"Christians and the Internet" newsletter
CATI, Vol. 1, No. 7:  February 18, 2000.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. FREE STUFF ON THE INTERNET: AN INTRODUCTION
2. SOME CHRISTIAN WEB SITES: AN EXPANDED LIST
3. FAMILY-SAFE INTERNET:  KEEPING KIDS SAFE WITH GETNETWISE
4. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION FOR THIS NEWSLETTER
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1. FREE STUFF ON THE INTERNET: AN INTRODUCTION
It's sometimes said that the best things in life are free.  At
times that is very true.  For example, according to the Bible,
"...the wages of sin is death, but the (free) gift of God is
eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23).
It's also true, of course, that the worst things in life are
free.  That's shown, for example, in the lyrics to a song by
Tom Lehrer, "The Old Dope Peddler":  "he gives the kids free
samples because he knows full well that today's young innocent
victims will be tomorrow's clientele."
There is a lot of free stuff on the Internet.  Some of it is
worthwhile, and some of it isn't.  And some of the "free"
stuff comes with a cost, which may or may not be obvious.
Compare regular "commercial" television with cable.  You pay
for cable, but "commercial" TV is "free."  Or is it?  Yes,
"commercial" TV -- like ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC -- is "free"
in a way, but it's not certainly not free of commercials!
(Is that why they call it "commercial" television?)  Much (but
not all) of the "free" stuff on the Internet you really pay
for by having to put up with the advertising.  You have to
decide whether that is worth it to you or not.
There is, however, a lot of good free stuff around, and there
are some Web sites that can help you find it.  A good starting
place is TheFreeSite.com:
  http://www.thefreesite.com/
At that site you will find the following:
Anonymous Services (to protect your privacy)
 http://www.thefreesite.com/anonymous.htm
Chat Freebies
 http://www.thefreesite.com/freechat.htm
E-Mail Freebies
 http://www.thefreesite.com/email.htm
Free Banner Services (to promote your Web site)
 http://www.thefreesite.com/bannerservices.htm
Free Counters (again, if you have a Web site)
 http://www.thefreesite.com/freecounters.htm
Free Digital Postcards (and digital greeting cards)
 http://www.thefreesite.com/freedigitalcards.htm
Free Fonts
 http://www.thefreesite.com/font.htm
Free Games
 http://www.thefreesite.com/freegames.htm
Free Graphics (primarily for Web sites)
 http://www.thefreesite.com/freegraphics.htm
Free Product Samples
 http://www.thefreesite.com/freesamples.htm
Free Screen Savers
 http://www.thefreesite.com/screensavers.htm
Free Software (of many different types)
 http://www.thefreesite.com/software.htm
Free Sounds and Music
 http://www.thefreesite.com/freesounds.htm
Free Stuff News (TheFreeSite.com's free newsletter)
 http://www.thefreesite.com/freenewsletter.htm
Free Web Pages
 http://www.thefreesite.com/freewebpages.htm
Java Freebies (and free JavaScript, for Web page authors)
 http://www.thefreesite.com/freejava.htm
Misc. Freebies (free faxing, technical advice, etc., etc.)
 http://www.thefreesite.com/miscfreebies.htm
Newest Freebies (latest additions to their listings)
 http://www.thefreesite.com/newestfreebies.htm
Practical Joke Freebies
 http://www.thefreesite.com/gags.htm
Prizes & Contests
 http://www.thefreesite.com/contests.htm
Reminder Services
 http://www.thefreesite.com/reminder.htm
Webmaster Freebies (useful for Web page authors)
 http://www.thefreesite.com/webmaster.htm
There's also a Freebies FAQ (list of Frequently Asked Questions
and their answers):
Freebies FAQ
 http://www.thefreesite.com/freefaq.htm
Being a good steward of our money may include our not spending
money unnecessarily, and The Free Site may be a good starting
place to explore in order to find some of the good things that
are available for free.  Links on the main page will take you
to many more links.
