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Social Media Mayhem & the Internet Infection - Part 1

Christian Berdahl


The five-part seminar starts with a deep look at the dangers and benefits of the Christian life. Then dives deeper into the latest scientific findings on the impact of social media on the family and society. The Internet is here to stay and in many ways is a great tool. Learn how to discern and evaluate its use properly so it is a blessing in our life and not a curse.


Christian Berdahl

Founder of Shepherd's Call music ministry




  • June 18, 2018
    10:30 AM
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This week we're going to be talking about specifically our digital life our digital life is something now that impacts pretty much everybody especially in Western civilization. And as we look at technology and how it's evolved constantly and when I look at myself in my own lifetime there was none of this really available when I was a kid I'm only 49 years old and the amount of change in just my life has been extraordinary but it has progressed more in the last 5 years than it has in the last 50 when you see what's going on technologically in this world it's mind boggling even the most tech savvy people are are running to try to keep up 50 years ago or even just 25 years ago everything that we did was infused with human touch with with some human being being involved today that's not the case today the world is highly automated it's on demand it's instantaneous and increasingly human free Have you noticed that we are doing more and more with isolation from human beings we have websites and apps for dating we have websites and apps to do our online shopping on we can order food from kiosks we have robotic assembly lines and self driving cars in fact just earlier this year Nissan reported that it plans to launch its own self driving taxis services in Japan very soon so before you know it you're not even going to talk to a taxi cab driver all that's off in the future no actually it's already here it's already here our technology is expanding and growing and in the larning the rate. There are robots that now are companion robots have you seen this or heard of this we're going to look into some of these things this week where people are now having relationships with robots there's artificial intelligence with these robots and they will have communication and and conversation with you and and friends you can do everything with your robot now it's unbelievable and unfortunately Virtual Reality is taking over like crazy virtual reality is when you're not living in this tangible reality but you're in a an online reality to where unfortunately what we've discovered through scientific research and experimentation is the line is now becoming blurred between what is real and what is virtual We'll look at that as well so there's no question that technology or tech is doing an amazing amount for us and indeed it needs to I mean there's there are advantages to having robots do some things over even the human touch but what I wanted to find out was what is it not just doing for us but what is it doing to us you follow what I'm saying what could this technology be doing to us to our brains to our creativity and in our relationships most of us just can't seem to disconnect can anybody relate to what I'm talking a lot we have to of look so only there's only 3 of us that can't disconnect Come on now as anybody struggle with disconnecting almost all of us if we were to be honest with ourselves it seems like we just don't know how to power down anymore and when we're out in public all you have to do is look around and you'll see everybody's face is like this. In fact yesterday as I was coming in last night I was coming through the airport I was in Denver and in Denver Airport they have these long moving sidewalks and along a really long one on the side were people sitting in in their chairs waiting for their flights and I should have taken out my phone and videotaped it everybody except for one guy with the book everybody was on a device from children to old people to to to young people to business people to different nationalities it didn't matter everybody they were on their their little screens on their phones they were on their i Pods They were actually on their tablets they were on their computers everybody was on a screen everybody today the average person checks or smartphones Listen to this $150.00 plus times a day I don't check mine that much so that means somebody is probably check and there's maybe 2 or 300 times a day we are full blown addicts of technology I think many of us are are you I don't know so as we go through this this seminar this week asked the question could this be a challenge in my life it is a blessing and we're going to look at that but can it be a challenge in fact is being addicted to technology even a real thing is it actually something that that science and researchers have discovered will look at that as well is living in a digital age changing us for the better or worse so these are some of the questions we're going to look at what effect is social media having on our society today and since the web gives us access to endless information good or bad. What impact does this have on our memory what impact does it have on our attention spans and so these are just a few of the questions we will look at we will answer over the next 5 days together so let's start this message at the beginning of it let's just look at some general information about where the Internet came from why how did this all start some people don't know the history so let's look at the Internet in general and as we talk about this subject I I want you to be sinking about how this fits into our preparation for eternity and I want you to ask the question What can this do to help me be as a witness to the world is this a blessing in my life or is it a distraction in my life now some of you might have been here 2 years ago when I presented the distraction dilemma our Music Seminar what the Lord has laid on our hearts and and that 12 hour seminar has revolutionized some people's lives and churches lives and even conference lives when they come back to a sacred worship service for God Praise the Lord the question I have is what are we doing the vis temple what are we doing here every day maybe through our media maybe through social media through the Internet in the searching the things that are popping up on our screens but friends my question is are we going to take any action and I think we'll take action when we are informed and that's what this Symon are will be about we're going to present the information and you with prayer start to pray and ask God Lord what modifications might I need to make in my digital life. And that distraction dillema seminar started off as that Music Seminar what we discovered is there's a lot more many more topics that we need to speak on so what we're going to do is we're going to put this social media seminar we're going to record it later in September and we're going to make it part of the distraction the limb a series and then we're going to get into gaming we're going to get into part augur fi and not get into pornography but you know what I'm saying we're talk about these subjects so this is our digital life seminar and it's the 2nd installment in our distraction to limit series so to begin we're going to take a quick look at how this