Our children are surrounded by media each day. And even though we can’t filter out every bad thing they may see, hear, or read, there is something we can do. We can teach them to rely on the internal filter of the Holy Spirit. (For more about this idea, see the article on pages 72–73 of this month’s Ensign.) Here are some Friend articles you can use to have ongoing conversations about good media decisions in your home.
A girl comes across a bad picture and talks to her parents about it. Their kind response is a good example for how adults should act—whether the image was seen on purpose or not. Then read “What’s on Your Mind?” (page 34) to talk about filling your mind with positive things.
One way to prepare children to make wise choices online is to teach—and model—a healthy balance of time with your family, good media activities, time with friends, and so on. You could use this story, about a boy who takes a break from video games to be with his brother, to talk about finding balance. This month’s Family History Quest (page 18) gives an idea for one great way to use technology.
You can use this activity to start a conversation about media guidelines for your family.