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Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Results

There are officially two days left of our first survey, "What is the greatest threat facing our Orthodox youth today?" The results have shown an overall consensus of 48% to the Media as the #1 threat, with Parents who feel unqualified as Orthodox Christians themselves falling to second at 29%. Vanity and Body Image came in third with 23% of the votes, and Other Denominations placed last at 14%.

What do you make of the results? Surprised? Maybe not at all? Could the results reflect that we feel most threatened by what we have least control over? Or that the pressures around us sometimes wins instead of what we know to be best for our kids? It's tough...and no one knows that better than parents!

So let's get talking about what we can do, in regards to the Media. To be more specific, we're going to define the media to include television, movies, the internet, and music. This as an opportunity to share our frustrations and even more productive, our methods of combating influences that we may deem harmful. What's your approach? Can you use examples? If this is the biggest threat, how do we counter it?


Jennifer said...

We don't have a TV. I actually love that we don't. The television broke one day, and it was the best thing that could've happened. We cancelled our tv service and the kids only watch DVDs now, on my computer. I love it. I know exactly what they are watching and the TV isn't on all day long as background noise or a negative distraction.

This isn't necessarily the best decision for everyone, but it works for us.

Pilgrims9 said...

We've been TV-free for all of our marriage (almost 14 yrs.) & our home & children are more peaceful, focused & united because of it. ~ Patricia

Orthodox Education said...

Wow...two parents raising kids in today's world without TV's! Very interesting. Reminds me of something I just read by Elder Paisios, who commented on our over noisy environment today, with machinery and other gadgets...especially how hard it is to find peace lately, even on Mt Athos!

I like the idea of limiting tv exposure, especially during fasting days - I assume for the news you both read the newspaper of check the internet?

Were there ANY educational programs that you found helpful at some point?

Thanks for your feedback :)

Orthodox Education said...

Worth reading...


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