Protecting Our Eyes

Protecting Our Eyes April 9, 2012

I was the last person to use the computer, googling pool cleaners, and then my son told me that all of my children were in the car ready to go, so I got up and we walked out together. We drove to the religious goods store, where I bought a communion veil and a miraculous medal. While I was out, the Devil used my computer. I don’t know how, but when I came home and opened my browser, I opened to a really, really graphic and horrible series of images.

I grilled my son, who reminded me that he came in and got me off the computer before we left.

I am saying prayers of thanksgiving that it was me who opened the browser, because any one of my children could have been the next to move the mouse, heading to Starfall or PBS kids, or just to write a Seton English paragraph about St. Josaphat.

I am praying that the Lord would scrub those images from my mind, and also hoping that you can help me to find the best technology to make sure that this never happens again, by accident or through temptation as my children get older.

I thought I didn’t need to lock down my computer yet because my children were too young, but now I think that we all need to do it, immediately. I’m sorry to be alarmist, but no one should ever, ever see what I just saw.

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  • Kellie “Red”

    We use K9 Web Protection. It blocks lots of sites, but I know the password and am able to override the block. We installed it several months ago. I think it tends to overblock sites, but you can manage the settings however you want. Once I approve a site, it doesn’t block it again. I am the only one in the house that knows the password.

  • Mary

    Net Nanny is excellent and it also allows you to have accounts for each child, limiting their time online as well as access to certain sites.

  • Saoirse

    I would also do a virus scan. I know my Dad had a similar experience once after an innocent search. He continued to have the same thing happen as he ended up with some kind of worm virus on his system.

  • maryalice

    I have noticed that my firefox is slow to load today, so I think a scan is a good suggestion. I have installed K9 — free and easy, by the way, and I am going to look into Net Nanny. My mother has also suggested the very obvious, but as yet overlooked, solution of moving the computer to a public place in the house so that there is no private surfing going on. That will help keep all of us honest, even if it is just from a quick check of the email when you were supposed to be writing your English paragraph!

  • Kellie “Red”

    yes, our computer is in a public space and I do think that helps. In your situation though, it would not have stopped that ad/site from popping up on your computer. It only takes a second for an image to burn into our mind, and that’s why some sort of blocker is important.

  • Helen

    We have four teenagers and found that the software-based filters slowed the computers down, were often overly restrictive and expensive (because we have multiple computers) and, unfortunately, very easy for a tech-savvy teenager to out-fox. We did a lot of research and decided to go with a router-based filter called Iboss, made by Phantom Technologies.

    We have set it up to run between our computer and the regular Verizon router. As an added protection, I set the Verizon router so that the internet can only come into our home through the Iboss portal, eliminating the possibility that they will just unplug the device. This has worked very well at keeping our home safe.

    Keep in mind , however, that if you have a wireless card, and there’s an unsecured network in range of a determined teenager, your only option is vigilance and keeping the computer in an open area.

    The internet is a wonderful thing, but it saddens me that our children are not even safe in their own homes anymore….

  • maryalice

    Someone made the good point to me that people can get around these things if they try, and I compare that, frankly, the access to pornography that I had as a young adult – at friends houses, or newstands, etc. If they are going to work that hard to get it, we are really talking about a different conversation which has to do with morality and good citizenship. But, some obstacles go a long way in removing the near occasion of sin.

    I will look into that sort of blocker on our router, I am a bit intimidated, but I am glad that I am starting to think about these things now.