Enjoy these reads and be inspired…to bring faith-based object lessons to your kids’ screen time
Magnify opportunities you have at home to append Biblical insight and wisdom to common online experiences.
This regularly updated page offers links to select works from various Christian writers about topics relating to kids and technology, i.e., screen time and its family issues.
Or, go straight to my Blog for posts discussing ways to minimize negative effects of screens with the wisdom of the Word. Additionally, it will help you bring Biblical concepts and awareness into your children’s everyday online experiences without being heavy-handed. In the end, it will help you improve your children’s screen-related interactions using timely faith-based object lessons.
Finally, click the top tabs (desktop) or boxes at the bottom (mobile) to enter into other site sections.
I am pro-technology within bounds. Here’s an example of the upside of restricting online access. This post feels warm, not full of the rebuke so common to the topic. Rod Dreher, the author and parent, was himself inspired by the inspiration of his daughter as she filled her free time with croissants, brioche, and a glimpse of the “possibility for her own future.” In addition, curated lists may help you find useful learning resources for kids.
—————————————————————————————————————————-Guilt About Screen Time
Do you feel mom-shamed about letting your kids have screen time? Check out the post “We Need to Stop Mom-Shaming Over Kids’ Screen Time” by Tracy Tomasso. She suggests against “broadly dismissing kids’ screen time as “bad,'” because, for example, reading a book online is as legitimate as reading a paperback. She is seeking a “more nuanced dialogue” about what our kids are doing online, while not ignoring the debate about monitoring screen time. I agree with the author’s admission that “there’s merit in our children becoming adept at using these devices.”
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?
—————————————————————————————————————————-Tell the Children: Conversations to Have
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.
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. See the right sidebar for quick access. Links below will take you to a post in that category.
- Inspiring Creativity
- Physical Health
- Technology in your Homeschool
- Confidence and Tolerance
- Excellence and Honor
- Moderation and Self-discipline
- Care and Concern
- General Observations