Never before has there been so much temptation, especially for young people. Now, we know home education does protect children from massively condensed peer pressure, but I can see a big problem, and that is smart phones. Smart phones open the doors to unwarranted peer pressure, bullying, and worse still....online porn. Surely that should concern us, especially as Christian parents? Be ye not conformed to the world springs to mind. (On a normal computer hub protections can be applied, but as far as I know smart phones do not operate any such thing).
I definitely feel I am the odd one out, in that I seem to be the only one on the planet who doesn't allow smart phones. The amazing thing is, they don't even want them! They laugh at people on cycle rides, and walks scrolling through their phones. People in town just sitting like zombies, friends meeting at cafes speaking to others in cyber space while ignoring friends and family around them. Are we going backward or something?
Yes, I know people will call me dumb. Well, glad to be dumb. Glad to have a life, and glad my children have a life, and real friends, and real experiences not just virtual ones. I am not saying the internet isn't important, but rather we shouldn't allow ourselves, or our children to be sucked into the whirlpool, which is almost impossible to climb out of. Also, when on earth do we reflect on God? How can we, if we are constantly entertained, and constantly distracted? I like to go for a walk to think, just to sit and hear the sounds of the birds. To be completely free from distractions. (children excepted, ha ha!)
One of the great perks of home education has been that children are free to be themselves without pressure. I fear with children ever younger on Facebook, and other sites this will be a thing of the past. Let's face it children are impressionable, and the younger the more impressionable. Let's keep them kids for as long as they ARE kids!