all started so let's go through a basic history in 1969 the ARPANET was started by the U.S. government wouldn't you know it the government started it all right computers at Stanford and U.C.L.A. connected for the 1st time in effect they were the 1st hosts on what would one day become the Internet so the Internet was originally developed as a way of communicating between researchers who were far away from one another so they they developed a way we need to learn how to exchange some information now is exchanging information a bad thing of course not that's what I'm in the business to do is exchange spiritual information that can help Souls so to begin with frankly computers could only transfer files within a short distance where there was some sort of tangible connection and then they came up with this way to where computers could get on this Arpanet could communicate with one another and it started this whole new revolutionary way of communication and the $1970.00 S. the 1st Arpanet directory this is crazy was published so this directory which was one inch thick had all. The descriptions of every host computer on the network so in 1990 by the 1001 year it was one inch thick of all the computers on this Arpanet So if you wanted this is funny because you couldn't at the time search there was no such thing as Google there were no search engines you had to open a directory and say I wanted to connect with Christian but OK here's the code I type in and it connects to this computer so there was a one inch thick book in 1900 with this description and containing all these hosts computers if printed out now it would be more than 72 miles thick. That's how much information that we have access to which is staggering in 1971 email was 1st developed by Ray Tomlinson who also made the decision to use the at symbol to separate the user name from the can 2 computer which later became known as the domain name so they just started figuring things out because this was all brand new so literally Some guys were just figuring out how are we going to do all of this today 269 Been 1000000000 emails are sent out daily Not surprising 81 percent of those emails are spam that's basically like saying 200000000000 emails are spam e-mails every day I written you know we have all this technology how come we can't get rid of spam I stopped eating that when I was very young and I don't want my computer either so in 1991 the 1st web page was created what was the purpose of the 1st web page is anybody know it was to explain what the were told lied web was. Can you think a back to that L mean 1991 we had to explain to people what the World Wide Web was friends that's not too long ago and look where we are today by the time we jump into $1905.00 this whole commercialization process began in fact it's really considered to be the 1st year that the Web became commercialized Netscape they actually do remember Netscape some of us do right Netscape made it safer to conduct financial transactions like credit card payments online before that it was just trying to find information to give information for really for research frankly so in 1905 there were 2 other businesses that actually got their start they were they were in at the beginning there was this company called Echo Bay They made their 1st sale in 1905 and that company eventually became known as e-bay Amazon also started in 1905 Amazingly enough it didn't even turn a profit for 6 years until 2001 now they're one of the most successful companies on the planet then the jump to 998 Google went live revolutionizing the way in which people found information online before that like I mentioned you couldn't find information unless you had that directory or you or someone shared that link with you and then you could type in this code and get there. 2001 wicked Pedia is launched now I want you to see the trend it starts with little tiny communication between scientists and researchers and the U.S. government and then all this in for introduction of information starts and how to access it it starts and it starts to not snowball yet but it's increasing that by the time we hit $2001.00 we already have websites going we have search engines going you can actually now in the late ninety's you can actually type in and find something just by a keyword search on Google and then all of a sudden people say this would be a great platform to put things like history and medical information before you know what it starts to explode a website like Wikipedia paved the way for collective web content generation and social media so before this medical university would give this information and you could access it now with websites like Wikipedia everybody is part of the editing process so what happens when everybody gets involved it explains. Why we where we laying this foundation because we have to understand just how large and colossal this world wide web is why because there's a lot of stuff we can access that we're going to be looking at in fact the queries that that you and I are largely engaged in probably 99.99 percent of us we are what is called Surface web browsers we are just browsing or surfing the web on a surface level why do we say that because frankly what the when you when you look at the percentages of usage when it comes to the Internet what we're doing is actually a miniscule percentage of what's really going on on the Internet. In fact let's look at this we above that line we were what we call were surface Web surfers and this is where you would have being Google Wicca Pedia you're doing your you know normal search engine type things the remaining part of the web is called the Deep Web and it's much larger than the surface where now this is where you start going on oh I didn't know that. The Deep Web contains 90 percent of the information on the internet not the surface with the deep web but it's not freely accessible by surface searching and surface web browsing so to access this information here you typically have to sign in have an account and this is where social media sites reside Except sadly the line between the surface web and the deep web are becoming now very blurred and due to all the privacy loss anybody heard of those lately the data breaches all the hacking that's going on the overall lack of any sort of monitoring or controls it's becoming a serious issue and problem for us in our online lives then below and not just so you know when you look at the deep Web This is where academic information resides our medical records legal documents scientific reports. This where we have financial record government resources and on and on and on but there's another layer of the Internet which is called the dark web and. The dark web which probably I hope and pray none of us here have ever been on the dark web I haven't even gone and even researching for this I never went on the dark web just to see what it was all about because I had already read enough reports and had people telling me exactly what it's all about and you mean you can go and watch 60 Minutes and watch a documentary on what the dark web it was without having to go search the dark web what's wrong with the dark web Well this is where there's illegal information this is where there's drug trafficking and human trafficking websites you can literally by people on the dark web you can buy any kind of drug you want designer or street you can you can you know. Everything that a reprobate mind would want to do they