Christian Parenting Around Technology: Do you Need Peace of Mind When Your Children are Online?
Happily preoccupied children facing a screen may be a common scene in your home. Christian parenting around technology can be an uncomfortable issue for many families. You might find it is upsetting your peace of mind. Christian Tech Kids can help. Do you ever think about:
- Minimizing sometime negative effects of ever-present screens with the wisdom of the Word?
- Improving your children’s responses and interactions, and directing their technological passions, using faith-based object lessons?
- Incorporating Biblical concepts and awareness into everyday technological experiences without being heavy-handed?
- Bringing yourself greater peace of mind with technology by incorporating God into your ‘screen scene’ at home?
Turning Screen Time into Faith-Based Object Lessons
One Christian parent I spoke with said “I’ve never thought about my son’s faith as being related to his screen time.” Faith can feel so ancient while technology feels very modern.
But what if you intentionally taught your children how to bring their knowledge of the Bible to their online gameplay and communication? Or extended their Biblical knowledge during screen time? Could you then have greater peace of mind with technology? Would that support you in your Christian parenting around technology?
Children shouldn’t leave their faith behind when they start a game or chat with their friends online. You can help them resolve a game conflict, for example, in a Godly way. You can help them make good choices with their friends. Various blog posts will discuss ideas to do this–to mesh your Christian parenting with their technology time. Bringing the Word to light through your child’s online experiences is a way to build their faith.
So the saved people will tell the nations about my glory – Isaiah 66:19 (NCV)
Mini faith-based object lessons are a great way to model God-honoring online interactions. See the Tell the Children tab for ideas. You’ll get help incorporating more Biblical intentionality into your parenting around technology.
Show your children how God’s Word reaches them where they’re at. This doesn’t require stern admonitions or coercion (usually). Rather, use God’s grace to show children how their technology experiences are still under God’s purview. God keeps up with technology, after all. He created the first massive multi-player world. He is creation’s Original Programmer!
Values and Virtues Plumbed Via Online Experiences
Broad categories of Biblical values that most parents want to instill in their children are explored on this site. On Christian Tech Kids you will find posts about the following categories (links coming soon). They are also shown on the right sidebar for quick access.
- Inspiring Creativity
- Physical Health
- Technology in your Homeschool
- Confidence and Tolerance
- Excellence and Honor
- Moderation and Self-discipline
- Care and Concern
- General Observations
Finally, tying faith to fun with technology can shed new light and purpose on your family’s tech experiences. And where the light of God shines, greater peace ensues.
Do You Feel Prepared for Christian Parenting Around Technology?
Giving you useful tips is the purpose of this site. Tips to help you gain greater peace of mind with the technology your kids consume. To help them keep Him uppermost in their mind. And perhaps even to help them notice ways to use technology for the glory of God.
Christian Tech Kids is written and aggregated by a Christian mother of 7 children (including 4 stepchildren) and 7 grandchildren. I recently finished homeschooling our youngest son. I hope to grow this site as a resource for parents who have embraced technology in the home. Specifically, Christian Tech Kids focuses on applying the Word to the behavioral, familial and social consequences of all that technology. Especially struggles in those areas.
- Are you feeling tired of being on “tech watch?”
- Do nagging feelings loom larger than your level of peace with technology? Do you often feel vaguely guilty, like you are relenting?
- Are you feeling ineffectual about ensuring your children’s online time is positive and developmentally appropriate?
A New Way to Be, Not Something More to Do
This site will offer ways to remind your children how to apply God’s Word when they are sharing life online. And God’s Word should provide peace. It’s not one more thing for you TO DO. It’s your new way to BE around your children with technology. And this could bring more purpose to their play…and more peace to your heart.
By being more intentional about adapting the Bible’s vast lessons to screen time, you will naturally introduce more Biblical training into their lives.
Christian Tech Kids will be developing many ideas to share with you over time. Positive ways you can encourage your children’s value-laden engagement online. And I hope to be an aggregator of sorts as I curate this site. To offer other useful, experienced sources and practical help. So please check back periodically to read more ways to help your kids hold God in the forefront as they interact with others via technology.
Using Tech as a Tool in Your Christian Parenting
My human wisdom is limited. But I know Jesus Christ. And I strive to know the Word better daily. All that to say…with God’s grace this site will continually improve and more wisely direct. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2:1-5:
“And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[a] 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” (NIV)
I understand fear and inadequacy. But each of us can find the power of God in our Christian parenting around technology. He will lead you. “Your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (NKJV)
Using Christian Tech Kids as a Tool
The Bible holds instructive verses that seem to me to be applicable to modern kids and technology. These verses, included in each post, can take us more deeply into God’s word. They give us patience and peace of mind with technology but also the will to use it well. After all, we must “train up a child on the way he should go,” and this includes with technology. Verses and Bible stories are helpful to support a constructive response to the particular technology challenge represented in each post.
[If you find another verse that speaks to you after reading a particular post, please email me from the About page and I will try to include it at the bottom of the post on the next update.]
You are not alone
God is your ever-present helper (Psalm 46:1). And sites like Christian Tech Kids and other sites and resources I highlight can be a catalyst to help you change your children’s interaction with technology to be more God-focused. And to bring you peace of mind with technology.
God bless you as you explore ways to manage video games, online communications, and screen time in general in your family’s life. And here’s praying for growth and peace in your Christian parenting around technology.