websites creepypasta wiki prior to the attack. What did the parents miss? Did they not monitor what these 12 year olds kids surf on the web?
PARENTS “Slender Man” has been around for a while on the internet, I remember my own son telling Me he had seen a YouTube video 2 years ago and he was scared! I had a talk with both him and his friend about this disturbing video then. And how a video like that, that instills fear even though it’s not real is not appropriate to watch and that did not encourage anything positive or beneficial. So if my kid encountered Slenderman I am sure yours has too. Just ask them “hey do you know who Slenderman is”? Don’t be surprised!
I needed them to know that stuff like that only take you down a dark path in life. But as a Mom of 2 boys I want to make sure that I am in the know of all that they are exposed to and influenced by. So I start those conversations the moment I hear something is not right, Yes I am “THAT” parent. But I just want to clarify to them & make sure they understand what is correct and acceptable and not by the worlds standards as we have seen can be very skewed. But by a biblical standard and encourage acceptable standards of behavior and beliefs.
Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness.
Parents it is SOOO IMPERATIVE that WE do our duty as Parents. OUR children are exposed to a plethora of information via the web. Keeping our children safe is much more of a challenge now than when we were kids. The internet has changed the way we live. Sure it offers an array of wonderful websites to encourage, entertain and teach but it also has many many sites that are just plain wicked, dark, lewd, graphic, and gruesome. And once entered it leaves our children vulnerable to child predators and other evils lurking in the dark, in this case Slenderman. Although this is a fictional character we need to make sure that they know when to draw the line between reality and fiction.
I know many times WE don’t really pay attention to our children’s silly stories or mind much what they were shown by a friend on YouTube, we shrug it off right? But it’s so important to LISTEN to them and talk to them about what they are communicating to you. There’s so much more… they may be reaching out or headed down the wrong path,yet we didn’t take the time. And it’s very sad that these girls went down this dark path with signs of little or no remorse whatsoever. I just can’t imagine being THAT parent right now.
I know we probably cannot eliminate all the influences; we can, however, counter them with an alternate point of view. Invite your kids to discuss & assess how Television, Video games, Music, Social Media and the web impact their moods, attitudes and behavior. What our kids listen to, watch, and read have a powerful influence on their lives. Unfortunately, the messages are often lies the media portrays as healthy, normal behavior among kids today. As a Christian Mom I share with my kids and their friends my Christian perspective and values. I welcome open dialogue on current events that would be of interest to them and use movies and music as a springboard for discussion about relationship and friendship choices and consequences. In addition to sharing a Christian perspective and values directly with today’s youth,we have to also equip other parents, siblings, friends, teachers, pastors and other adults to listen carefully,speak clearly, and encourage critical thinking.
Here are a few Ways that I stay “In the know” of what influences my kids and how I can keep them safe
•Get to know their friends- Who they hang out with at school or in the neighborhood can influence their choices and behavior greatly. Encourage them to seek out friendship with kids with the same values you are trying to instill in them. Invite them over and get to know them. Nurture them and love them as your own you may have an impact on them
•know the shows/films you kids are watching- the program content can either reinforce your values of oppose them.Talk to your kids about the show topic, it just may turn into a learning experience.
•Monitor your kids internet activity keep the computer with web access in an open public area of the home. If your kids have mobile devices there are plenty of apps that can monitor your kids online activity too.
•Tune into Their Music- Music is a huge influence, so listen to the lyrics. Raising my boys in a Christian home I have to stress that I also have talks about the rap songs and what they Really mean! Don’t be shy, and break it down for them.
Every parent reading this I’m sure will be having a conversation with their kids about this horrible incident,but I pray that this frightening event will not repeat itself. I hope that you will take something away from this that will help you develop healthy morals and values. I’m asking you to be proactive with your parenting in addressing all the forms of media influences,and help our kids make wise decisions and be able to discern the message they receive.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Please comment below your thoughts regarding this incident.