The September 1999 issue of Yahoo! Internet Life (newsstand
edition) suggests the following additional "Freebie Web Sites":
Cool Freebies!
 http://www.coolfreebies.com/
FreeCenter.com
 http://www.freecenter.com/
Free2Try.com
 http://www.free2try.com/
FreeShop
 http://www.freeshop.com/
(The Original) Totally Free Stuff!!
 http://www.totallyfreestuff.com/
Yahoo! Internet Life Freebies, Bargains, & Contests
 http://www.zdnet.com/yil/content/depts/freebies/freebies.html
You may find other suggestions by searching Yahoo! Internet
Life's Web site:
  http://www.zdnet.com/yil/
And here's one more "Free Stuff" site that may especially be
worth a look:
YES...FREE!
 http://www.yesfree.com/
Why visit this site in particular? The site itself offers the
following reason: 
"At Yes...Free! we weed out all the Junk and present just the
GOOD FREE STUFF. Other sites list 1000's of links and you spend
hours surfing through dribble just to find a few worthwhile
Freebies. YOU have our guarantee that if it's on our site, it's
quality free goodies or FREE ways to really SAVE money!"
You'll have to judge for yourself how successful they are at
living up to their claim.
Yes, much "free stuff" is junk, and we are to be good stewards
of our time as well as of our money.  In spite of the "junk,"
however, there is much that is worthwhile that is really free
and from which we can benefit.
In a future issue I hope to present some specific suggestions
as to what is worthwhile (particularly in the area of free
software, some of which is not only genuinely free, but also
actually better than software that costs money!), but for now
you have an opportunity to do your own exploring in this area.
Enjoy!
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2. SOME CHRISTIAN WEB SITES: AN EXPANDED LIST
Following you'll find an expanded list of Christian Web sites,
some of which you may like to check out further.  Some of the
sites on the list are "Reformed" in perspective; others are
more broadly evangelical in viewpoint.  (The original list
appeared in Vol. 1, No. 1 of CATI.)
Obviously, this list is not a complete list of Christian Web 
sites, nor does inclusion of a particular Web site on the list
necessarily imply full endorsement of that site.  You should,
however, find some here that you will find profitable and/or
interesting.  Each has something special to offer.  The forty
or so sites marked with an asterisk ("*") were not mentioned
previously in CATI.
A 21st Century Puritanism
 http://www.kcnet.com/~puritan/
Abate Not:  Reformed Christian and Reformation Resources
 http://members.aol.com/mariostz/christian/
Abortion and the Christian by John Jefferson Davis
 http://members.aol.com/CPLBO/AbortionandtheXian.toc.html
Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals
 http://www.alliancenet.org/
American Association of Christian Schools
 http://www.aacs.org/
*American Center for Law and Justice
 http://www.aclj.org/
American Family Association (Donald E. Wildmon)
 http://www.afa.net
American Tract Society
 http://www.gospelcom.net/ats/
American Vision
 http://www.avision1.com/
Andre Kole
 http://www.andrekole.org/
Antithesis
 http://www.reformed.org/webfiles/antithesis/
ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band)
 http://www.apologetix.com/
As for My House
 http://www.gcp.org/ministries/as_for_my_house.htm
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church
 http://www.arpsynod.org/
Association of Classical & Christian Schools
 http://www.accsedu.org/
Audio Bible Online (KJV)
 http://www.audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Awesome Christian Sites (CrossDaily.com)
 http://awesome.crossdaily.com/
Baker Book House
 http://www.bakerbooks.com/
The Banner of Truth
 http://www.banneroftruth.co.uk/
Best of the Christian Web
 http://www.botcw.com/
Bethany Christian Services
 http://www.bethany.org/
Bible Gateway
 http://bible.gospelcom.net/bible?
The Bible League
 http://www.bibleleague.org/
Bible Study Hour (James Montgomery Boice)
 http://www.icrn.com/The_Bible_Study_Hour/
Bible Study Tools
 http://www.biblestudytools.net/
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
 http://billygraham.org
Blue Letter Bible
 http://www.khouse.org/blueletter/
*Books & Culture
 http://www.christianity.net/bc/current/
Boston Homepage (Thomas Boston)
 http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Den/1548/index.html 
BreakPoint (Charles Colson)
 http://www.breakpoint.org/
BrightLight Books
 http://www.brightlightbooks.com/
C.H. Spurgeon:  An Audio Archive
 http://www.mountzion.org/spurgeon.html
C.S. Lewis and the Inklings
 http://personal.bgsu.edu/~edwards/lewis.html
*Calvinist Cadet Corps
 http://www.gospelcom.net/cadets/
Campus Crusade for Christ
 http://www.ccci.org/
*Campus Life
 http://www.christianity.net/campuslife/current/
CCM Magazine Online (Contemporary Christian Music)
 http://www.ccmcom.com/
Center for Reformed Theology and Apologetics (CRTA)
 http://www.reformed.org/
Center for the Advancement of Paleo Orthodoxy
 http://capo.org/
*CHAIM (Christians Announcing Israel's Messiah)
 http://www.chaim.org/
Chalcedon Foundation
 http://www.chalcedon.edu
*Charles Colson (from Christianity Today)
 http://www3.christianity.net/ct/features/colson.html
  (see also Breakpoint and Prison Fellowship Ministries)
Children's Ministry International, Inc.