can do on the dark web everything in fact it said this is a known quote in the web community nothing good happens on the dark web and then we jump to 2004 Facebook launches and though at the time it was only open to college students and it was called The Facebook but what's interesting is that the usage since 2004 through 2010 it continued to grow every year and now if we look at this chart what's amazing is this is a timeline of the worldwide number of monthly active Facebook users from 2004 to 2017 now I don't know how well you can see the slide but it starts down there are 2004 hours almost no no users and by the time that we hit 2017 there are over 2000000000 monthly active users. Do you have a conception of what a 1000000000 is. A 1000000000 is so colossal It's staggering to the mind I wish I could remember specifically what it means it's something like a 1000000 seconds is something like 2 weeks and I'm giving you a rough here you can you can do the math and something like a 1000000000 seconds it was it's yours it's yours a colossal amount of years so you have 2000000000 monthly active users and over half of them a 1000000000 are active daily users so when you look at our earth's population a 7th of the world every single day is on Facebook and I can tell you not everything on Facebook God approves of 2007 the biggest innovation was most certainly the i Phone or smart phones which are responsible for a renewed interest in mobile web applications and design so we go from this is keep this in perspective this is like a history right we go from the computer to talking to computer scientists researchers and all they do is shared bits of data right and it starts to grow and continues to grow and then we have the the Web browsers that are introduced and then we have the wikipedia and then we can search and we can buy and we can sell and we can do all this stuff and before you know it we we we always had to do it on the computer but then guess what we can start to do it from our pockets you think this is going to was going to cause some sort of problem when you think it through before you had to go to a physical computer and now you have an even more powerful computer in your pocket whenever you want wherever you want to you can pull out any kind of information right out of the air it's like the prince of the power of the air the devil knows all about this indeed he does. But what's crazy now is they start developing not just getting on the Internet with your smartphone let's start creating applications that can go and grab copious amounts of information from that web and games and everything else that we'll talk about so mobile browsing and surfing actually enables people now and on telling using you don't know enables us to have a constant online presence and experience and virtual lives and losing our money on gaming and whatever it may be and gambling in 2016 this is this is amazing to put it in perspective there were approximately 7000000000 people on the planet 2607000000000 people but what's interesting is in 2016 there were over $23000000000.00 devices connected to the Internet so that's an average of 3 devices per person it's not enough now just to have the computer now we have that the computer the laptop or the home computer and the tablet and the phone do we really need all that while we do we think we need it today to survive I don't know how our ancestors did it for 6000 years previously but they did it and frankly they did it way better than we're doing it today because with that instant access comes instant temptation if you're not careful Right right and then so the average person spends now 10 hours a day online we spend more time on the Internet now than we do sleeping the average person does not get 10 hours of sleep. The average person is getting anywhere from $5.00 to $7.00 if they're lucky but we're spending more time on the Internet than we are sleeping what's going on here it's called Brain hacking and we're going to get into that this week companies and researchers scientists psychologists they sit in rooms and figure out how do we make these people want to use our apps our games and even the social media and online shopping how do we get them to to to want to continue to do it while we hack their brains What do you mean we start stimulating certain parts of the brain the reward centers and stuff and before you know it we do be come Dick did to the experience and the latest sic technology is saying we become addicted to the actual devices themselves even the way that we buy them and when we we open them Oh all right you hear the angels singing Oh I love the new smell of that phone we're unwrapping it. You get an Apple product who doesn't like unwrapping an Apple product it's all part of the psychology of it all today we can do a whole host everything on line in fact we can even plant in water gardens so today being online it's now a way of life in friends it's not going to change it's going to be here but we need to have some tools in our toolbox we need to have some principles we need to have some ideas we need to have some thought processes we need to be aware of what's going on so we can make informed decisions is specially with our children that was a perfect time for a hearty amen so. Being online today is a way of life for us we use search engines we send in read emails we search maps we route directions we check the weather we buy and sell products we watch T.V. movies and You Tube social media networking with Facebook and Instagram and Snap Chat some of you don't even know what these are but we'll will teach you about them so you can understand especially if you have young people in your homes or you're working with young people or it's a problem in your life we book travel we do online baking we get our education even you know you have to go to school tangibly physically anymore you could just do it in your P.J.s at home and we go job hunting we can do anything ourself Now if you this is crazy if you want to learn how to do something you can pretty much Type it into youtube or somewhere on the Internet and there will be a video teaching you how to do it if you want to know how to brush your cat you can learn everything is there everything and I'm thinking why did somebody make the video but then I go Well I'm watching it right on like classified ads like Craigslist we get our news we get our sports there's online gaming there's online gambling we can make video calls using Skype or Face Time or or similar applications there's online auctions like e-bay there's broadcasts that are recorded and live video now understand this is not all bad right know I was just in California at a camp meeting speaking there and setting it up and running and we we had high speed internet so we could live stream the events right there on Facebook Live and guess what its spiritual content is the 3 Angels' messages go message Amen that's a great use of these tools so I'm not against our digital life we just gotta be careful with our digital life that it doesn't distract us from our maker. We tweet some of you don't know what that is well I think probably both Everybody does since we have a new president texting and instant measured messaging online dating and virtual worlds like 2nd Life at this is so sad in fact it's called 2nd Life but for some people it's becoming their life you can do everything in a virtual life now did you know you can actually buy virtual