We are living in a culture where it is becoming increasingly difficult to think from a biblical worldview and have biblical values. Our eyes and ears are constantly bombarded with news feeds, tweets, Facebook posts, viral videos, TV shows, sports, video games, music, movies, and on and on. While these mediums aren't evil in and of themselves they are all communicating ideas, beliefs, and values. If we are spending the majority of our day being inundated with unbiblical ideas, beliefs, and values, then it is no wonder why we aren't thinking biblically and why our values are no different than non-believers. If we aren't walking by the spirit, then we are walking by some other means that is sure to leave us discouraged, depressed, and feeling disconnected from God. Our spiritual walk with God directly influences our children. I can't communicate the gospel in a Deuteronomy 6 type of way if I myself am not living according to God's word and allowing it to conform my thoughts, beliefs, and actions. What we believe dictates what we value. We are called to raise our children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. In such a technology advanced world, we sure have our work cut out for us. There are so many things to distract us from that calling. Martin Luther is famously quoted as saying "I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer. The bible says "A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher" (Luke 6:40).
Tip: Start keeping a weekly log of how much time you and your children spend on social media, playing video games, watching T.V., and/or surfing the internet. This will help you to assess where changes need to be made so that we YOU (as parents) are mastering your family's use of technology and not letting technology be master over your family.
Here are some alarming statistics for us to consider as parents.
"According to a recent report, Always Connected, compiled by the Sesame Workshop and The Joan Ganz Cooney Center, children ages 8-10 spend about five and a half hours each day using media, but are actually exposed to an alarming eight hours a day because they’re media multitasking, like watching cartoons while using a portable gaming system".
"Babies have jumped on the technology bandwagon and of the 25 percent of children under five who use the Internet, 80 percent do so at least once a week. By age three, a quarter of those children go online daily".
"While computer adoption is growing in popularity, TV still reigns supreme. A recent study found that kids of all ages watch approximately three hours of TV each day during the week and four hours on the weekends. While older kids add more screen time on top of that with multimedia, gaming and Internet usage, kids ages 2-5 spend most of their time watching TV, averaging three and a half hours a day, which is also the highest that number has been in the past eight years".
Do any of your kids fall into those categories mentioned in the stats? If so, what are you going to do to change that reality? If not, what are some ways you keep your children from being addicted to technology?