My two cents

Joanna Jullien "Parental authority cannot be taken. It can only be lost when we surrender it."  Photo by: Christi Benz

Joanna Jullien “Parental authority cannot be taken. It can only be lost when we surrender it.” Photo by: Christi Benz

Last week the FBI reached out for public support to identify over 250 12 and 13-year-old victims of the biggest  “sextortion” case in U.S. history. The 31-year-old pedophile was sentenced to 105 years in prison last year, and the FBI were able to contact 105 of the 350 victims he had terrorized with threats of exposing their explicit photos to their family and friends via social media – the very tool that enabled him to convince them they had no choice but to give in to his evil demands in the first place.

To read more about “sextortion” and tips from the FBI, check out this Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner article

It is a fact of life that innovation can be used for good or not good, and the role of the parent in a hyper-connected world is to help youth stand their own ground so as not to give into the pressures of exploitation. Now more than ever our children need to understand that they are born to love and be loved in all circumstances, especially when confronted with evil. This is a lesson they must first learn at home, in a family culture governed by the one mustard seed of faith that makes a free society possible: God grants every individual intelligent life and free will –and this is power that can never be taken, but easily surrendered.

The victims of this pedophile need to know that their experience with him was a lie that became a real experience and it is only true for them, their identity, if they allow it to be so in their own minds. (Romans 12:2). I pray that the remaining victims are found and are able to receive closure and a measure of peace from knowing that nothing can separate them from the love that comes from the heart of God: Divine Love.

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Joanna Jullien is an author, educator and speaker on strengthening the parent-child relationship in a cyber powered world. She is a mother of two grown sons, the author of The Authority In Me: The Power of Family Life in the Network Culture, produces The Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner column on Examiner.com, and is the CyberParenting advisor on The Fish 103.9FM. Her new book, A Google World in the Garden of Eden: Five Family-Safe Strategies for Texting and Social Media is now available for PC and all eReader formats including Kindle, Nook, iPad

As the Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner, my personal mission is to educate and inspire parents from all walks of life and social settings to realize their inherent authority to govern the home and educate the child about their own power; the personal power that comes from the spiritual resilience of your chosen faithAnd so I write for Examiner.com to express the passion of my mother heart to a diverse audience.