Rabbonim and educators are calling on chareidi public figures to take action to spare Torah-true homes from unsavory Internet content in order to prevent family members from suffering irremediable spiritual harm.
Educators say various communications devices are becoming one of the leading perils the yetzer hora has foisted upon our generation, and undesirable content poses the greatest threat of all.
Chinuch figures point to the fact that even secular teachers and parents are appalled by the effect these things have on their children. Even overtly secular politicians, like PM Ehud Olmert and Knesset Chairwomen Dalia Itzik, are introducing regulations and legislation to safeguard youths from this material.
Due to ongoing risks educators are calling on public figures, especially Communications Minister Ariel Attias, a chareidi Jew with the means to handle the problem, to do everything in their power to eradicate the danger.
Education figures note that the problem of cell phone content was successfully overcome by requiring that all cell phone devices used by the chareidi public carry the approval of Vaadat HaRabbonim LeInyonei Tikshoret, which operates under and with the guidance of gedolei Yisroel, who had the prescience to foresee the problem and took strident measures to halt the damage.
All those who heeded gedolei Yisroel — the overwhelming majority of chareidi homes — spared their families by using only approved cell phones, whereas the secular and national-religious sectors are still spiritually imperiled by cellular devices. However other services available through other devices including home computers beg for a solution, and of course the problem poses a threat to the general population, and not just the Torah-true public.
(By G. Lazer for Dei’ah veDibur)