 http://www.childministry.com/
Christian Answers Network (ChristianAnswers.net)
 http://www.ChristianAnswers.net/canhome.html
Christian Book Distributors (Christianbook.com; CBD)
 http://www.chrbook.com/
Christian Classics Ethereal Library
 http://ccel.wheaton.edu/
Christian Coalition
 http://www.cc.org/
Christian Computing Magazine
 http://www.gospelcom.net/ccmag/
*Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI)
 http://www.ccli.com/
Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF)
 http://www.ccef.org/
*Christian Financial Concepts (Larry Burkett)
 http://www.cfcministry.org/
*Christian Freedom International
 http://www.christianfreedom.org/
*Christian Home & School
 http://www.gospelcom.net/csi/chs/current_issue/
*Christian Parenting Today
 http://www.christianity.net/cpt/current/
*Christian Reader
 http://www.christianity.net/cr/current/
Christian Scholar's Review
 http://www.hope.edu/resources/csr/
Christian Schools International
 http://www.gospelcom.net/csi/
*Christianity Online
 http://www.christianityonline.com/comag/current/
ChristianityToday.com
 http://www.christianityonline.com/ct/current/print.html
 and http://www.christianityonline.com/ct/current/
Christians United for Reformation (CURE)
 http://capo.org/cure/cure.html
ChristianTeens.Net
 http://www.christianteens.net/main.shtml
Classical Christian Schooling Network
 http://www.ccsnet.org/
Concerned Women for America
 http://www.cwfa.org/
Contra Mundum
 http://www.visi.com/~contra_m/cm/
Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church (D. James Kennedy)
 http://www.cr-online.com/
*Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
 http://www.gospelcom.net/cccu/
Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW)
 http://www.cbmw.org/
Covenant College
 http://www.covenant.edu/
Covenant Media Foundation
 http://www.cmfnow.com/
Covenant Theological Seminary
 http://www.covenantseminary.edu/
Credenda Agenda
 http://www.credenda.org/
CrossSearch (Online Christian Resource Directory)
 http://www.crosssearch.com/
Crosswalk.com
 http://www.crosswalk.com/
*Crown & Covenant Publications
 http://www.psalms4u.com/
Cumberland Valley Bible Book Service
 http://www.cvbbs.com/
Cyber Hymnal
 http://tch.simplenet.com/
Desiring God Ministries (John Piper)
 http://www.desiringgod.org/
Escondido Tutorial Service
 http://www.gbt.org/
*Family Radio
 http://www.familyradio.com/index.html
Family Research Council
 http://www.frc.org/
*Farese.com
 http://farese.com/
Favorite Hymns
 http://www.kcnet.com/~puritan/hymns.htm
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
 http://www.fca.org/
*Fellowship of Christian Magicians
 http://www.gospelcom.net/fcm/
Fire and Ice:  Puritan and Reformed Writings
 http://www.puritansermons.com/index.htm
Focus on the Family
 http://www.fotf.org/
Gateway to Joy (Elizabeth Elliot)
 http://www.gospelcom.net/bttb/listen/gwtj/
Geneva College
 http://www.geneva.edu/
Gideons International
 http://www.gideons.org/
Global Journal of Classical Theology
 http://www.trinitysem.edu/journal/journalmain.html
GOSHEN (Christian Search Engine and Directory)
 http://www.goshen.net/
Gospel Communications Network
 http://www.gospelcom.net/
Gospel Communications International
 http://www.gospelcom.net/gf/
Grace Online Library
 http://www.graceonlinelibrary.org/
Grace to You (John MacArthur)
 http://www.gty.org/
Great Commission Publications
 http://www.gcp.org/
A Guide to Christian Literature on the Internet (Pointing the
  Way)
 http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/christian-books.html#books
A Guide to Christian Resources on the Internet (Not Just
  Bibles)
 http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/christian-resources.html
Hall of Church History
 http://www.gty.org/~phil/hall.htm
*Hollywood Jesus
 http://www.hollywoodjesus.com/
*Homeschooling Today
 http://www.homeschooltoday.com/home.htm
I.C.E. FreeBooks
 http://freebooks.entrewave.com/freebooks/sidefrm3.htm
Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship
 http://www.ibcd.org/
Institute for Creation Research (ICR)
 http://www.icr.org/
Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
 http://www.smartlink.net/~douglas/calvin/
International Bible Society
 http://www.gospelcom.net/ibs/
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
 http://www.persecutedchurch.org/home.cfm
