It seems today that everything is revolving around secrecy. Now don’t get me wrong. I love secrets that involve surprises! Birthdays, Christmas, family adventures or planned dates with my husband, the idea of sharing time, or gifts and being blessed by someone I love is the best. More and more today we see ways where we can lead a more private life, which is in and of itself quite the misnomer since we are an online culture. It is very easy to look up details about peoples’ lives, plus most of what we do on our phones, computers and tablet electronics is location aware and “someone” knows where we are at all times.
In our home, we take precautions against temptation and sin. We believe that by keeping things in the light there is no room for darkness. Darkness can be thought of as secrets, or sin. In the dark, and in secrecy is where we can easily find a lot of trouble.
Given all the work we do online, I get excited to see new options for my internet browser, Mozilla Firefox. It’s great to make my online experience as streamlined and ad free as possible.
This time, however, I was totally bummed! All three of the new add-ons tout the specialty of secrecy, hiding your tracks and leaving no trail of where you have been. I am sure that there are some really great reasons to have these features on your computer, however, to me what this speaks of is, “Do whatever you want on your computer, and no one will ever no.” Not only is this dangerous for my children, but it is a pathway to destruction for my household and my marriage.
The first is the “Forget button” This ad-on allows you to remove your browsing history and erase website information of sites that you visit if you don’t want others to see.
The second is the new search engine called Duck Duck Go, used like Google or Yahoo browsers. This secret browser allows you to search with no history or tracking stating, “Find what you’re looking for, your way.” I’m not sure what all they think we are looking for that we wouldn’t want others to know we have found. All this spells to me is T-R-O-U-B-L-E!!!
The third one is a private window for you to go online with no history. The browser claims to not record where you have been so no one else can see it.
As individuals, we are charged with keeping track of our own lives and purity. As parents, there is the additional responsibility of protecting our children. This doesn’t always mean keeping yourself or your kids completely sheltered from the mess, as much as it means to be educated in how to walk through all the muck and know how to stay the course of the pure life.
Staying informed in our families is the best medicine for success. Keep things in the light, from the use of social media formats, locations of where they are used and now more than ever, what it is that we are looking for and watching. You can protect your family today by implementing good habits and open lines of communication. These apps are a “no go” for the Crenshaw household. We have nothing to hide and no reason to keep such secrets from one another, or for our kids to think that it is safe to live in secret.
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Rob and Jenna Crenshaw are founders of Crossroads Club