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        The Teaching Home E-Mail Newsletter #61
        Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement

        December 31, 2003  /  Cindy Short and Sue Welch, editors

Table of Contents
Part 3-A of 3-Part Series on Computers: The Internet
     Benefits of Using the Internet
     Protecting Your Children on the Internet
Notes from Our Readers
Recommended Resources
     Family Time (Edited!) Movies
     Christian Book Clearing House (Save up to 80%)
Sunny Side Up: Humorous Anecdote

 * * * Happy New Year! * * *

     We wish you the Lord's best for your family in the coming year --
and your best for Him.  This year you and your family can hear all
He has written to us by reading just 20 minutes each day.  See
several schedules at
     In this issue we continue our 3-part series on computers.  The
third part, the Internet, will be divided into sections A (this issue)
and B (next issue).
     Also in this issue we have some notes from our readers.  We
would love to hear from you too!  See information on sending a
contribution for Family Sketch, Notes from Our Readers, or
Sunny Side Up at

Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian Welch
The Teaching Home is a 23-year-old, home-school family business.

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3-Part Series on Computers:
     Part 1:  Learn To Use (Issue #58)

     Part 2:  Use To Learn (Issue #59)

     Part 3:  The Internet (Issue #61 & #62)

     We have been discussing how systematic learning and
practice can help you fill in the gaps of your computer knowledge
and develop new skills so that you can use your computer to its
fullest capabilities.

The Internet
     The Internet is a worldwide network of computers
communicating with each other through phone lines, cables, or
wireless signals.  No one is in overall control of the Internet.
     The World Wide Web (or the Web) is the part of the Internet
that stores the documents called web pages, which can be accessed
from individual computers using browser software (see article

To Learn More
A Learner's Guide to the Computer.
Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101.
   Free online computer instruction includes lessons and hands-on
   practice.  Working with the Web tutorial will help you
   understand and work with the Internet.
Internet: General Information and How To's.

Benefits of Using the Internet
     The internet can open up the world for you. You can find
almost anything on the Internet!  However, it might take some
time to get into the habit of looking on the Internet for
information you need.
     Of course it will be much easier if you have a fast hookup
(see article below) and have learned effective methods of
searching (see article below).
     Almost all organizations, government agencies, businesses,
schools, museums, stores, etc. have websites.  Out-of-print and
archived information is also available on the Internet.
     A computer that is connected to the Internet allows you to
turn your home into a place of unlimited information and
communication.  This is much quicker than going to the library
and searching through its catalog and rows of books to find what
you want.  All you need to do is type, point, and click.
     Following are just some of the things you can do on the
Internet.  The links we have provided are merely representative
to get you started.
* Travel vicariously by visiting locations throughout the world
   or get information and make reservations for doing so in real
* Take a virtual tour of a museum anywhere in the world.
   BJU Museum.
* Read news from your local newspaper or national news.
* Search for and reserve library books.
* Look up local stores and businesses for contact information and
   hours of business.
* Find thousands of recipes.
* Find a long-lost relative or your family tree.
* Find driving directions across town or across the country.
* Shop online.
   Books and now a whole lot more.
   Used and out-of-print books.
   Find the best price.
* Find out what weather is predicted.
* Get home improvement information and tips.
* Send or receive money online.
* Find educational resources.
   Brain food.
   Homework helper.
* Access Bible Study Tools.
* Use Encyclopedia, Dictionary, and Thesaurus online.
* Research any topic efficiently using a good search engine
   (see article below).
* Obtain medical and health information.
* Listen to Christian music (no speaking) 24/7.
* Find movie reviews.
* Communicate worldwide (see article below).

What You Can Do on The Teaching Home's Website
* Find and link to a home-school organization in your state that
can provide you with legal information, support groups,
publications, and conventions within your state.
* Link to 178 home-school suppliers; view or order their products.
* Read hundreds of pages of articles with practical home-school
* Search for specific topics in 51 Teaching Home back issues for
   sale online.

Online Advertising
     Free information, instantly available to you, is often paid
for by online advertising, including those annoying pop-ups.
There are programs that will eliminate pop-ups and some
websites offer advertising-free access for a fee.
     By understanding the need for online advertising and how to
ignore or deal with it, you can benefit from the information
explosion online.  Occasionally the advertising is helpful!

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Protecting Your Children on the Internet
     The Internet is a wide-open, ungoverned public forum full of
the best and the worst man has to offer -- wonderful, beneficial
information and edification as well as evil, perverse
degradation.  Because of this, one of our biggest concerns is the
protection of our children in this environment.

The Threats
     Threats to us and our children include:

1.  Pornography
     Besides the sites overtly dedicated to pornography, many
means are used to inadvertently pull people into those areas.
   A man who used thousands of slightly misspelled Web site
addresses to divert children to Internet pornography is now
headed to prison.

2.  Predators
     These are people who disguise their identity (even gender
and age) and purpose to lure children away from the safety
of their homes with extravagant promises or prospects of exciting

3.  Other Threats
     There are also those who will try to steal your identity,
credit and credit cards, passwords, and access to your computer --
even using it to send pornographic spam.
     More subtle threats, but just as important, include:
* Influence of ungodly worldviews.
* Enticement into worldly values and desires.
* Waste of valuable time that could be used constructively in
   another way.