International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES)
 http://www.ifesworld.org/
Internet for Christians (Quentin J. Schultze)
 http://www.gospelcom.net/ifc/
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
 http://www.gospelcom.net/iv/
Into the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
 http://cslewis.DrZeus.net/
*James Ward Music
 http://www.jameswardmusic.com/
Jews for Jesus
 http://www.jewsforjesus.org/
John Newton (The Newton Library)
 http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pointe/4495/index2.html
John Owen:  Puritan Prince of the Divines
 http://www.theocentric.com/johnowen/
JonathanEdwards.com
 http://www.jonathanedwards.com/
Journal of Biblical Ethics in Medicine
 http://capo.org/jbem/intro_pa.htm
Judy Rogers
 http://www.judyrogers.com/
Just Moms
 http://www.justmoms.com/
Knox Theological Seminary
 http://www.knoxseminary.org/KTS_main.asp
L'Abri Fellowship (Switzerland)
 http://www.labri.org/
*Leadership
 http://www.christianity.net/leadership/current/
Legacy: WWW Reformed & Puritan Christian Literature
 http://www.iserv.net/~mrbill/Legacy.html
Ligonier Ministries (Renewing Your Mind with R.C. Sproul)
 http://www.gospelcom.net/ligonier/
Logos Research Systems, Inc.
 http://www.logos.com/
*Marriage Partnership
 http://www.christianity.net/mp/current/
*Men of Integrity
 http://www3.christianity.net/menofintegrity/
Michael Card
 http://michaelcard.com/
Mid-America Reformed Seminary
 http://www.m-ars.com/
*Middle East Reformed Fellowship (MERF)
 http://www.merf.org/
Modern Reformation
 http://www.alliancenet.org/pub/mr/mr.html
*The Mountain Retreat!
 http://members.aol.com/twarren10/search.html
*MovieGuide
 http://movieguide.crosswalk.com/info/reviews
*NAPARC Member Congregations
 http://www.opc.org/relations/NAPARC.html
National Association of Evangelicals (NAE)
 http://nae.net/
National Association of Nouthetic Counselors
 http://www.nanc.org/
Navigators
 http://www.gospelcom.net/navs/
NetCentral
 http://www.netcentral.net/
New Horizons
 http://www.opc.org/new_horizons.html
Not Just Bibles: A Guide to Christian Resources on the Internet
 http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/christian-resources.html
*Open Doors with Brother Andrew
 http://www.opendoorsusa.org/
Ordained Servant 
 http://www.opc.org/OS/Ordained_servant.html
Orthodox Presbyterian Church
 http://www.opc.org/
P & R Publishing
 http://www.prpbooks.com/
*Philip Yancey (from Christianity Today)
 http://www3.christianity.net/ct/features/yancey.html
Pilgrim's Page:  A John Bunyan Archive
 http://www.mountzion.org/bunyan.html
Piper's Notes
 http://www.soundofgrace.com/piper.htm
Pointing the Way: A Guide to Christian Literature on the
  Internet
 http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/christian-books.html#books
Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)
 http://www.pcanet.org/
Presbyterian Youth of America (PYA)
 http://www.newcitymedia.com/pya/
*Preview Family Movie and TV Review
 http://www.gospelcom.net/preview/
Prison Fellowship Ministries
 http://www.pfm.org/
Probe Ministries
 http://www.probe.org/
Promise Keepers
 http://www.promisekeepers.org/
Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
 http://www.heritagebooks.org/seminary.html
*A Puritan's Mind
 http://www.apuritansmind.com/
*Ravi Zacharias International Ministries
 http://www.gospelcom.net/rzim/
RealAudio Bible (NIV)
 http://www.talkingbible.com/
*Reformation Ink
 http://www.markers.com/ink/
Reformed Bible College
 http://www.reformed.edu/
Reformed Church in the United States
 http://www.rcus.org/
Reformed Episcopal Church
 http://www.recus.org/index.htm
Reformed Network (Protestant Reformed Network)
 http://www.reformednet.org/refnet/index.htm
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America
 http://www.reformedpresbyterian.org/
Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary (RPTS)
 http://www.rpts.edu/
Reformed Theological Seminary
 http://www.rts.edu/
*Reformed Theological Seminary Bookstore
 http://www.rtsbookstore.edu/
Renewing Your Mind with R.C. Sproul (Ligonier Ministries)
 http://www.gospelcom.net/ligonier/
Rutherford Institute
 http://www.rutherford.org/welcome.asp
Scottish Preachers
 http://www.newble.co.uk/hall/
*Sola Scriptura! (Michael Bremmer)
 http://members.tripod.com/~Michael_Bremmer/sola.htm
Sound Word Associates, Ltd.
