260. Families cannot help but be places of support, guidance and direction, however much they may have to rethink their methods and discover new resources. Parents need to consider what they want their children to be exposed to, and this necessarily means being concerned about who is providing their entertainment, who is entering their rooms through television and electronic devices, and with whom they are spending their free time. Only if we devote time to our children, speaking of important things with simplicity and concern, and finding healthy ways for them to spend their time, will we be able to shield them from harm. Vigilance is always necessary and neglect is never beneficial. Parents have to help prepare children and adolescents to confront the risk, for example, of aggression, abuse or drug addiction.
No footnotes, so you know these are the concerns of the Holy Father speaking as a pastor, not a theologian. I noted the use of the word “vigilance.” Sometimes that is a Luke 15 opportunity, a father keeping watch, and waiting. sometimes watching and waiting is all a parent can do.
For your reference, remember that Amoris Laetitia is online here.