Is it prudent to think that our kids can enjoy all the benefits of digital technology without any of the corruption, addictions, or other risks associated with it? Are the risks worth the reward? Is giving our kids unfettered access to smartphones wise for our families? Is it even possible to know when our kids are becoming (or have become) eye-slaves to their digital devices? Do we have what it takes to step in and guide our kids towards living a balanced and healthy life? How do we determine the difference between healthy digital use and unhealthy interaction?
The Impact of Screens on Our Children & Teens
We’ve seen that screens often become something like our children’s “other parents” but has it become even worse than that? Could these smart devices have become our children’s god? What does the Bible say about this topic and how to instill biblically, safe, and healthy wisdom into our kids?
Discussing Digital Addiction with Kathy Koch
Dr. Kathy Koch is the founder and president of Celebrate Kids Incorporated, based in Fort Worth, TX. She is the co-founder of Ignite the Family. She is a featured speaker for Great Homeschool Conventions and is a frequent speaker for Care Net, Axis, and a number of other organizations.
Dr. Kathy earned a Ph.D. in Reading and Educational Psychology from Purdue University. She was a tenured associate professor in Education at the University of Wisconsin. She was also a teacher of 2nd graders, a middle school teacher, and much more!
She has also written 6 books including her most recent, Start with the Heart. We have asked her here today to discuss one of her previous books entitled Screens and Teens: Connecting with Our Kids in a Wireless World.
A Healthy Balance of Screentime
- Why does there need to be a wise digital protocol in the home?
- Why are so many kids still allowed to spend so much time in front of screens and keyboards?
- Should we be happy all the time? What is the difference between happiness and joy?
- How do you know if your teen has developed an addiction to technology?
- Is there a benefit to paper books over e-reader books?
- Is using a screen for education beneficial?
- Additional resources available in Kathy’s new book
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