One of the hottest trends in internet use has been the use of peer-to-peer networks (P2P for short). P2P networking means that through special software that you can download, you can swap files for free with anyone else who uses that sharing software. The computer traffic goes directly from one home computer to another. Getting free songs from the internet is the hottest draw. The pioneer in large-scale use was the infamous Napster, which lost some key court battles and its position of dominance. If you download software from “free” music services like Kazaa, Morpheus, LimeWire, or Grokster, you will indeed have access to hundreds of thousands of “free” songs, but you will also have to make your computer’s hard drive available to everybody else on the network. In theory you expose only your song file. Security glitches with the most popular programs, however, mean that some users have had valuable personal information extracted from their files, including bank routing numbers, social security numbers, and tax information. Peer-to-peer communication might be a risky idea for your personal computer. But peer-to-peer communication can also refer to the huge influence that people, especially young people, have on each other. Christian parents are often fearful of peer pressure, thinking first of negative and destructive influences on their own kids. But here’s a thought for you-- think of the powerful impact that Christian young people can have on their peers. Face it—most kids choose to listen first to their friends, rather than parents, on life’s greatest decisions. Just imagine the powerful P2P impact that Christian kids can have. If they choose to.