 http://www.soundword.com/
Southern California Center for Christian Studies (SCCCS)
  and Bahnsen Theological Seminary (BTS)
 http://www.scccs.org/
SovGrace (Sovereign Grace Theology Resource Center)
 http://www.dallas.net/sovgrace/
Spirit-Wars (Peter Jones)
 http://www.spirit-wars.com/
Spurgeon Archive
 http://www.spurgeon.org/
Still Waters Revival Books
 http://www.swrb.com/
*The Strait Gate
 http://straitgate.com/
Summit Ministries
 http://www.ChristianAnswers.net/summit/sumhome.html
Telling the Truth by Marvin Olasky
 http://www.worldmag.com/world/olasky/truth1.html
The Lighthouse electronic Magazine (TLeM)
 http://tlem.netcentral.net/toc.html
Thornwell Hall
 http://www.thornwellhall.org
*Today's Christian Woman
 http://www.christianity.net/tcw/current/
Unravelling Wittgenstein's Net - A Christian ThinkTank
 http://www.webcom.com:80/~ctt/
*Virtue
 http://www3.christianity.net/virtue/
*The Voice of the Martyrs (Persecution.com)
 http://www.persecution.com/home.asp
*Wanted:  Thinking Christians
 http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Thebes/4689/
Web Devotions
 http://www.farese.com/webdev.htm
Westminster Bookstore
 http://www.wts.edu/bookstore/
Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
 http://bpc.org/wsc/
Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia)
 http://www.wts.edu/
Westminster Seminary California
 http://www.wscal.edu/
Wheaton College
 http://www.wheaton.edu/
White Horse Inn (Michael Horton)
 http://www.icrn.com/The_White_Horse_Inn/
World Magazine
 http://www.worldmag.com/
www.francis.schaeffer.net
 http://www.francis.schaeffer.net/
Wycliffe Bible Translators
 http://www.wycliffe.org/
Young Life Ministries
 http://www.younglife.org/
*Your Church
 http://www3.christianity.net/yc/
Youth for Christ (YFC)
 http://www.gospelcom.net/yfc/
*Youth Specialties
 http://www.gospelcom.net/ys/
Zondervan Publishing House
 http://www.zondervan.com/
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3. FAMILY-SAFE INTERNET: KEEPING KIDS SAFE WITH GETNETWISE
"Keeping Kids Safe Online":  That's the title of Sharon Nash's
article, which you can find in the August 23, 1999 issue of
PC Magazine Online:
   http://www.zdnet.com/pcmag/stories/trends/0,7607,2319112,00.html
In it she mentions several sites that may assist parents in
making the Internet safe for the family, but in this article
I'll just mention perhaps the most helpful one:
"If you're finding all the choices in technologies for
protecting your kids online overwhelming, you may want to seek
a little outside advice. Now there is a Web site where parents
can get the latest information on and tools for protecting
their kids from the dark side of the Web."
That site is GetNetWise.org, which you'll find at this address:
  http://www.getnetwise.org/
Nash's article continues as follows:
"At the...GetNetWise site, you'll find the Internet Safety
Guide, which explains the potential safety risks of e-mail,
chat rooms, and Web sites."
Here's where you'll find the "Internet Safety Guide":
Online Safety Guide
 http://www.getnetwise.org/safetyguide/
In addition to e-mail, chat rooms, and Web sites, this guide
covers other matters to consider as well, including instant
messaging, newsgroups, privacy concerns, and more.  
The main point is that kids need guidance and guidelines on
the Internet just as they do in other areas of life (such as
taking a trip to the local shopping mall).  The risks are
minimized when you are aware of them and prepare accordingly
for them (such as setting a rule for kids not to talk with
strangers without checking with an adult first).
As Nash observes, GetNetWise.org offers other assistance as
well:
"Another section describes technologies for monitoring Internet
usage, filtering objectionable content, and controlling
computer use. The site also has links to law enforcement and
advocacy groups in case you need to report online trouble. A
guide to kids' content provides links to educational and
entertainment sites designed for children."