property with the real money what what US gam is that you can listen to us I could become a car designer I could become a furniture designer and I can design virtual digital furniture that you buy with real money to furnish your virtual home if you know this is going on it and it goes way. I can have my my dream woman design design it's it's pretty crazy what's going on and we can do all of this and much more 2724 days to fit and we try that again 24 hours a day 7 days a week right on our phones or tablets in our computers and frankly this is what scares me we can access all of this information that we never for 6000 years of earth's history we can access all of this instantaneously where ever we are pretty much whenever we are and get whatever we want so not only is this an amazing tool for us as a people in general but as I've mentioned it's a powerful tool for us as Christians let's use it right. The devil is wild then we need to as Christians give the devil a black eye by using it as well appropriately in a way that brings on or in glory to God So let's look at it in 4 ways we have communication we communicate with each other with emails and instant messaging and this facilitates communication which helps us if we do it right to stay in contact with church members with new interests with shut ins and those in remote places we can interact we can encourage others more consistently even we can have discussions I suppose I suppose discussion for sure is better than debate because usually nobody ever wins in a debate but discussions can be amazing why because we can discuss spiritual ideas with others that have deeper understanding on message boards and in chat rooms you can lead Bible studies you can use the Internet as a way to lead souls to Christ my mother and my step father I just call my my father now my mom and my dad they have not been 7th Day Adventists ever in their life and they weren't really interested in the religion that I had accepted and embraced wholeheartedly and as I'm still going around the world for the last 25 years being able to sing and preach for God my parents were were proud of me because I was a spiritual man by God's grace and doing God's work but they didn't necessarily accept what we had ahold of 2 Christmases ago they were at our home for the holiday season and we were having staff worship at shepherds call ministry and they were invited in and I said of course would you like to join us for staff worship of course yes and we were reading through an amazing light read called the great controversy. And we happened to be in one of those lighter chapters talking about the change of of of the sundry sacredness from Sabbath to Sunday and who was responsible for that and interestingly enough my mom chimed in right at that point and said it was you that told me that right it's I did you know years ago I was like Mom I want to talk to you about some things and we had even done a Sabbath study with her and she started crying and she said you know Christian I just I need to follow my husband I said Mom you need to follow your god because she was convicted of it at that point this was years ago and she never did but she said Would you would you show us that could you show me where that change happened I said yeah no problem so we would grab some some documents and started showing her and she said Would you could you study this out more with us of course I'm going to you of course inside I'm going to and outside of it yes of course right and so I said let's let's study this out I said why don't we start with the Sabbath list do a Bible study on the Sabbath and so we study and there's a reason I'm telling you this so we study this out and my mom begins to cry we spent and I and my mom and dad we spent at least 2 hours maybe 2 and a half hours together studying and reasoning in the word and they came away with the overwhelming conclusion that the 7th day was the Sabbath of the Lord thy God and they needed to keep it now if this is 23 years after I had become a 7th Day Adventist so by the way never stop praying for your family and so what happens they say my mom is crying and she says I said Mom why are you crying she goes well. What are we going to do and she looks over at my dad my dad says well we're going to find a new church. Men. And ice inside I'm going. Yes praise the Lord but the problem was I was living at the time in New Mexico and they lived in California well they left we had some Bible studies after that but they left so how can we have consistent Bible studies in a way that's meaningful and that could even lead to soul conversion Well I use the Internet a righteous use of the Internet so everyone every Sabbath afternoon we had a date with each other when I was free and I wasn't speaking and so it took us a year and a half to get through 27 Bible studies and we did it over Face Time and you want to know what my mom and dad decided this is the truth through the Internet this is the truth we need to find a church course they started going just 2 weeks after we well they left my house back then year and a half ago and and they said we need to find a church so they found a little church in Lodi California English Oaks they started going guess what they found a whole bunch of friends they already had that were covert admitting his innocence they didn't even know some of them were administering they'd been working on community projects and different things not that we walk around going all Adventist you know what I'm saying I'm not trying to get down on my brothers but the reality is my mom said I already had a built in friendship with multiple people in that church they've been going for over a year now guess what we're one study away from them to make a decision for baptism so can we use and have beautiful spiritual discussions with people utilizing this amazing gift that I believe that we have been given a man yes we can. Biblical materials of course and this is what I was just talking about we can have Bible as online you can find commentaries online books audio video sermons sermon outline spiritual articles Bible studies of course we can have with people and of course we have evangelism people can search without being preached at and they can study the word anywhere in the world anytime they want when they have access so the net is becoming this universal medium it's the conduit for most of the information that flows through our eyes and our ears into our minds and the advantages of having immediate access to such incredible rich store of information are many but the dangers are just as prevalent because anything your heart desires you can find on the Internet and if we have a heart that is unconverted Be careful little eyes what you see Be careful little years what you hear you can find the most uplifting ennobling heavenly content or the lowest most disgusting into preved content so we as Christians specifically as Christian parents and spouses we need to be very careful we need to be careful because there is. An adversary out there as a roaring line seeking whom he may devour Satan that is in case you are confused and he was an early adopter of this technology you know an early adopter is it's basically what it sounds like whatever the newest technology is I'm going to adopt it in my life immediately even without thinking about I believe the devil has always been an early adopter because it's like if there's another way I can steal a soul I'm in and