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Summer Warning!

By Tzvi Fishman
6/24/2009, 12:00 AM

Once upon a time, kids could escape the summer heat by staying indoors. But today, with the advent of the Internet, staying indoors means getting all heated up even more. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef has a poster on the streets proclaiming that the Internet is the “Father of Spiritual Impurity.” Thousands of Jews are being lured away from the Torah by the pull of Internet pornography, the poster declares.

If you don't have a filter, this is where your computer belongs.

Now that summer vacation is upon us, any parent who hasn’t done so already, will download an anti-pornography filter if he cares about his children. In our home, we have three different filters to make sure our little Einsteins can’t crack the security codes. In Israel, the Rimon filter is very popular, but it has to be kept at a high safety level to prevent kids from getting into youtube, which is loaded with smut.

Instead of relying on your home computers to keep your kids busy, find your children things that are more constructive, like summer study programs, sleep-away religious camps, sport activities, part-time work, and the like.

Parents who don’t install an anti-porn filter are transgressing the commandment, “Do not put a stumbling block in front of the blind,” and several other prohibitions as well.

Why procrastinate? Save yourselves and your children today!