Here's where you'll find those areas in GetNetWise.org:
Tools for Families
 http://www.getnetwise.org/tools/
Reporting Trouble
 http://www.getnetwise.org/trouble/
Web Sites for Kids
 http://www.getnetwise.org/kidsites/
A bit later I'll comment on a weakness of lists of "Web sites
for kids," but for now let me mention that GetNetWise.org also
includes a useful "Glossary":
Glossary of Basic Internet Terms
 http://www.getnetwise.org/glossary.shtml
One strength -- as well as one weakness -- of this particular
site is that it represents the working together of a number of
major "Internet industry and corporations and public interest
organizations."  Here's where you'll find the list of
GetNetWise supporters:
  http://www.getnetwise.org/supporters.shtml
That list includes America Online, A T & T, Bell Atlantic,
Disney Online, Microsoft Corporation, Yahoo! Inc, and many
more.
What this means is that the list of "online safety tools"
suggested is comprehensive and "objective" (and there are a
great number of such tools available), but it also means that
there are no endorsements or recommendations of specific tools
(except for letting you know, for example, what tools perform
what functions, which, admittedly, is useful information).
Nevertheless, it can be a useful site, even though you may
have to go elsewhere to find penetrating, in-depth reviews of
particular software products.
Incidentally, you may perhaps be interested to know that Nash's
comments, which appeared online on August 23, 1999, reappeared,
word for word, in the September 21, 1999 newsstand edition of
PC Magazine.  Thus it would appear that -- in at least some
situations -- information may appear online before it appears
in print at the newsstand (which is one of the advantages of
the Internet?).
Getting back to the matter of lists of "Web sites for kids,"
Christian parents should be aware that inclusion of a site
in such a list does not guarantee that they as parents will
agree with everything associated with that site.  Perhaps the
best way for me to illustrate my point is with a specific
example.
The following site is often found in lists of "Web sites for
kids" and is usually enthusiastically recommended:
Ask Jeeves for Kids
 http://www.ajkids.com/
One strength of this site is that it attempts to be a kid-safe
site:  "...Ask Jeeves for Kids has created a fast, easy, and
safe way for kids to find answers to their questions online.
[It] is primarily an educational Web site that kids can use for
homework help and research for school projects.... Each Web
site included...is carefully selected.... We include only
'G-rated' pages and those written specifically for children.
We select sites for the quality and depth of their content,
and for safety."  Such is the site's admirable description of
its goals.  
One weakness of this site is, however, that it will sometimes
present present-day popular opinion as if it were fact (and
such "facts" may at times, according to the understanding of
evangelical Protestantism, be just plain wrong!).
Example #1 from the site:  "The evolutionary change, that
produced humans from...an ape, occurred millions of years ago."
Example #2:  "Being gay, lesbian, or bisexual is a normal and
healthy way to be."
Conservative Christians would reject both of these statements
as contrary to the teaching of the Bible (see, for example,
Genesis 1:27; 2:7, 22 on the special creation of Adam and Eve
and Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:26-27 on the unnatural nature of
gay/lesbian activity, although repentance of this morally
wrong behavior -- like that of any other sin -- can by the
power of the gospel bring about forgiveness and a changed
life through Jesus Christ:  see 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).  
Incidentally, the conviction that homosexual behavior is sinful
is the traditional position not only of Christianity, but also
of Judaism and Islam, but Ask Jeeves for Kids seems to show no
hesitation in recommending to kids a position that is contrary
to the teaching of three major world religions!
Thus "kid-safe" as popularly defined does not mean that the
content is conformable to Christian faith and life.  Here
also it is the responsibility of Christian parents to "bring
[their children] up in the training and instruction of the
Lord" (Ephesians 6:4).  And it is not safe for parents to 
simply turn over that responsibility to the Internet!
In short, parents make the best parents.  The Internet is no
more sufficient to serve as babysitter than is the television
set (although some Web sites, of course, are much better than
others).
A "Web site for kids" that is not specifically committed to a
Christian understanding may contain a lot of worthwhile, good
material, but it may also contain some material with which a
Christian parent may well take issue.  That material may be
rare, but it does mean that such sites should be used with
appropriate discretion.
I hope that this information is helpful to parents who are
interested in making the Internet safe for the family.  If you
have relevant comments or questions on the subject, feel free
to write to me at cati@traver.org.
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