I believe that he got involved in this latest technology and whatever will advance his philosophies and his way of living he will use to the fullest and indeed my friends he is. So what we're really talking about is not newly invented sins right we're talking about newly invented ways of committing those old old sins Ecclesiastes says 9 a $19.10 tells us that there is nothing new under the sun so how does Satan use this Internet to steal souls while he propagates false teachings stealing and piracy and played your plagiarism cyber bullying and gambling virtual lives and worlds gaming and pornography social media and networking you see before the only way that we could get information to people was through a physical medium like writing it down and and giving it to people or anciently on rocks or on animal skins and then books and then letters so frankly it was easier for the shepherds of God's congregations to help the people of Virt the evil Are you following but now it's so easily accessible to anything that we want it so much more difficult job for the shepherds today why because it's much easier to be lost today than it was just 10 years ago my friends when I was growing up the only way that you could see pornography is if somebody had a printed magazine or book or or videotape you follow what I'm saying before that you had to actually see the woman or the man naked. You follow what I'm saying we we are a generation and this next generation we're generation of people who are moving so fast Lee for me so fast to a place to where I believe it's going to be we're going to see with our own eyes and I think in this generation not a time setter but the way it's going to open our eyes that this particular we're going to see that the thoughts and intense of people will only be evil continually but by the grace of God. We have some serious problems with this new new generation it's hard for these these pastors and the shepherds of the church to protect the body of Christ from the infiltration of these false theories and damning ideas and now that the information it comes directly into our homes and comes into our children's pockets so let's look at some of the statistics let's see is it really a problem Christian maybe you're just making something a mountain out of a molehill no no let's look at this there are approximately 3900000000 people on the Internet we have about 7000000000 on the planet more than half of the world's population is on the Internet 83 percent of North Americans are Internet users that's that's 8 out of 10 it took radio this put in perspective it took radio 38 years to reach 50000000 users television 13 years to reach. 50000000 the World Wide Web for years to reach 50000000 users so you go from 38 years to 4 band so that means that a huge amount of people are accessing this information rapidly. We've already mentioned $269000000000.00 emails are sent per day 80 percent of those emails are spam $47000000000.00 websites now $47.00. 1000000000 websites now let's just put that into perspective if you burned C.D.'s data C.D.'s with the data flow for just one day on the web OK So on those 47000000000 sites the data stream of information and you burnt it onto C.D.'s guess how far that would stretch to and back how many would think from the West Coast to the east coast and back anybody think it would do that yes some of you how about all round the world 2 times little thin C.D.'s burning data no you know how far it would go to Mars the planet Mars and back in one day. Now why do we say this well because some of the stats that are coming up like 80 percent of all searches on the web are dealing with a subject that's pretty scary We'll look at that in just a moment $30000.00 plus sites are hacked every day worldwide. And the majority of them are from the United States every 60 seconds how many Every 60 seconds there are 3800000 Google searches every every minute and every minute someone is searching 66000 Instagram posts are shared every minute 44 150000 tweets are constructed Every Minute 300 hours of You Tube videos are uploaded to the worldwide web every minit. Can you see how it's go it started here little bit of data and it's exploding. And mazing Now I just referenced why why having those 3800000 Google searches every minute what's 80 percent of all pictures by the way on the Internet are of naked women if you take all of the pictures all on the Internet and 80 percent of them are of naked women do you think this could be a problem for a visual man or a visual woman one 3rd of all Internet searches are for pornography so you take that 39300000000 a day I mean a minute. One 3rd for pornography what's going on my friends it's it's unfiltered access it's a problem it's harder to be saved today than it was just 20 years ago just 10 years ago so among the Internet users 39700000 are U.S. children and teens so that accounts for 62.8 of our youth ages 3 to 19 so we have this. Nearly Well we have 2 thirds almost of our young people are on the internet but when looking at ages just 12 to 17 A new Pew Internet Project report reveals that another that number jumps from 62.8 percent to 93 percent of our teens are online that's basically saying everybody if I took. 10 of our young people out of any one of our tents that are age of course between this is talking about between the what is it what was it 12 and 17 and you lined up those 10. Almost 9 and a half of them are online so friends when you think about that it's logical to think since a 3rd of all Internet searches are for pornography we have a serious problem in our world with our young people don't think that your young people aren't searching for it or at minimum have been exposed to it even by accident you know how we know that they have been because I get to go around to a lot of academies and work with young people and I start they start coming out of the woodworks telling me the problems that they're having they're telling me that they are addicted to this thing called pornography already at a ripe young age you know what it is you know what it is our children are becoming experts at sin at younger ages that's what it is L. White talks about listen to this Ellen White makes that statement where she says on the playground the worldly little children and and non-moral children it's putting our children under demoralizing influences to send them to public schools of what she says because those children will train our children to be experts in sin friends the Internet is far worse of a playground than any little kid playground out there on the planet but parents let kids just watch what they want and download what they want look at what they want will look at that in just a moment. So let's talk about our young people for a minute what we would call the digital natives of today so what what's it mean to be a digital native a digital native are those who are born into or brought up during the age of digital technology and therefore are familiar with computers and the Internet from an early age whereas the majority of us would be considered digital immigrants meaning that we grew up in the analog age where you are an analog would be you have to use a book to get the information right there is a list you grab it on a P.D.F. file or on Wikipedia or what have you on a device and so before this widespread use of digital technology we were considered digital immigrants because we've now immigrated into the digital world but