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  • ♪[Theme music]♪
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  • -John Bradshaw:This is It Is Written.
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  • I'm John Bradshaw.Thanks for joining me.
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  • In the early 1800s, an Englishwoman named Mary Shelley
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  • had a contest with her futurehusband and another man
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  • to see who could writethe best horror story.
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  • A few years before, shehad traveled in Germany
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  • near Frankenstein Castle, whichis near the city of Darmstadt.
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  • It seems that Mary wasinfluenced by stories
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  • about Frankenstein Castle,
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  • and so she wrote thestory of "Frankenstein."
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  • In Mary Shelley's novel,a scientist working
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  • in a laboratory createsan 8 feet tall being
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  • that ends up beingdescribed as a monster.
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  • It's a story, ultimately,about science gone wrong.
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  • A scientist or alchemistattempts to create something,
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  • and things don'twork out as intended,
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  • as he works with thetechnology of his day.
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  • The story was a cautionary tale.
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  • Technology can come withunintended consequences.
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  • And it seems that today,
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  • society seems to have createdanother Frankenstein's monster.
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  • Technology has given theworld some wonderful things.
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  • The Industrial Revolution--that was technology.
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  • Today, modern medicinesdo a great amount of good.
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  • Modern transport--it's incredible.
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  • Now, you could arguethat there's a downside
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  • to some of these things,
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  • but there's alsoa gigantic upside.
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  • Modern technology hasgiven us computers.
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  • Today, we're able to accessinformation anywhere
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  • in the world from virtuallyanywhere in the world,
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  • any time we like.
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  • That's good, right?
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  • You can watch whateveryou want to watch,
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  • whenever you wantto watch it,
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  • from the privacy of yourown private space.
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  • That's good, too, right?
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  • Today you can typemessages in moments,
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  • send them toanyone anywhere.
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  • You can post photos tophoto-sharing websites,
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  • broadcast video ofwhatever you're doing,
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  • wherever you're doing it, tothe whole world, if you want,
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  • whenever you'dlike to do so.
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  • You no longer need to be anewspaper publisher to share
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  • your point of view witheverybody on the entire planet.
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  • That's good...right?
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  • Well, we know itisn't always good.
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  • And we're coming to understandmore and more that,
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  • in many cases, it's actuallypositively harmful.
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  • When an Englishman namedTim Berners-Lee invented
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  • the World Wide Web early in the1990s in Geneva, Switzerland,
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  • it's doubtful that anyoneanywhere realized
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  • what it would become onlya few short years later.
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  • And it's probably fairto say that most people
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  • who use the internet andmodern technology today
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  • don't realize what itreally has become.
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  • There's no questionmodern technology
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  • provides greatopportunities.
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  • It's how you'reable to watch this,
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  • and I'm glad you're able to.
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  • Technology is usedto promote good values
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  • and to share positive messagesand to proclaim the gospel.
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  • That's good.
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  • But it seems that when itcomes to modern technology,
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  • every silver lininghas a dark cloud.
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  • Today's generation is thefirst generation in history
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  • to be connected to a constantstream of electronic information
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  • and entertainment.
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  • And while that might seem likea silver lining in many ways,
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  • that constantstream of temptation,
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  • the constant access to sin,is a very dark cloud.
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  • Today's young people haveto grow up in a world
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  • where being liked meanssomething slightly different
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  • to what it meanta generation ago,
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  • and the pressuresthat come along with that
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  • are impacting the livesof young people--
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  • and the lives ofnot-so-young people--
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  • in a very, very real way.
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  • Society is now wired.
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  • Or more to the point,it's wireless.
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  • Whereas television decadesago brought the world
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  • into the living room,
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  • smartphones bring theworld into your pocket.
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  • And it's adifferent kind of world,
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  • a world where there arevirtually no controls.
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  • And what's the constantconnection with the internet
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  • doing to usas individuals?
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  • How's it challengingpeople of faith who claim
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  • to be disciplesof Jesus Christ?
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  • And what's it doing to society?
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  • Websites today offeryou anything you want.
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  • And a lot of things thatyou really don't want.
