7. Counter the impact of technology with regular family councils.
In his April 2016 general conference talk, Elder Ballard taught parents the power of holding family councils.
“A family council, when conducted with love and with Christlike attributes, will counter the impact of modern technology that often distracts us from spending quality time with each other and also tends to bring evil right into our homes.”
Although there was a time when parents could keep kids safe with physical barriers, Elder Ballard acknowledges:
“Those days are now gone. The physical walls, doors, fences, and gates of our homes cannot prevent unseen invasion from the Internet, the Wi-Fi, the mobile phones, the networks. They can penetrate our homes with just a few clicks and keystrokes.”
However, effective family councils can arm families against evil invasions. Elder Ballard teaches that family councils differ from family home evenings because they are primarily for parents to listen to children and engage them to solve specific problems. He reminds parents “that a family council held regularly will help us spot family problems early and nip them in the bud.”
One of my favorite illustrations in Good Pictures Bad Pictures is a family holding up encouraging signs like “You CAN DO it!” and “We’re proud of you!” This picture near the end of our book portrays the truth that when families face pornography together, children aren’t left to face it alone.
Don’t allow your kids to face pornography alone. Use these seven strategies to fortify them and the blessings will be felt for generations.