Pope Francis has warned parents not to allow their children to use the internet alone because of the “dirty content” that is plastered across it.
Pope Francis, who actually has his own Twitter account with 19 million followers but insists that he never uses the internet, made his comments to journalists while on the papal plane, via the Daily Mail.
He stated that children shouldn’t be allowed to have computers in their bedrooms. Instead, these devices should only be in communal areas.
“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.”
But Pope Francis wasn’t done with his scathing attack on technology and the reliance of today’s youth on computers. Francis criticized individuals who are “too attached to their computer” before adding that they are “bad for the soul” and are actually a “psychological illness,” explaining, “It makes you a slave to your computer.”
However, despite his huge worries, Pope Francis admitted that the virtual world “is a reality that we cannot ignore.”
He continued, “It is part of the progress of mankind. 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.”
This isn’t the first time in recent weeks that Pope Francis has spoken about how he lacks any tech savvy. Towards the end of May, Pope Francis revealed that he gave up watching television all the way back in July 1990.
Speaking to a news outlet in Argentina, Pope Francis explained, “I have not watched TV since 1990. It’s a promise that I made the Virgin of Carmen on the night of 15 July 1990. I told myself: ‘It’s not for me.'”
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