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  • It's no secret that there's somedark content on the internet.
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  • Unfortunately, it'seminently accessible,
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  • even to children.
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  • I spoke with one young lady,who shared with me just how easy
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  • it can be for children toaccess the sort of content
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  • that parents don't wanttheir children seeing.
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  • -Kyla Steinkraus: I tookmy family to church,
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  • um, myself, my husband,my 12-year-old son,
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  • and my 7-year-old daughter.
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  • And I took my daughterto go to the bathroom,
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  • and I left my sonin the back row.
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  • My husband was volunteering inthe audio-visual department,
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  • which is a back room thathas a glassed-in window,
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  • um, but he was not directlywith my son at the time.
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  • And when I came backa few minutes later,
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  • after taking mydaughter to the bathroom,
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  • um, I found my husband witha tablet and a 10-year-old boy,
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  • and he was very upset.
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  • So I asked him what happened,
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  • and he said thatthe 10-year-old boy
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  • had just shown my sonpornography on his tablet--
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  • at church.
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  • -John: In church?
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  • -Kyla: Yes, in church.
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  • And I was so, so upsetI was shaking.
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  • It took me a minute to really,for it to sink in.
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  • It was definitely avery negative experience,
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  • a very saddening experience.
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  • Your child loses some oftheir innocence at that point,
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  • and it was, it was ahard thing to go through.
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  • -John: So how'd this happen?
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  • -Kyla: The 10-year-old boyhad the tablet,
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  • and he came over and sat bymy son and his friend and said,
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  • "Here, I want toshow you something,"
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  • and he pulled up thepornography on his tablet
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  • and showed it to the boys.
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  • And to their credit,both boys said,
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  • "No, we don't wantto look at this."
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  • But the 10-year-old then shovedit in their faces and said,
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  • "No, I want you to see this."
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  • My husband, whowas in the A/V, um,
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  • heard the commotion andlooked through the window
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  • and saw thatsomething was happening,
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  • saw the boys tryingto push the tablet away.
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  • And so when he came out andsaw what was on the tablet,
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  • he got very upset andtook it immediately.
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  • And that's thepoint where I came in.
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  • And I took the boyaside and said,
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  • "You're 10, you know.You're 10 years old.
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  • How did you evenget pornography?
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  • Like, what happened?"
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  • And that's when he told me thathe had an Instagram account,
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  • and a pornography company hadcreated a profile page with,
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  • um, a picture of a beautifulscantily-clad woman,
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  • who then went and searchedfor this young boy's profile--
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  • or, well, they weresearching for kids
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  • and found him and wasposting little comments
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  • under his pictures.
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  • And so, as a curious kid,he clicked on it to see
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  • what it was, and it took himdirectly to pornography,
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  • unfortunately.
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  • -John: I think that's somethingmany parents don't realize,
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  • is that there are predators--individuals or sites
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  • or companies, orwhatever they might do--
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  • that are comingafter your kid.
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  • They don't care who the kid is,
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  • just as long as they can getaccess and then groom the child.
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  • It's very intentionalwhat's going on, right?
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  • -Kyla: Yes, correct.
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  • I know an 11-year-old girlwho had an adult child predator
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  • pretend to be another11-year-old boy
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  • and start chatting with her,
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  • and over time said that hewanted to be her boyfriend,
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  • and then asked her to sendpictures of herself to him,
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  • and then asked her to sendnude pictures of herself to him,
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  • which she did.
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  • -John: She did, 11 years old?
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  • -Kyla: She did,at 11 years old.
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  • -John: Well, well,let me ask you.
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  • So this 11-year-oldthat you know of,
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  • uh, was she that kind of kid?
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  • Is she the sort of kidthat a person might say,
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  • someone whoknows her say,
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  • "Yeah, well, she'd dosomething like that"?
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  • Or, totally out of the blue?
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  • -Kyla: No, it wasvery out of the blue.
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  • She was just in fifthgrade, very innocent,
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  • had never had aboyfriend before.
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  • She was verychildish, very young.
