Pope tells parents not to let children use computers in their bedrooms because of the ‘dirty content’ on the internet.
- Pope Francis told journalists attachment to computers is ‘bad for the soul’
- Pontiff praised parents who only allow computer use in communal rooms
- Condemned ‘dirty content, pornography, semi-pornography’ on internet
- Pope has 19million Twitter followers, but has said he does not use the web
Parents should not let children use computers in their bedrooms, the pope has said, while warning of the dangers of internet ‘filth’. Pope Francis – who has 19million Twitter followers – also revealed he believed computers to be ‘bad for the soul’ as he launched into a lecture on the dangers of the internet age. But he praised those parents who were concerned about their children’s exposure to pornographic material on the web, and only allowed the use of computers in common areas.
Advice: The Pope has told journalists parents should only allow children to use computers in communal areas
Speaking to journalists aboard the papal plane, the Pope said: ‘There is dirty content, pornography, semi-pornography… ‘There are parents that are very worried and don’t let their children have computers in their bedroom but in a common place.’ That was a good thing, he said.
‘This is certain.’Despite his own large Twitter following, Francis appears to largely eschew modern technology – claiming recently that he does not use the internet and has not watched television since 1990. Last year he urged young people not to waste time on smart phones and the web saying they ‘distract attention away from what is really important’.