this is very different because our minds were able to develop which we're going to look at this week our minds were able to develop in a very different way and so we even listen we use the digital technology entirely different than the digital natives it's just a way of life for them we have adopted it they have been born into it if I go to a culture and I'm an immigrant of that culture I'm always going to feel kind of like an immigrant in the culture you follow what I'm saying I because I wasn't born into it but if I was born into the culture it's just my culture this is our children they're being born into this digital age it's just part of them I see all over the place little kids doing stuff with their with their i Pads of that I'm like how do you do that I'm talking like 3 year olds they just take to it why their brains but we're going to find their brains are literally physiologically being rewired in a way that's different than your brain and mine what we're going to share with you this week is going to blow your mind we're just playing some foundation right now. In a youth online behavior study it was reported that 58 percent of our youth consider themselves to be heavy users $6.00 to $7.00 days a week although 60 percent of our youth are saying I'm using heavy user 6 to 7 days a week 61 percent of kids play multiplayer online multiplayer online games or Mogs So 61 percent I don't know why these numbers are so crazy high except for that it's their way of life and it's addicting which we will show later 81 percent that's a huge number of 16 to 17 year olds use social networking 53 percent of kids download media the children are just on there and Mom and Dad largely are not monitoring what's going on in fact most parents know what their younger children do on the internet but 91 percent of kids say their parents trust them to do what's right on the Internet come on parents we've got to be careful we you cannot assume that our our young tender plants that we're supposed to train up and guide can handle what's going on on the Internet because some things that are going on are very very demoralizing parents are just not monitoring the activities of their older kids 56 this is this is what the kids are saying when they are research 9 In other words almost 100 percent 9 out of 10 are saying my parents trust me to do what's right 56 parent percent say parents only know some of what they actually do that's scary. 26 percent say their parents don't have time to check up on them well why is that because we're busy busy busy busy busy you know busy stands for right being under Satan's yoke my friends when we're so busy that we cannot even monitor what our kids are doing in their lives then we're out of balance am I right yeah when when we can't monitor what they're doing and assume because they were raised in Sabbath school and they sing these wonderful song which is all beautiful wonderful we have family worship and we have family time and then you know what mom can Dad can I can I get online for little or can I be on my device or play a game you know before I go to bed for an hour or whatever and mom does say yeah go ahead well of course we just fill them with spiritual food so they're going to make spiritual decisions right because after all the Devil doesn't even tempt us adults to look at things we shouldn't but we expect our little kids and our teenagers to make these more decisions when the temptation to temptation temptation you know what temptation is right it's an enticement to sin it's not the sin itself but when you get on the Internet there's enticements to sin everywhere for little children fourteen's 32 percent of teens are younger children do not tell their parents anything about what they're doing online in fact 56 percent of teens hide their online activities this was across all social economic and religious spectrum it didn't matter it was in every group 56 over half were like I don't even tell my parents what I'm looking at or what I'm in gauging or what I'm doing. And so here are the most common ways that young people and adults frankly hide their online activities they minimize their browsers when their parents are near in fact on an Apple computer arms assuming it's probably the same on a Windows machine as well that all use to do as it is hit command tab and you go to a different application even so within a split 2nd you can even see the finger stroke they're switching what you do and on and on just reading all cool and then walk away tab right back and right back into what I was doing or just minimize that page that was on the Internet hide it so the other one comes up I'm studying for my homework no just a moment ago your eyes are bugging out your head because you're looking at pornography they hide or delete texts and e-mails they clear browser history friends friends if there's anything that you can do even in your marriage and then my marriage my my devices are open my wife knows every single password and she can look at my history of anything any time she wants to except for I told her the week leading up to her birthday I'm trying maybe to find something nice for her right and that's not the time I'm diving into sin I'm looking for something nice for her so the reality is we should be able to look at these things and hold each other accountable especially our children if the browser history is deleted it didn't happen by accident it's never happened in the history of the world somebody clicked on it you follow him saying and if somebody is hiding the history they're hiding something that they don't want you to know so one thing you can do as a parent is to simply look is the history still there intact if it is you know. Search through it a tiny bit OK good they're on the right kind of sites they're doing the right types of things it's not always a guarantee that they haven't been on another part of the Internet will look at later 34 percent say they often or always hide their online activities from their parents this is this is amazing this is disturbing really amazing one in 5 U.S. teens who regularly log on to the Internet say they have received unwanted sexual solicitation via the web one in 5 and friends the new numbers are showing it's closer to one in 4 solicitations were defined as requests to engage in sexual activities requests to engage in sexual talk or to give personal sexual information measurements and photos these are the teens one in 33 youths have received an aggressive sexual solicitation in the past year this means a predator asked a young person to meet somewhere one in 33 How many hundreds do we have here that means most likely are young people on this very campus at this beautiful camp meeting have already been solicited to meet somebody somewhere else for sexual favors we can't put our head in the sand anymore AMUN So we have to be educated about these things and open our eyes so it also an aggressive an aggressive sexual solicitation is not just always to go meet somewhere and of course engage in sexual activity but it also included calling a young person on the phone or has continued to send the young person correspondence they'll even send money or gifts to the U.S. Postal Service to start to entice them. 77 percent of the targets for online predators were age 14 to $17.00 that's the like sweet spot that these predators want they want these girls or these boys that are are moving into their prime in their in moving from a boy