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  • It was totallyshocking and unexpected,
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  • and, and out of the blue,and the parents were devastated.
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  • -John: I, I, I think that'sa really important point,
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  • and, uh, forgive me forasking the way I did--
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  • "was she thatkind of kid?"
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  • I don't know howmany 11-year-olds
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  • are that kind of kid,
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  • but you know there aresome children you might say,
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  • "Yeah, well, it wouldn'tsurprise me if this child
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  • did something reckless."
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  • But what you're sayingis this was a model child
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  • from a model familywithout any signs
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  • that she might do something,which is quite remarkable.
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  • It's quite a stepfrom playing a game to...
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  • sharing those kindof photographs.
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  • How do you think then--andthis means that any parent
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  • must realize that, thattheir family is at risk,
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  • under similar circumstance.
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  • How did that childget from A to B?
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  • How did that process take place?
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  • -Kyla: Well, I, you know, Ihear it a lot where parents are.
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  • They, you know, they givetheir kids a smartphone,
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  • but they say, "Well,my kids are good kids."
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  • Uh, "My kids wouldnever do that."
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  • Um, they'll, "They wouldnever try to do that,"
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  • or "They wouldn't be interestedin that kind of thing."
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  • But the thing is, is thatit's not that their kid
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  • is going out lookingfor that kind of stuff.
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  • That stuff is lookingfor their kid, and is,
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  • those companies,those child predators
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  • are hunting these kids.
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  • -John: So this 11-year-oldchild shared pictures
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  • that no parent wants an11-year-old child sharing.
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  • What happensto those pictures?
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  • -Kyla: The parentsdid call the FBI,
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  • and it was an adultchild predator
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  • who had targetedtheir daughter.
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  • But they were unableto recover the pictures,
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  • so the pictures are nowpart of the child pornography.
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  • They get shared among pedophilesand predators online...forever.
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  • -John: And that's notsomething that any parent
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  • wants to go through.
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  • -Kyla: No.
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  • -John: Or have theirchild go through.
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  • -Kyla: Yeah.
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  • -John: So, Kyla,let me ask you this.
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  • Parents are watching this,and they're thinking,
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  • "Oh my goodness."
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  • What should parentswho are concerned,
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  • what should they do?
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  • What can they do right nowto address the situation
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  • in their own experience,like right now?
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  • -Kyla: I think the number onemost important thing
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  • that they could do right nowis take away the smartphone.
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  • It really gives your kidunfettered access to everything.
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  • And gives predatorsunfettered access to your child.
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  • And it's not thecoolest thing to do;
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  • it's not theeasiest thing to do.
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  • But to me, my child's--your child's safety
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  • and your child's soul isthe most important thing.
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  • -John: Kyla, thanks so much.I appreciate this a lot.
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  • We'll be back with morein just a moment.
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  • -John Bradshaw: Thanks forjoining me on It Is Written.
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  • I'm John Bradshaw.
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  • It's a new age.
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  • Modern technology haschanged the way that we do life.
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  • Now, you've seen peoplesitting together in a group,
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  • but everybody hastheir heads...down.
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  • They're gazingat their devices.
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  • Now, is that harmful?
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  • Well, no, not necessarily.
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  • But the potentialfor harm is huge.
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  • And that potentialis being realized.
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  • Now, in a moment we're goingto talk about social media--
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  • Facebook and Instagramand Snapchat and Twitter
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  • and so forth.
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  • They are huge today.
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  • But there's afundamental issue
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  • that we're goingto discuss first.
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  • The internet has really broughtwith it the death of privacy.
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  • Now, privacy is a human right,
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  • recognized as suchby the United Nations.
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  • Now, you might think you'recarrying a smartphone with you
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  • when what you're actuallycarrying with you is a...
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  • tracking device.
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  • You see, unlessyou've taken action,
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  • your smartphonetracks your movements.
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  • It keeps a recordof everywhere you've been
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  • and of most things thatyou've thought or written.
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  • Your laptop or your smartphonealmost certainly contains
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  • information that you don't wantother people seeing.
