New Kid in Town?

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

A few years ago I was surfing the internet for articles on sex activities in the casino’s, when my laptop began getting pop-up porn materials. I was googling words such as sex, prostitutes, escorts etc.  so understandably, I would be getting something in that line of subjects. One of the pictures was animated cartoon and out of curiosity, I clicked on it. WOW!! I had opened a Pandora of sexual filth, you can imagine. At first I was like what is … ..oh my – I became really disgusted at the screen before me. What was more disturbing was I felt I was in a maze of confusion and unable to get out. I felt very dirty and I had to ask God to take away the pictures that kept coming back in my head.

Few weeks after that incident, nasty nude scenes continued popping out of the corner of the screen.  Actually, they came up on the screen from nowhere. What’s more annoying is one was blinking incessantly making it impossible for me to ignore it.  I was afraid that my laptop was infected and sought help from my friend to clean it up.

Times have changed. Twenty years ago, boys fed their curiosity with magazines etc. There were “Adult Corners” in the video shops where men usually meandered. It is true what they say, different strokes for different folks. Some appetites are not only insatiable, they produce monstrous offsprings.

Now, there is no need for dvd’s or video shops. These things are accessible at the click of the mouse. This is the downside to technology. Have you ever heard of IAD? Well, IAD is a brand new challenge of the 21st century. It is Internet Addiction Disorder that was first diagnosed in 1995 by Dr. Ivan Goldberg.  Simply, it means spending too much time with the internet that it begins to interfere with your daily life. Though it is not yet recognized by DSM IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual edition 4) as disorder, and still debated in psychiatric arena, it is wise not to underestimate the possibility of IAD when it comes to our children. Like every addiction, it begins innocently as watching internet videos, or playing internet games.  Our children are dangerously exposed to all kinds of things – they can play games, gamble, or even watch movies, and porn without our knowledge. And the more they watch, the more they want to watch, and the more they want to watch, the later they go to sleep. The less they sleep, the more tired they are for other activities.

And so before this new kid, IAD befriends your son, nephew and grandson, divert his attention somewhere else. Take him fishing, hiking, and spend quality time teaching him how to build a raft etc. It is not true that love means indulging our children- love is disciplining our children to take care of themselves, mind, body, and soul, so they won’t have appetite that will lead to IAD.  thanks

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