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10 QUOTES: On technology and the family

We need to control our technology; it can’t control us  

“…it is absolutely completely possible to make different choices about technology from the default settings of the world around us….it is possible to love and use all kinds of technology but still make radical choices to prevent technology from taking over our lives.”
– Andy Crouch, author of The Tech-Wise Family

“The essential question we must constantly ask ourselves in the quickly evolving age of digital technology is not what can I do with my phone, but what should I do with it? That answer…can be resolved only by understanding why we exist in the first place.”
– Tony Reinke, author of 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You

“Am I entitled to feed on the fragmented trivialities online? In other words, am I entitled to spend hours every month simply browsing odd curiosities? I get the distinct sense in Scripture that the answer is ‘no’.”
– Reinke

Your family may need to restrict technology

“There is a better way. It doesn’t require us to become Amish, entirely separately ourselves from the modern technological world, and it doesn’t require us to deny the real benefits that technology provides our families and our wider society. But let me be direct and honest: this better way is radical. It requires making choices that most of our neighbors aren’t making. It requires making choices that most of our neighbors in church aren’t making. Let me put it this way: you don’t have to become Amish, but you probably have to become closer to Amish than you think.”
– Crouch

Parents need to be examples

“Can we really tell our kids, ‘Do as we say, not as we do?’”
Delaney Ruston, doctor and the documentary filmmaker of Screenagers

“The kids know we need help too….An awful lot of children born in 2007…have been competing with their parents’ screens their whole lives.”
– Crouch

Parents need to act sooner than later

“Many parents fear that if they approach certain topics too early it will give their kids ideas about those things before they actually need to face them. Let me ask you some questions…. Do your kids ride the school bus with older kids? Are there older kids in your neighborhood? …. You may shield your tweens from talk of dating and teen relationships, but what about the eleventh graders making out in the back of the bus? You might supervise Internet activity, but what about the computers at friends’ houses?”
– Nicole O’Dell, author of Hot Button Topics: Internet Edition

“An astonishing 62 percent of teenagers say they have received a nude image on their phone, and 40 percent say they have sent one.”
– Crouch

We need to be parents, not policemen

“Research shows that parenting with rules and boundaries but with love and caring promotes better everything; better grades in school, better relationships with their friends and family, everything!”
– Ruston

“Our children need to feel love, not condemnation. They should trust that we’re an ally, not the enemy. You’re not fighting against your kids in hopes of coming out victorious over them; you’re in a battle for them.”
– O’Dell


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