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  • Take a look at your searchhistory and then ask yourself
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  • how you'd feel if simply yoursearch history was made public--
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  • and not because you'venecessarily done anything
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  • illegal or immoral.
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  • Your devices contain an enormousamount of sensitive information
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  • about you, maybehealth information
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  • or other personal orinterpersonal information.
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  • What you post online,
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  • whether that be a photo ora comment or an opinion,
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  • becomes part of a permanentelectronic record of your life.
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  • Kids--or adults, for thatmatter--who post photos
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  • or conversations online oughtto be asking themselves
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  • if what they are posting iswhat they would want a teacher
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  • or a grandmother to see.
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  • It's, it's a mustto think that way.
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  • You see, even if you think thatyou've got nothing to hide--
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  • which may well be true--
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  • you've certainly gotsomething to protect.
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  • Devices are often nowa gateway to accounts,
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  • emails, personal information.
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  • Essentially,they're a gateway
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  • to a running historyof your life.
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  • And you don't want peoplegetting their hands on that.
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  • I talked with Michael Dinkins,an internet security expert
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  • at UTC, the University ofTennessee at Chattanooga,
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  • and he shared with mesome ways that people
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  • can protect themselves online.
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  • -Michael Dinkins: Well,first thing, in my opinion,
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  • is to become aware of whatthe "threat-scape" is.
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  • Uh, they need to understandfully what, what is the attack,
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  • uh, and what's coming at them.
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  • You need to usestrong passwords.
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  • You need to, uh,upgrade your systems,
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  • make sure it has the latestoperating system patches,
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  • latest search security patches.
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  • You should havedifferent account names
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  • and different account passwordsfor every site that you go to.
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  • You have screen timefor children, uh,
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  • that should be monitored, uh,because they can go anywhere.
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  • They need to understandthat once you put something
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  • on a social networking site oreven in a private drive space,
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  • once it's out there,it's out there,
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  • and it's out thereprobably forever.
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  • Take advantage of anyconvenience that you want to,
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  • but understand that wheneveryou embrace convenience,
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  • somebody else knowsabout it, you know.
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  • So, uh, you've just gotto find that balance on how...
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  • invisible you wantto be on the internet.
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  • -John: It comes as a terriblesurprise to a lot of people
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  • to learn that their emailservice gives third parties
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  • the right to read their email,which is entirely legal
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  • because you checkedoff on fine print,
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  • which made it legalfor that to happen.
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  • People give away a lotabout themselves online.
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  • Now, again, only you candecide how much is too much.
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  • But research from CambridgeUniversity has said that
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  • after you "like"just 10 Facebook pages,
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  • advertisers can get to know youas well as a colleague does.
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  • After 70 "likes," someone withthat information can know you
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  • about as well as aclose friend does.
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  • And after 150 "likes"?
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  • You've essentially given upas much about yourself
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  • as your parents know.
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  • Advertisers once thoughtthat consumers would become
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  • desensitized tothis lack of privacy,
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  • but studies showthat the opposite
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  • appears to behappening.
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  • So what about social mediaand the effect it's having
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  • on your life and on society?
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  • And what does the Bible saythat speaks to this?
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  • -John Bradshaw:Thanks for joining me today
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  • on It Is Written.
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  • The world has changed.
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  • Technology has rewrittenthe rules of engagement.
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  • Young people, especially,are being forced to grow up
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  • in a world that isradically different
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  • from the world their parentsor grandparents grew up in.
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  • Temptation looks different todaythan it did in days gone by.
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  • Temptation now hunts for you--
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  • and your childrenor grandchildren.
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  • And it comes in moreattractive ways than it used to.
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  • And that's by design.
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  • Social media sites werecreated by very bright people,
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  • whose intent was to get youto use their product
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  • as much as possible.
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  • In other words, theywant to get you hooked.
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  • It's interestingthat in recent times,
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  • some of the people whotook part in developing
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  • social media serviceslike Facebook
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  • have expressed regretover what they created.
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  • Facebook's founding presidenthas criticized the way
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  • that the company"[exploits] a vulnerability
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  • in human psychology" bycreating what he called
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  • a "social-validationfeedback loop."