to a woman through through this process that runs their hormones all over the place and and turns a girl into a woman and a boy into a man while predators both male and female want to have that and so they're targeting specifically 14 to 17 year olds 22 percent were ages $10.00 to $13.00 and I just can't even believe this in fact more than half a 1000000 pedophiles you'll find at any given time on the internet so meet Susan a 42 year old man posing as a 15 year old girl online that's how it works and Susan quote unquote and your 13 year old just made plans to meet at the park because we have so much in common so what they do with these pedophiles is that in these these people that have mental and emotional issues who are not stable they groom with our young people to where before you know it the young people are asking to meet them there is so good at this manipulation and F.B.I. article child predators it was intitled the online threat continues to grow is what it was called. The he says here that the online presence it's a recipe for trouble trouble we have naive teenagers predatory adults and a medium the Internet that easily connects them special agent Greg wean who supervises a cyber squad in Chicago said it's an unfortunate fact of life that pedophiles are everywhere online and when a young person visits an online forum for a popular see teen singer or actor wing said parents quote Listen parents can be reasonably certain that online predators will be there well why would they hang out there because they know our kids are hanging out there it's believed that more than half a 1000000 pedophiles are online every day back in 2005 which was you know 13 years ago these were the numbers we were working to find the latest numbers the Crimes Against Children Research Center reported that 25 percent of children have been exposed to unwanted pornographic material online today that number has risen to 70 percent of children ages 7 to 18 being exposed to unwanted pornographic material while online so we go from we're trying to coldly more information to show you the trend and what's going on so what we're finding is that we go from what was that previous Just to stick we go from 25 percent just 13 years ago to 70 percent of young people being exposed to sexual content pornographic material while they're online and this is from being 17 to 18 and what will what are parents doing about it well we're having some issues. According to another study teens and young adults frequently encounter risks or unpleasant experiences online whether intentionally or not sometimes when your kids see that it's not because they were trying to it happened it popped up in fact there are certain searches that these demoniacs out there if you type in something as benign as X Y Z thing all the sudden a pornography site will come up that is by design of the devil my friends and his agents So even doing homework you're typing in that search you could come up with something that is demoralizing and what's what's sad about this that only one out of 4 times that a teen encountered a risky online situation did they tell their parents about it that's scary because the study found that the more parents freak out about these incidents the less likely their teens are willing to tell them about the next time right because what's a knee jerk reaction well we're just going to we're not going to be on the internet friends sometimes literally the kids have to do school now on the Internet they have to do research on the Internet now you can't take it away unless you do like we did and you homeschool them. Well that just takes too much time and resources and you know what it's worth every single penny and every single hour one of the lead authors of this study wrote and I'm going to read a couple slides here now teens need help navigating the online risks that they face so that they can learn from and overcome them parents don't freak out. Yet unless teens feel they can confide in their parents for help they will ultimately have to handle these risks on their own because we freak out they think I better not take this to Mom and Dad because mom and dad can't even handle it so I have to as a pre-teen even handle that the authors noted these technologies are an everyday part of their teen lives dealing with this new digital reality is now an unavoidable part of good parenting my friends and needs to be embedded in family communication processes yet parents often underestimate how often teens experience these online risks such as privacy breaches or information or photos shared without permission cyberbullying is exploding my friends online harassment sexual solicitations and exposure to explicit pornographic violent deviant or otherwise disturbing content is at an all time high and teens aren't likely to volunteer this information to mom and dad because Mom and Dad just might freak out. In the actual study the types of incidences tracked were grouped into 4 categories there were information breaches online sexual harassment sexual solicitations exposure to explicit content violent deviant or pornographic and during the studies 2 months that they had it there were $249.00 separate incidents in one of these categories that were reported teens mostly kept the situations to themselves and did not tell their parents so in the study they're tracking what's going on the online content what the kids are looking at parents don't know and just do what they normally would do there were $249.00 separate incidents in a 2 month period and largely they did not go and tell their parents often they felt embarrassed or uncomfortable but didn't tell their parents mostly because they thought it was no big deal that's another problem they're being exposed to so much now that sin becomes less sinful. Or they didn't want to deal with their parents reacting negatively so here's what the researchers concluded we now have more insight as to why family communication process is May break down and many of these reasons involve how parents perceive and respond to the risk teens encounter online when teens talk about their online experiences listen withhold judgment and look for opportunities to help them navigate some of the strange and disturbing experiences they may encounter online reading on understand that they are living in a different world and they are exposed to all kinds of content that may be alarming to us but overreacting does nothing to help teens navigate these experiences fear based parenting is not the solution in our house we implemented what we called the white flag rule in our home and fact as I go around to different academies I suggest that the staff also implements a white flag rule in other words you come in and say I'm waving a white flag right now Dad I need to talk to our teacher I'm waving the door or principal I'm waving the white flag right now in other words I've come to realization or I'm struggling with the problem or I have this music and I shouldn't or I've been looking at pornography and I want victory the problem is as soon as we hear that they've done something wrong splat said cut their heads off. Is that how God deals with us no my friends God is ever there with grace and mercy and information and guidance right let's be more like God The long suffering father he is with you and me and in our lives. Let's be that way with our children so we have that white flag policy my children have come to me at different stages in