Personal internet health-check

It can be tempting to jump straight to thinking that if you have effective filter or accountability software on your computer, then your relationship with the internet must be healthy, but this article examines our overall approach to interacting online by asking some personal questions in six different areas and then offering some suggestions for redeeming your time online using the same categories.

The intention here is not to portray the internet as being bad in itself, but rather to help each of us grow in self-awareness and to use our time online in increasingly intentional, authentic, accountable and godly ways.

Social network cartoon

You may want to look at the questions in this article on your own, since many of them are quite personal. However, if you’re serious about bringing your internet usage fully into the light (1 John 1:7), these questions may also be a useful basis for a discussion with your spouse, friend, homegroup, pastor/minister etc. Also, talking them through with someone who knows you well may help you to grow in understanding of behaviours that are not obvious to yourself.

Why not share these questions with someone you trust and use the questions to hold each other to account?

 


This article was first published in three parts in the Summer, Autumn and Winter 2011 members’ newsletters.

Thanks to all the TfT members who helped with this article by letting me know their experiences.

The details about software products in this article are intended to be accurate at the time of writing, and are included in good faith. Since these products are regularly changing, please check them yourself

 

If you found this article interesting, you might be interested in reading Tim Chester's book Will you be my Facebook friend See review: http://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/blog/book-reviews/2013/06/18/book-review-will-you-be-my-facebook-friend/

 

Authored by Stuart. © True Freedom Trust 2012

Cartoon courtesy of Epilogue TV

mfyfe
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Web security

I have had a problem for a long time of viewing wrong websites.  I have tried various filters, but many of those could be bypassed.  I once got a friend to set the password and that worked great - until I upgraded my computer!

At the moment my internet provider is Sky. They have an automatic block on porn web sites which is great, and I had gone a long time without falling.  However late one night I tried a google search and lo and behold it allowed a site. Of course idiot that I am viewed it and you can guess the result.  I was gutted, I ignored my TFT accountability partner when he messaged me for his daily check up and went to bed early in shame!  The next day the browser said this new site was now blocked! Praise God. Please pray I can keep away from dabbling as I believe I am called to a celibate lifestyle. I have not had a partner since 2010.

Lastly I am making some big decisions about my future.  I have decided to take a break from my career as a Medical Microbiologist because to be honest I could not take the pressure right now.  I am looking for a part time job, maybe in a Pharmacy, to get me back into work.  Finances are a real worry. My mum has suggested me moving back home but I have built a good life here and I have friends and church locally.  My Dad has MS so it would really help them out if I went back but I do not know what my life could be there and what I would do.  I trust God I really do but it is hard to see the woods for the trees at the moment.

Praying for all of you - by the way some of you may have read on Facebook that Peter Acreman's mother has had another stroke and the whole family needs prayer. He has been a good friend to me over the years. We met on the first TFT conference I attended in 2006 and despite keeping me awake with his snoring, he was lovely to me. I visited him in Cardiff recently.

God bless you all

Mark

 

Isaiah 43:2   When you pass through deep waters I will be with you, your troubles will not overwhelm you. When you pass through fire you will not be burnt; the hard trials that come will not hurt you.