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  • Another said he believedthat social media was
  • 00:18:17.853 --> 00:18:20.289
  • "eroding the core foundationsof how people behave
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  • by and betweeneach other."
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  • That same man said thathe doesn't allow his children
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  • to use social media
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  • because of the way itdeliberately hooks people
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  • to spend more and more timeon those sites and to divulge
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  • more and more personalinformation about themselves.
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  • He said, "You don't realize it,but you are being programmed,"
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  • saying that people haveto decide how much
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  • of their intellectualindependence
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  • they are preparedto give up.
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  • A former Google executive said,
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  • "Our minds can be hijacked.
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  • Our choices are not as freeas we think they are."
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  • And the technologyobviously works.
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  • One piece of research saidthat the average millennial
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  • checks their phone...
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  • 157 times a day.
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  • A former Facebook executivesaid that social media sites
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  • are "exploiting a vulnerabilityin human psychology."
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  • And maybe here's the rub.
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  • One of the co-creators ofthe "like" button said,
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  • "If we're not vigilant...computers and mobile devices
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  • will guide ourattention poorly."
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  • Think about that.
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  • The "like" button was createdto exploit our desire
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  • to be affirmed or liked.
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  • You can easily see how it canlead a person to do or say
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  • or post things that laterthey might seriously regret.
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  • You know, peoplehave been killed,
  • 00:19:45.107 --> 00:19:46.908
  • people have died doingcrazy things in an attempt
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  • to make content thatthey hoped would go viral.
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  • They wanted to be seenand noticed and liked.
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  • Now, think of the spiritualramifications of this.
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  • You've likely heard people say,
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  • "I go online.
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  • I go to Facebook or YouTubefor just a few minutes.
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  • I just waste timescrolling through comments
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  • and clicking on links."
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  • You might havesaid that yourself.
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  • What is seen as a form ofentertainment really is
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  • nothing less than an addictionfor a whole lot of people.
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  • Now, there's anotherpurpose of social media.
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  • One, they want to get youhooked to use their site.
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  • Secondly--think about this--
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  • Facebook, for example, isn'tselling you social networking.
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  • They're giving thatto you for free.
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  • What they're sellingis information--
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  • your information--to other people.
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  • And how are theygetting that information?
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  • You're giving it to them.
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  • Now, again, you might nothave a problem with this.
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  • It surely isn't illegal.
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  • But it tells you how carefulyou have to be to make sure
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  • that you're not sharingmore about yourself
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  • than is appropriate, thingsthat are not dangerous to share.
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  • So now, let's look ata few biblical principles
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  • to help guide uswith modern technology.
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  • One, you want to live likeyou've got nothing to hide.
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  • To do that, you wantto have nothing to hide.
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  • The internet has a way ofsucking people into doing things
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  • that they mightnot otherwise do,
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  • and saying things theymight not otherwise say.
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  • So here are some Bibleverses to keep in mind
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  • that can help you with this.
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  • Psalm 51, verse 10,David's prayer, he prayed,
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  • "Create in mea clean heart, O God;
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  • and renew a rightspirit within me."
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  • Second Corinthians 5,verse 17:
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  • "Therefore if any man be inChrist, he is a new creature:
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  • old things are passed away;
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  • behold, all thingsare become new."
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  • So you want to befully given to Christ.
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  • There's a lot ofgarbage on the internet,
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  • in the media, in society.
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  • Only the powerof God in your life
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  • is going to keep you from that.
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  • That's all.
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  • There's a lot oftawdry stuff online.
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  • Even reputable websitesleave little or nothing
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  • to the imagination these days.
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  • There's very littlethat's hidden anymore.
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  • And that's a challengefor believers.
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  • So rememberwhat Paul wrote
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  • in Philippianschapter 4 and verse 8:
  • 00:22:06.047 --> 00:22:08.550
  • "Finally, brethren, whatever istrue, whatever is honorable,
  • 00:22:08.583 --> 00:22:12.654
  • whatever is right,whatever is pure,
  • 00:22:12.687 --> 00:22:15.023
  • whatever is lovely,whatever is of good [report],
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  • if there is any excellence andif anything worthy of praise,
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  • dwell on these things."
