Touchscreens, Apps, and Your Kid's Heart

Your parenting choices will help shape your child's faith
Touchscreens, Apps, and Your Kid's Heart
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"Mom, I'm bored. Can I play on your phone?" My son said this to me as we stood in line, waiting for the doors to open to a sporting event.

I looked at him incredulously, "No. We will only be here a few minutes. You do not need to play a game every time you have a few minutes to spare."

Perhaps it's the story of our times. Our world is increasingly dependent upon and consumed by technology. From the moment we awaken, our time is spent checking emails, sending texts, updating social media, purchasing goods, working, attending school—all on a computer or some technological device. Not only are our lives consumed by technology, but our children's are as well.

I worry that my kids are so used to sitting and swiping their fingers in frenzied motions across a screen in imaginary worlds that they aren't able to develop a world in their own imaginations.

For parents, the issue of kids and technology can be troubling. What do we do with technology in an age when we are increasingly more and more dependent upon it? How do we balance our children's use of technology? These are questions I ask myself every day. My own kids use technology in our homeschooling and it has great benefits for them. My oldest is learning computer programming and he's only nine! But I've also seen how my children are increasingly dependent upon technology to entertain them when they're bored, and this concerns me. I worry that my kids are so used to sitting and swiping their fingers in frenzied motions across a screen in imaginary worlds that they aren't able to develop a world in their own imaginations. I am also troubled by the addictive nature of technology. And above all, I am concerned about the spiritual impact of technology on my children's hearts.

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