There is no doubt that courageous parenting is required to raise children in this tricky age of technology. Should we give our kids smartphones, and at what age? How much should we monitor? How much should we filter? Which filter should we use?
The list goes on and on.
One thing I have learned, however, is that external filters and monitoring software are fallible. The only filter that will last is an internal filter. Helping our children to develop the inner strength to self-monitor their time and whereabouts on technology is key.
That is the message that Dave and Emily Jones of Family Tech University want to scream from the rooftops. As deliberate parents of five children, they developed what they describe as a “Driver’s Ed for Wholesome Tech Use” to teach their children to be wise with technology. It was so effective that they made it available as a workshop for other families to utilize.
This episode will help you come up with a plan to become a more courageous tech parent.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
- Why it is vital for kids to develop a strong internal filter
- How to strike a balance between external filters and internal filters as kids learn to navigate technology with more intention
- Why parental fear is paralyzing, and how to minimize it
- How to handle your child’s missteps with technology
- Why a young person’s hopes and dreams for the future are a powerful deterrent for poor choices with tech
- Why it is essential to look in the mirror and take note of your behavior with tech
- How you can get your kids onboard with the process of developing internal filters, even if they have had a smartphone for years
The spiritual understanding you and I have been blessed to receive, and which has been confirmed as true in our hearts, simply cannot be given to our children. The tuition of diligence and of learning by study and also by faith must be paid to obtain and personally “own” such knowledge. Only in this way can what is known in the mind also be felt in the heart.David A. Bednar, Watching with All Perseverance, April 2010
READY TO LISTEN?
DOWNLOAD A FREE WORKBOOK:
You can download a free copy of the “Look in the Mirror” worksheet that Dave and Emily mentioned in the interview
I have also created a free workbook for parents and children to work through together. It will help parents tackle their fears surrounding tech so they can parent from a place of trust and proactivity. It will help children to think through what they want from their lives, and how their behavior with tech will support or hinder their goals.
Download your free copy (and gain access to my library of digital resources for purposeful parents) right here:
CONNECT WITH DAVE AND EMILY:
- Visit their website
- Learn about and sign up for the Family Tech University workshop
- Connect with them on Instagram
- Connect with them on Facebook
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