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Posted: August 13, 2013 8:30 p.m.

Protecting our children

"As adults we play a role in abuse ... and if you are not protecting children, you are neglecting them AND THAT IS ABUSE."

- Unknown quote

Many of us can remember our grandparents, when we complained about walking a few blocks to school, telling us how they used to trudge 15 miles or more to school through inclement weather.

If you are a grandparent today, we are sure that you have reminded your grandchildren how it was in the good old days, when your parents would send you out into the world early in the morning with no expectations of seeing you until dinner time, when your father would return home from work.

We are sure your grandchildren have rolled their eyes and shrugged their shoulders in disbelief, just as you did with your grandparents. What we don’t know is what kinds of stories our grandchildren and children are going to be able to share with their grandchildren. Because in today’s world, no one with good common sense lets their children out of their sight at any time.

Unfortunately, in today’s world, that’s not enough. We must also keep our children’s phone and website contacts under surveillance, because out there are contacts being made by our children with predators and perverts every day. We don’t know if we as a society will ever return to the moral compass that guided our grandparents, but we do know that you, as a grandparent or a parent, have an obligation to protect your children from the many evil people who lurk on the Internet or who have access to your children’s phones.

Now that school has started, you should be even more vigilant. If your child’s personality changes unexpectedly, there is a problem.

Be alert and protect your children. They may not like your protection, but when they grow older and have children of their own, they will thank you.

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