their development or growth they're now 18 and 20 and I can't believe I just said that but they said Dad white flag policy or white flag rule and you know what that was for me it was a and a visual indicator Christian check where your heart and mind is right now and then take a deep breath this is probably going to be some pretty upsetting information because it's there for there for flying the white flag I already know they're nervous to come tell me and the way I react can change everything is that right absolutely So now we can have a shoot of a prayer Dark Lord I don't know what's coming but you do you've already made preparation for this so please give me the grace and strength and wisdom perspective from heaven as I'm going to talk to my chilled my child right now OK son what do you need right inside you're going to open so please oh please oh please oh please. And then they tell you whatever it may be and you know when they're little you're able to control and to see everything that's going on but as they grow older and indeed they should be given more opportunity to make their own decisions and indeed they need to have that freedom to not have mom and dad be that spiritual Hitler in the life all day long they need to grow into their own person right or otherwise when they break free when they turn 18 or whatever they're going to go nuts but that doesn't mean we leave them to their selves that means we're still involved in our life even. My kids did not want me to be involved in life as much as I was but what's interesting as soon as they moved out they had a whole different perspective I just you know and I'm going to read something to you that that amazed me because my youngest son and I we had we had some some some sparks we did because he was thinking I was too much in his life and trying to run and rule his life as a young person and I wouldn't let them watch this and I wouldn't let them see this or do that and so he thought that he was living in an abusive home almost he did and I'm thinking I lived in an abusive home I would almost laugh at it because I'm like no I'm in my son's going what this is a great home what are you talking about hey dad just wanted to say happy Father's Day You're the best father anyone could hope for you've always tried to push me with my dreams and things I wanted in life and you've taught me so much of how to be a man as well as just how to thrive in life in the best role model I've ever had and I hope to be a fraction of how amazing a father you are once I have my children of my own you want to know what that is that's an involved parent that's not worried about my son being upset because I said no amen friends they may not see it right now they may hate you right now you do really well at all these are all the phrases that he would say but when they get some adult perspective and they start thinking and not just feeling they start writing new things like this so do the right thing Amen. Praise God. So we use that white flag rule and most children and teens all have these devices at alarming rates and here's a study that they found in a Pew Research Center report they found that most notably smartphone ownership has become a staple of teen life 95 percent of teens now report they have a smartphone or access to one no matter the demographic no matter the background no matter income level no matter culture 95 percent of our teens have access to whatever they want now and friends we're going to learn as we move on throughout this week that some putting in some of these precautionary web browsers that we used even that would when they type in keyword searches they weren't just on Google and they could search whatever they wanted we had some of these Christian filters in place so it would help but friends it didn't solve all the problem OK So Instagram Snap Chat Facebook You Tube These are the top platforms used on all of these devices which is of course the same for adults the numbers are staggering 45 percent of teens say that there are online almost constant really these mobile connections and uses are in turn fueling more persistent online activities from just listened 2015 when 24 percent of teens were reported to be online almost constantly to 2018 the number went from 24 percent in just 3 years and it's increased to 45 percent 45 percent from 3 years ago 24 percent this means that almost constantly they are online and it's just as high for adults. A new book by Stanford psychologist psychiatrist proves provides a sober warning about how our use of the Internet is making us more angry selfish and impatient in his book virtually you Dr Elias a argues that the time we spend on the Internet doesn't just cause us to have online alter egos it also changes our character Hello Christians anybody want to be a witness it also changes our character who we are and how we relate to others his book refers to the psychological costs that we are paying for our collective love affair with technology Normally we mature and then continue to grow by learning to delay gratification live within a moral framework and respect other people maturity also involves learning how to control our aggressive impulses Dr A contends that this maturity is governed by our instinct policy and super ego but in the wild west of the Internet the restraint and maturity of our super ego has gone a wall the anonymous narcissistic culture of the new social media produces what he calls ordinary everyday viciousness So tomorrow we're going to look at some of the effects now we're going to get into what happens with the brain one of the brain implications in this new digital age and we're going to look at what the this new tech industry what the insiders and whistleblowers are calling brain hacking So tomorrow we're going to look in how we are having our brains hacked by corporate America and our online experiences has any of this made sense to anybody here today. Praise God Be careful little eyes what you see little ears what you hear little hands what you do little feet where you go you know the song right there's so much truth in that God bless you and may your names remain in the book of life maybe we can have a closing prayer list let's pray folks gracious Heavenly Father Lord we come to you ask for wisdom in this digital age Lord you knew this was coming we want to use what we have at our fingertips for righteousness sake and father may never be a snare to steal a soul way or distract us away from you our maker Lord forgive us for where we have stumbled where we have backslidden and Lord help us to be keenly aware and see sin and these enticements for sin as what they are help us to perceive from your eyes exactly the dangers that lie ahead but Father help us to go with strength as we hide ourselves in you surrendering to you the guides of the Holy Spirit and the Ministry of the angels father we love you we thank you for your word we thank you for your sacrifice we thank you for everything that you've provided us with and this is just yet a little bit information a little bit more help us to embrace it help us to use it and to become educated people and not just puppets of the devil Lord we love you and we need you and we pray this all in Jesus name and for his sake amen this media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio version or if you would like to listen to more sermon leave Visit W W W audio verse or.


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