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How Can You Talk to Your Kids About Radical Islam and the Islamic State?

"Sending them off into battle completely naked, woefully uninformed, and armed only with a phone full of selfies."

Glenn Beck speaks on his television program September 8, 2014. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

Glenn Beck on Monday spoke with Dr. James Dobson about how Americans can speak with their children about radical Islam and the Islamic State.

"With so much information at our fingertips, what do I show my kids?" Beck asked. "Do I tell them the truth about what is happening to children in the Middle East? You want to talk about nightmares -- they're teaching their children to hate and kill and behead people. Do I show them that? Are they going to see that on their cellphone in grade school?"

Glenn Beck speaks on his television program September 8, 2014. (Photo: TheBlaze TV) Glenn Beck speaks on his television program September 8, 2014. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

"Our kids weren't living during [9/11]," Beck continued. "We saw evil rain down. We felt it. There was no mistaking it. Now we don't even show the planes hitting the the towers -- it's too scary, it's too disturbing."

Beck said if Americans don't show their children the truth, "an entire generation is going to rise up, blissfully unaware of what awaits them."

"[Over the weekend], I was talking to my kids about books they're reading," Beck said. "Meanwhile, on the other side of the planet, they are teaching their children to hate and behead. Our kids are not going to be equipped for what is coming their way."

Beck said America's parents mean well, but in protecting our children from the truth, we may be "sending them off into battle completely naked, woefully uninformed, and armed only with a phone full of selfies."

Dobson said he completely agrees that it is important to speak with your children about the dangers in the world, but warned that it is also important to do it in a certain way.

"Children watch their parents very, very carefully, and if you're afraid in the way you deal with it ... that will reverberate in the minds of the kids, because their security depends totally on you," he said. "But you can describe it as something that takes place, [saying], 'There are laws to prevent people from being hurt in this way, and there are parents to protect the kids. And that's why we're here.'"

Dobson said that ultimately, "if you're afraid, they're going to be afraid."

Beck agreed, saying that when he was a child, he felt immeasurably relieved when former U.S. President Ronald Reagan boldly described the Soviet Union as an evil empire that must be defeated.

Beck said the message he heard was: "There is evil. This is what it is. This is what it looks like. But don't worry -- they have to come through us to get to you."

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