March 22, 2006
An email from a concerned parent
The note below came from a friend who attended the PTSA meeting that I have on a previous entry. I wanted to post it so you could see how one mother was affected.
For those of you who missed Monday night with Rebecca Hagelin at Brookwood High School I wanted to share a few of the points she presented.
Are you aware of the worldly influences your child is bombarded with daily? I thought I was until I heard a few things from Rebecca Monday night. For example, I've always noticed the magazines at the checkout in Publix and other stores and usually just ignore them (unless a recipe catches my eye) but last night while checking out from ordering my child's birthday cake with her and one of her friends, turned to find the two 13-14 year old girls deeply engrossed in the "garbage" news in several of the magazines. Yes, I know I've been somewhat aware of this for years but it is truly making an impression on me now as well as other media substances we are constantly viewing that we must now teach our children are wrong and inform them that the majority of these sources are preying on their innocence and ultimately endangering a healthy future for them.
One of the most important items Rebecca mentioned was websites such as MySpace, Xanga and Facebook. She recently met with the producers of America's Most Wanted and informed the crowd at BHS that they are doing a special only for MySpace due to the fact that so many young people's deaths have been connected to this website! The top story on the 11 pm news last night (on 11 Alive) was about MySpace.com and how predators (doesn't just that name scare us) are using these sites to lure young girls into meeting them. There was a week long special recently on Good Morning America as well addressing these same concerns.
I could go on with what I learned that night, and I thought I was a very informed parent. I urge you to sit with your children and on a routine basis and point out to them what untruths they are being fed from these corporations and hold their hands in a world totally confusing....remember, they are children and will make mistakes so offer a loving and guiding hand....our future depends on it.
You can email Rebecca directly at HomeInvasion.org or at HomeInvasion@ThomasNelson.com. Thanks for listening, I hope you only have happy memories with your children.
Posted by Jim Travis at March 22, 2006 10:36 AM