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    Teens’ Internet Use Being Studied

    The shocking results of a new study on teens and internet use commissioned by the Merkos Chinuch Office will be revealed at this year's Chinuch Conference. Full Story

    Rabbi Meir Michel Abehsera, OBM

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    Nice
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    Nice

    Ill Try to come

    LEC
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    LEC

    would like to see this matter resolved for our childrens safety in the very near future

    Wow!
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    Wow!

    Looks like it will be a great Kinus!

    Sholom Dovber
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    Sholom Dovber

    banning is a waste of time talking through the issues and monitoring is the only way.

    Cause and Effect
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    Cause and Effect

    When the internet was not as available ten years ago and kids were dropping out little was said and done. The issue is not solely the internet. The question to be asked is why they are turning to the internet? Treat the cause not the symptom.

    Will this be recorded?
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    Will this be recorded?

    can this be spoken about in schools? why cant there be a parents Kinus about his as well?

    Why not a big Asifa in Crown Heights available to all parents???
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    Why not a big Asifa in Crown Heights available to all parents???

    We saw to it and rightfully so to have a big asifa regarding Shofar why not explaining the ills of internet ???
    and which devices should we not allow our children to acquire.
    Many parents don’t know that with a tablet or any
    communication device you can reach all the schmutz.

    Nachman S.

    Says,
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    Says,

    It seems that the pull of the internet is such that, if someone says, “I have no urge to look ‘elsewhere,'” is this person really allright? Now, this is also a problem with adults, but we especially want to protect our children, at least. It happens like this, especially if an image (not full exposure, but just not up to our standards) pops up. You know there is something out there that you have been warned or heard about. So, you go on the computer, thinking it won’t happen to you, because, in other settings (e.g. walking the streets) you… Read more »

    If it works, why not?
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    If it works, why not?

    But for some people, they had to get rid of the computer, and that suceesfully broke the addiction cycle. No, they did not wind up bringing it back into the home.

    Maybe that did not treat the “cause,” but it was better than the dangerous path they were on. Sometimes you have to resort to emergency methods and treat the symptoms. After that, get to the cause.

    it's fact
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    it's fact

    The internet is a double edged sword. It has tremendous potential. So does a car. We don’t get a license to drive until we reach the proper age. We are not permitted to drink legally until a proper age. The same is true with the internet. That does not mean that adults do not fail with regard to the sites one can easily access, but, at least that is an adult with adult seichel and adult b’chira. Not only does the internet shlep us to improper places but it shapes our thinking and leads us down paths people never ventured.… Read more »

    GET RID!!
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    GET RID!!

    Mother of 2 addicted teenage boys i finally said that’s it and chucked phones in the garbage and got internet out of house ( beware these kids are BRILLIENT and got round all restrictions ) and the change is UNBELIEVABLE BH !!! Gone with it went the movies , tv shows , music, bad friends, and a whole lot more! obnoxious attidude ,detachment and zombie like exsistance gone too! They are so much happier !Their grades have improved , they are reading , biking , back to their hobbies, relationship with us and their sibs improved dramatically too! I got… Read more »

    Condemning the Internet will not suffice to Inspire our youth
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    Condemning the Internet will not suffice to Inspire our youth

    Condemning and yelling about the Internet will not inspire our youth to change their actions. On the contrary, it will only entice them to do it even more. We need to infuse our youth with a chayois and geshmak in Yiddishkeit and Chassidus. Maybe our Roshei Yeshivos and Mashpiyim are not reaching out to our youth like they should. Today, is needed a whole different approach when dealing with our youth. For years on end we have neglected them, busy fighting about every stupidity and nonsense and now we are seeing the results of that. “IT’S ABOUT TIME OUR LEADERS… Read more »

    Dear Collive
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    Dear Collive

    will you have a article after the Kinus about what the numbers are? i am a parent and there is no reason i should not now how to deal with this as well.

    # 12 that's because
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    # 12 that's because

    The roshei yeshivos and mashpiyim are always on their smartphones or tablets too. Even seeing this in pictures taken at the Ohel which I find shocking. Adults can’t go 5 minutes without the internet. You have shluchim on Twitter, Facebook, etc.

    #5
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    #5

    Do like the Amish do. They don’t even use electricity.

    Seems like an amazing kinus!
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    Seems like an amazing kinus!

    I will be there this year! A big thank you to rabbi kaplan and his team for making this happen!

    let's take  a survey
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    let's take a survey

    I’m curious to know what percentage of internet users, when they are all by themselves, don’t have to worry about anyone seeing what they doing, and their activity is not recorded, will not have an urge to go “somewhere.”

    Stop a moment
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    Stop a moment

    It’s great to see everyone coming out with their ideas on how to deal with the issue. Obviously the regulars will also start the blame game. All fine.
    But sometimes before finding the solution, there has to be a clear ‘YEDIAS HAMACHALA’; really understanding the issue and the numbers etc. without that, it’s like going to war without knowing who’s the enemy.
    The numbers aren’t hidden. Ask your teenage son – he’ll tell you. Just make sure you’re sitting then.
    Hatzlocho

    love the debate -its better then the article
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    love the debate -its better then the article

    Here is a solution some people have found

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL0K9eJinVE&feature=kp

    Bochur
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    Bochur

    Just wanna say that all those who say its because of a lack of geshmak in yidishkiet is untrue I am considered a chasidish bochur and feeel like I do have a geshmak in yiidishkiet yet that didn’t stop me from becoming addicted to the worst things online which I am still struggling with it started with small things and snowballed out of control before I knew it noone starts with wanting to see shmutz it just starts from kosher things

    Someone who knows
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    Someone who knows

    It can be done on a phone anywhere
    Supervision dosnt eliminate the problem

    Now I Understand...
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    Now I Understand...

    …how it was possible for the yidden to make an egel hazahav. I always could never understand how the yidden could have done such a thing…but to read that mashpiim and Rosh Yeshivos have smartphones …. Help!! How do we expect the talmidim to take this seriously if their own Rosh yeshivos use them? .

    #20
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    #20

    Your right!
    Thanks for sharing.
    “Even a complete Tzadik Says every morning ” do not bring me to a Nissayon”.
    -The Rebbe said this many times at Farbrengen

    a young teenager
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    a young teenager

    why do they do this whole conference for teachers and principals?? if they really want to help the situation, they should adress it to teenagers..

    an involved parent
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    an involved parent

    i would hope that the hanholo of the kinus will reach out to r’ shlomo sternberg who has been involved and aware of this issue before it was recognised as a forefront issue. when he was in the o.t. zal he was the main person dealing with this particular issue as it relates to bochrim and young adolescents

    Williamsburgh Gezera
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    Williamsburgh Gezera

    Believe it or not, I was in a Shul in Williamsburg, but they treated me like a regular there.

    Anyway I saw on the wall a warning, signed by some of their Rabbanan, that …anyone who comes into the shul with an un-filtered internet phone is a “Rasha Gamur,” and will not be called up to the Torah.

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