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  • God says thereare some things
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  • that shouldn'teven be on your mind.
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  • There's no doubt moderntechnology has made it easier
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  • than ever beforeto encounter sin,
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  • and harder than everto keep away from it.
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  • Technology has made iteasier than ever to access sin
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  • and to access it privately.
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  • It's easier than ever toencounter meanness and hate.
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  • The internet is full of it.
  • 00:22:46.688 --> 00:22:48.123
  • It's easier than ever tobe victimized by others,
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  • even by peoplethat you don't know.
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  • What we need is the powerof God to keep us away
  • 00:22:52.894 --> 00:22:55.964
  • from where we shouldn't be andto keep us where we should be.
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  • It's essential that youknow Jesus as a friend,
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  • so that you arevalidated by Him,
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  • and you don't feel the need tobe validated by others online,
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  • chasing "likes" instead ofpursuing the love of God.
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  • It's essential we're ableto keep our lives in balance.
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  • Of course, you can havehealthy relationships online,
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  • healthy interests online.
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  • But it's easyto become unhealthy.
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  • God is able to keep you whereyou need to be and want to be.
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  • We need the abilityto say what we should
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  • and not to saywhat we shouldn't.
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  • A lot of people have madetheir lives complicated
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  • by forgetting Proverbs 13,verse 3 when they go online.
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  • "He who guards his mouthpreserves his life,
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  • but he who opens wide hislips shall have destruction."
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  • If Solomon waswriting that today,
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  • he might have said somethingabout guarding the keyboard.
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  • And we need something thatthe Bible calls "temperance."
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  • Galatians 5:22 and 23 says this:
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  • "But the fruit of the Spirit islove, joy, peace, longsuffering,
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  • gentleness, goodness,faith, meekness,
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  • temperance: against suchthere is no law."
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  • That word "temperance,"
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  • that's what we would callself-control.
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  • I saw a definitionof that, which said,
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  • "The virtue of one who mastershis or her desires and passions,
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  • especially sensual appetites."
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  • You see, what we need issurrender to the Holy Spirit.
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  • As the times change,temptations change with them,
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  • or at least temptation isbrought to us in different ways.
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  • Revelation 14:12speaks about the "saints,
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  • who keep the commandments ofGod and the faith of Jesus."
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  • Technology has notmade that unattainable.
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  • But it should make usrealize that we need God;
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  • we need the Holy Spirit inour lives more than ever before.
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  • If you're struggling withthis, God can help you.
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  • And He will.
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  • Ask God to be your strength;tell Him He must.
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  • Ask God to deliver you.
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  • And watch God work
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  • and experience God'spower in your life.
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  • -John Bradshaw:Let's pray together now.
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  • Our Father in heaven, we knowthat modern technology
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  • brings temptation to uslike never before.
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  • ♪[Soft music]♪
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  • And look at us.
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  • We're just poor, weak people
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  • in need of Your helpand Your strength.
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  • So thank You that You havepledged not to leave us
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  • and not to forsake us.
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  • We need Your assistance;we need Your power
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  • in this very real battleagainst sin,
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  • as presented to usin this modern age.
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  • Lord, I pray, protect usonline and offline.
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  • Give us wisdom, self-controlas we live our online lives.
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  • And I pray, Lord, that ourprimary pursuit would be Jesus.
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  • Teach us to loveYour approval
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  • more than theapproval of others.
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  • And keep us where we oughtto be, even when our weakened,
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  • fallen hearts want tolead us in another way.
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  • Give us Your Spirit,that we are born again,
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  • and keep us in the centerof Your will now and ever.
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  • We pray in Jesus' name.
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  • Amen.
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  • Thanks so muchfor joining me.
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  • I'm looking forward toseeing you again next time.
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  • Until then, remember:
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  • "It is written, 'Man shallnot live by bread alone,
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  • but by every word that proceedsfrom the mouth of God.'"
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  • ♪[Theme music]♪
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