The Solutions
     As alarming and real as these threats are, there are
solutions that can protect your children and allow you to profit
from the many benefits afforded by Internet use.
      Be aware, however, that children are often smart enough to
get around almost any safeguard. Nothing can replace your
supervision and involvement.
     If your children persist in undesirable and harmful use of
the Internet, it would be best to take the computer out of your
home until it's destructive influence can be controlled.

1.  The Lord
     There is no substitute for a heart that loves the Lord and
wants to please Him in all actions, words, and thoughts.
* Read and discuss God's Word with your children every day.
* Be a good example; turn off the TV or movie if an ungodly
   image or word appears.
* Type or letter these verses and put them on or beside your
   computer monitor as a reminder.
      "I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes" (Psalms 101:3).
      "And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all
   things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom
   we have to do" (Hebrews 4:13).
      "Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,
   whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
   whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good
   report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think
   on these things" (Phillipians 4:8).
* Pray for and with your children that they will be pure in all
   their ways.

2.  Your Rules for Internet Use
     It is important to write out rules for your children along
with the consequences for breaking them, discuss them thoroughly,
and review them often.
     Your children should make a commitment to abide by your
family's rules (perhaps in writing) as a condition for Internet
use.  They also need to willingly accept your supervision and
observation of their activities online, including sites visited
and messages sent or received.
     You might want to add some of your own family's rules to
these basic rules for children on the Internet.  Of course you
can give your permission to do any of these activities under your
* Never give out personal information (name, home address, phone
   number, age, family income, friends' names, etc.)
* Never use a credit card online.
* Never send a personal or family photo.
* Never share a password, even with friends.
* Never download any games or programs.
* Never arrange to meet someone.
* Never respond to messages that make you feel confused or
   uncomfortable.  Tell your parents about it right away!
* Never use bad language or send mean messages online.

     In addition to the above rules, you might want to have rules
that govern the amount of time spent on the computer or the
Internet and what chores or studies need to be done before that
privilege is granted.

3.  Physical Presence
     You alone are responsible for the supervision and protection
of your children when they are on the Internet.
* Put your computer in the living room or family room where
   everyone can see what your child is doing.
* Sit beside your child while he is on the Internet.  Besides
   providing the ultimate protection, you can enjoy the experience
   and learning with your child.

4.  Filters
     You can obtain either software or online services that
filter out offensive materials and sites.  Also some Internet
service providers can offer site blocking, restrictions on
incoming e-mail, and children's accounts that access specific
services. Often, these controls are available at no additional
     These are never foolproof, but will usually protect someone
from stumbling accidentally onto an offensive site.

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Notes from Our Readers
     You are invited to send notes (very short letters) to share
with our readers.  See

Prayer Requests
     Prayer request from C.M.  Her husband is an Air Force
Commander in Afghanistan.  She received an urgent e-mail from him
saying,  "We need Christians to pray, pray, pray."  Please pray
for God's protection of our troops and His wisdom for their

     Please pray for a family problem.  -- Dianne

     I am getting back to home schooling after a several-year absence.
My husband has passed away.  Please pray for guidance as we start
up again in January! -- Robin, Florida

National Contest Experience
     Our newsletter #51 carried articles on National Contests and
asked for feedback on your experiences.
     Our oldest children, ages 7 and 9, have participated in the
state of Iowa Junior Duck Stamp competition. Our oldest won
first prize for her grade group.
     The contest was a benefit to us because it gave us a reason to
expand our unit on nature and I was able to see the helpful teacher's
     The problem I had was the age grouping; my children were
competing with each other.  -- Julia M.

You Are Not Alone
     Thanks so much for your encouraging info!  It helps me know
we are not the only ones who struggle, so I do not get so down.
     Bless your ministry!  -- Pamela H.

     Thank you for your article on socialization.
     It seems I am the only one in the neighborhood and church
that feels this way.  I was beginning to grow tired of being called
"too protective."
     Keep up the encouragement!  Blessings, Debbie

Family Time Activities
     We received the following responses to the question
"What do you do for family time?" in our previous newsletter.

     These are some of the activities our family enjoys doing together.
* Hand shadows.  There are a few books on these, but information
   can also be found on the internet.
* Drama.  Act out Bible stories or give puppet shows.  Props and
   costumes can be as simple or as elaborate as you want.
* Fly kites and ride bikes.
* Outdoor games.  Croquet, yard darts, ball games (we're a
   smaller family, so we just invent our own), foxtail, hide and
   seek (we love doing this at night when there's a full moon).
* Animal tracking when there's snow or mud outside.
* Story telling.
* Arts and crafts.
     -- Vernon & Mary Beth Akers

     One of our favorite family time activities is done on
Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We have 5 children ranging in
age from 6 months to 14 years, and we have had this tradition
since our first child was born.
     We rent several movies, put a king size and a twin size
mattress on the living room floor with all the pillows and covers
available, get on the beds, and watch movies.
     It is great together time, and our kids will never forget
it.  In fact in 14 years we have only missed it once (when we
went to Grandma's) and our kids made us promise we would do it on
another day when we got home.  Oh, we also make homemade pizza
and eat that for lunch and supper.  -- Ozbun Family

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Sunny Side Up: Exaggerated Growth Spurt
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The Story of God's Love
     A loving God is seeking a personal relationship with you and your
family through faith in Jesus Christ, His substitutionary death for
you, and His subsequent resurrection.
     "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten
Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have
eternal life" (John 3:16).

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