Category: Technology


Managing screen time

Dr Sears posted a great article entitled “8 Ways to Manage Screen Time for Kids and Teens“.

Here’s a summary.

  1. No phones in the car (unless trip goes over 20 min)
  2. Movies & shows are watched on the big screens, not the phone or tablet
  3. Mealtime is a No Phone Zone
  4. Phones go away one hour before bedtime
  5. Grades drop = phone is gone
  6. When phones are ON, we use them to promote family togetherness
  7. Phone safety
  8. Have an occasional unplugged weekend

You can read the full article here.

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A good article was recently published on tips for parents of teens in a technology-crazed world. They also talk about strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of technology today. Here is a summary.

  1. Anchor your lives in eternal things.
  2. Be aware of the major trends.
  3. Have intentional and honest conversations.
  4. Engage with them in their world.
  5. Develop an understanding about online privacy.
  6. Establish some standards.
  7. Let grace prevail.

Read the full article here.


Powerful video by Ditch the Label, an online community effort against bullying.

Jonathan McKee blogged about 5 considerations for parents of teens using or planning to use Snapchat, a relatively new and popular social media communication app among young people today.

Summary of key points:

  • Nothing you send or post is ever temporary.
  • Anonymity is actually only perceived anonymity, and it breeds carelessness.

5 considerations:

  1. How old are they?
  2. Do they understand that Snapchat pictures are not truly temporary?
  3. Are they exhibiting good discernment?
  4. If you do decide to let them have Snapchat, then you get it too.
  5. If they’re older- like 16 or 17- educate them, and let them make the decision.

Read the full article here.

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