Bergoglio tells parents not to let children use computers in their bedrooms

Bergoglio from Newchurch of Rot - the internet is full of 'dirty content, pornography, and semi-pornography' -

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

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.

Francis went on to criticize those who are ‘too attached to their computer’, which he said is ‘bad for the soul’ and amounted ‘a psychological illness’. ‘It makes you a slave to your computer,’ he added. He said that many parents trying to have a family meal felt like children were ‘in another world’ on their smartphones.
While acknowledging that the virtual world ‘is a reality that we cannot ignore’, he called on people to reconsider the amount of time they were spending staring at a screen. ‘It is part of the progress of mankind,’ he said. ‘But when it takes away from communal and family life, social life, sport, art and we remain attached to our computers, this is a psychological illness.

‘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’.

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