Billy Graham Advises Parents to Limit Kids’ Media Exposure


Rev. Billy Graham addressed the harmful influence that numerous forms of media can have on youth by urging parents to keep their children’s exposure to it to a bare minimum.

The world-renowned evangelist made his position clear on the “My Answers” page of his website, where he responded to a parent’s inquiry about raising her children in the midst of a culture that has shunned biblical morality. He said that the media doesn’t only numb youth to immoral behavior — it encourages it.

“[Parents, beware of your children’s constant exposure to the] violence, sexual immorality, greed, and so forth [portrayed by much of today’s media],” Graham warned.

Leading kids astray

The 97-year-old Christian leader noted that a large proportion of the material presented to — and often geared toward — America’s youth is designed to instruct them to behave in ways that go against the very principles and moral ideals taught to them by their parents.

“Raising our children is one of the most important responsibilities God gives us, and neglecting it or leaving it to others can be disastrous,” Graham explained to parents, according to The Christian Post.

The founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association then used Old Testament Scripture penned by King Solomon to urge parents to take their God-given responsibility seriously when it comes to making sure that they are putting Christian influences before their children — as opposed to detrimental worldly ones.

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” —Proverbs 22:6

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Michael F. Haverluck