|As part of our discipleship thrust, we also armed the teens with God’s Word and shared with them that they should anchor their identity not on how many friends or “likes” they get on social media, but on the unchanging truth that the Lord loves them unconditionally. We also encouraged them to focus on whatever is true, noble, right, and pure (Philippians 4:8); not to set their eyes on anything worthless (Psalm 101:3); and to use social media as a platform to share God’s love, encourage those who feel left out, and help those who are weak (1 Thessalonians 5:13).
We hope to roll out a similar seminar next month for the parents and carers of the children to increase their awareness about the threats posed by the Internet, and how they too can help their children observe safer practices and behavior online.
The online sexual exploitation of children have serious negative effects that are harmful to their psychological, spiritual, physical, mental, and social development. Although it is a multifaceted problem that requires coordinated and holistic solutions, we believe that raising awareness about the issue can make a big difference. It is imperative that we educate children and their parents so that they are able to recognize, avoid, and prevent abuse and harm.
Thank you so much for helping us in this endeavor. Your partnership enables us to dispel darkness and bring light to the lives of vulnerable children and families. We appreciate your prayers, concern, and support. We pray that the Lord will also continue to help you carry His light to your spheres of influence and be a channel of His love to the people around you.
Tiwala Kids & Communities Team