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Looking for advice on effective software / device / blocker to filter out your electronics, namely pornography? Brand name? Universal system (Wi-Fi) router that blocks all devices at home? I'm aware of Bluecoat K9 which we have our computers, anything newer, strong, better? Anything that can simitaniously handle Rokus, Computers and Phones. Besides cutting out all electronics, anyone finding success elsewhere? Thank you in advance.
Hi! I am new here, hoping to connect with some other parents. We have four kids, and one on the way! I see media has been discussed on this forum, but from what I could tell looking over the posts briefly, specific ideas for how to implement family standards hasn't been the focus. So my question is, what have you done or seen done when it comes to choosing carefully the content of media with your family? I knew one family that didn't watch tv on Sundays and they had a three strike rule when it came to violence, immorality, profanity, etc. (I'm sure if it was extreme they turned it off sooner.) I tend to take literally the standards in For the Strength of Youth, (a pamphlet of standards for lds youth which really applies to all members of the church. )My husband and his dad like to invite our kids to movies that are pg-13, and only one of our kids is 13. Even then I don't think the ratings are conservative enough. I don't understand why my husband and my father-in-law don't agree with me. They are members of the church. I feel a loss of the Spirit if I watch these movies or shows with violence, immorality or foul language. It upsets me that hey want to expose our kids to this regularly. What do other LDS parents do? Any ideas? I didn't grow up in the church, so I only observed these standards being applied in a few homes. It might bother me more than some because I used to live in an abusive family. I don't understand how people can enjoy watching violence and immorality for entertainment. Thank you for taking the time to respond! Have a great day!
A topic just for fun. So last night I had Star Trek: Voyager playing on Netflix to provide some background noise while working on stuff. I love Star Trek, even though I've turned criticizing it into a sort of hobby. Today will be no different. Last night's episode was Lineage, a 7th season offering in which one of the characters, B'Elanna Torres, discovers she's pregnant. (It's okay folks, she's married.) Now as it happens, she's a half Human half Klingon hybrid, and had a rough childhood filled with bullying from other kids, and guilt for feeling like it was her fault her father left her mother. (Yeah... I know.) So the ship's doctor shows her a holographic projection of what the child will look like, and it is clear that the child will also show heavy Klingon physical traits. B'Elanna, worried that the child will have the same problems she had (including driving away the human father, as she believes she did herself as a child) decides to try and get the doctor to go in and re-sequence the child's DNA to remove the Klingon traits. Now, I get that the purpose of this episode was probably to examine the ethical ramifications of fiddling with genetics, trying to produce children with certain traits, etc. A story like that would be perfect for a sci-fi setting and could have been done very, very well. Unfortunately, being in the hands of Voyager writers, it... fails. Miserably. Essentially the script failed to convey B'Elanna's concerns as being at all rational, and, as usual, B'Elanna comes off as belligerent, stubborn and aggressive rather than sympathetic and relatable. When the Doctor expresses reservations at performing the procedure, she tries to get her husband to convince him. Naturally, the husband is totally against trying to tinker with his unborn child's genetics. Undeterred, B'Elanna tries to get the Captain to force the Doctor to perform the procedure. The Captain wisely refuses to do so. So what does B'Elanna do next? Does she talk reasonably with her husband, expressing her concerns in an honest way and talk it out? Nope. Does she accept the wisdom of the people around her that she claims to respect and hold in high regard? Nope. Does she do any soul searching, to ask if it would really be necessary to risk her child's life on the assumption that this child MUST have the same issues she had? Nope. She does the following: She reprograms the Doctor to tamper with his medical judgement, making him willing to perform the procedure. She tampers with the hatch to sickbay, making it impossible to open using normal means, including the security override. She sets up a forcefield around the sickbay treatment station, so nobody can stop the doctor from performing this procedure. So basically, she's telling her husband, her friends and her commanding officer that, no matter what they may have to say, she's doing what she wants and that's the end of it. So in a single act of what is essentially mutiny, she commits the following crimes: Unauthorized modification of a critical starship system (The holographic Doctor) Unauthorized use of security protocols to restrict proper access of starship facilities to the crew. (Sickbay. What if someone else had been injured or was ill?) Unauthorized use of a forcefield to interfere with ship's security. Disobeying an order (The Captain was deferring to the Doctor's medical judgement and ordered her and her husband to work it out between them.) Mutiny Endangering fellow crewmates (by restricting access to sickbay) Initiating an unlawful medical procedure (If it were lawful, the Captain would have no authority to say no) Not to mention the morally and ethically questionable acts of: Tampering with a friend's mind to force them to see things her way (The Doctor) Making a unilateral decision about the child without regard for the father's side and forcing her wishes Abusing her technical skills to subvert ship's security, systems and equipment Making unnecessary and risky modifications to her child's body based solely on her own unhappy childhood experiences Demonstrating a willingness to place her own wishes and judgement over that of her doctor, her Captain and her husband. Of course, the others are able to stop the procedure before it's done, and after a tearful and melodramatic conversation with her husband, B'Elanna relents and agrees to leave the child alone to develop naturally. Her own inner fears of the hybrid child driving away the dad are expressed and addressed, and all is well. The ship continues to fly through space, back to normal. Maybe I'm just not a forgiving enough person, but I feel like there should have been.... I dunno... some consequences for the actions of this irritating and odious character. Captain Janeway: Should have put B'Elanna in the brig for at least a month with a reduction in rank. Her higher level security clearance revoked. Tom Paris: Would have put her on notice that he has no desire to ever abandon her, but if she continues to undermine and poison the marriage in this way, including endangering the child(ren), that might well destroy the marriage. The Doctor: Should have told B'Elanna to stay away from sickbay until further notice unless she's bleeding, dying or in labor. Her husband could handle her bumps and scrapes. (He's the ship's medic as well as helmsman.) I think the biggest problem with this character is that she's given far more authority, responsibility and yes, forgiveness than she can handle. This episode is only one of many where B'Elanna does morally questionable things and everything is always forgiven because she's a gifted engineer and is needed to maintain the ship. I don't know that I entirely blame the character as a concept... the writers obviously wanted her to be a sympathetic character but more often than not she just comes across as annoying at best. I don't know whether the blame rests with the writers, the directors or the actress, but it's probably shared. The other problem is that she is a character meant to represent someone who is conflicted by having one foot in each of two worlds... Human and Klingon. The problem is that we already had a character like that: Worf. And he did it far, far better. He was a full-blooded Klingon but had been raised on Earth by human parents. He had his own struggles and conflicts but he generally resolved them in a more constructive way, sometimes accepting help from friends when he needed it. He did this and remained likable and relatable. B'Elanna was just a failed character from start to finish.