Protect Young Eyes with Chris McKenna

Equipped Podcast: Episode 007: Chris McKenna, Founder of Protect Young Eyes.

Protect Young Eyes

About

Chris McKenna, Founder of Protect Young Eyes  & Educational Resource Manager

  • Protect Young Eyes Website: www.protectyoungeyes.com
  • Email: chrism@protectyoungeyes.com
  • Facebook: @ProtectYoungEyes
  • Twitter: @ProtectEyes
  • Sign up for the Protect Young Eyes Newsletter by texting the word “Protect” to 66866
  • Covenant Eyes Website: www.covenanteyes.com
  • Facebook: @covenanteyes
  • Twitter: @covenanteyes
  • Youtube: Click Here

Highlights from Episode 007

The Perplexing Gap:

Chris defines the perplexing gap as the gap that exists between parents stated concerns for digital safety and a parent’s digital decisions. The digital decisions made by parents are often times inconsistent with the stated concerns. This is because, many times, parents are making analog decisions in a digital age. The goal of Protect Young Eyes is to “level up the digital IQ of analog parents that are raising digital kids.”

About what age is the exposure to pornography happening?:

This is a very common question and there are a lot of studies that we could look to and try to find statistics. However, let’s just agree on the fact that kids that are too young are being exposed way too early.

Shift from “if” to “when”:

Chris urges parents to shift from a mindset of “if” my child is exposed to “when” my child is exposed. By shifting to a “when” mindset we can equip our children with the tools they need. This will enable them to know what to do when it happens.

There is a need for parents to be persistently invasive:

The internet and social media is not a place for us to honor our kid’s privacy. Remember that every time they get online, there is a potential for thousands or millions of strangers to stare into the window of their life. There is no excuse for being a passive parent in the digital age. If we don’t talk to them Dr. Google will. The enemy loves a curious kid with quiet parents.

Links Mentioned:

3 Things that we can do, as a parent, to avoid piling shame on our kids (with Tim & Nicki)

  1. Don’t overreact: This can lead to accusations that may not be true in the situation. Don’t jump to the conclusion that the situation is in the category of “worst case scenario”.  It’s important to keep our own emotions in check. 
  2. Keep the lines of communication open: This is the point where we begin to ask the right questions to discover the scope of the problem. These questions must be asked with the understanding that there is no reprisal, meaning no judgment when they begin to reveal the truth. 
  3. Be proactive: Know what our kids are involved in online. Have clear expectations for your home, even writing them down if you need to.  Here is a resource that may help guide you in making the right plan: click here

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