Do you allow your kids have free access to digital technology? Do you feel that creating boundaries would simply be unconventional in our society and too extreme for your kids?
Well, kids may not like it at first, but wise parents must create safety standards for digital technology use in their home. No matter how eccentric it may seem to the outside world, parents must make sure that their kids have some protection against the negative influences in our culture.
How Creating Safety Standards for Digital Technology Will Help Reduce the Influence of a Sinful Culture
Today, in order to raise children in a godly way, parents must have a renewed perspective on parenting. Christian moms and dads must accept that their family is going to have to look different than the typical American family. This means that people might start calling you strict, ultra-religious, conservative weirdos. Some of these people may even be your children, your children’s friends, your family members, your friends, your children’s teachers, and your fellow Christian parents!
Godly parents can be perceived as the weird ones because so many people do not see things with a Christian worldview. Our society today is all about pleasure-seeking and doing whatever you want, whenever you want. These desires can be even stronger in children because they do not yet have fully developed brains and therefore do not have the fully developed ability to make sound judgments. In some obvious areas, our culture’s standards for morality have changed greatly in the past 50 or 60 years. The internet has only added fuel to this fire. Today, morally corrupt material is pumped into our consciousness in the form of movies, television, music, and video games. So when Christian parents struggle with their children, they also struggle with our culture and the worldview that it promotes.
When automobiles were first introduced, the manufacturers may not have been able to foresee all the accidents and fatalities that would eventually occur as a result of this invention. But as the years went on, our culture has adapted and enacted protections like road signs, airbags, safety belts, driver’s licenses, and many more. These things work to reduce the risks associated with driving an automobile. Unfortunately, similar regulations and standards for digital technology have not been created—at least not at the pace necessary to keep up with the rapid advancement of technology.
The digital world moves too fast. It is a mistake for parents to wait for the government or other agencies to set standards for digital technology use; parents must do this for themselves if they want to keep their families safe. For people with a purely secular worldview, empirical evidence is the sole form of evidence. I am curious about how these people invalidate feelings, thoughts, and aspirations. The intelligentsia still has not figured out that things that harm our minds, our emotions, and our spiritual conditions are major problems despite the fact that a great many children throughout the country are actually physically hurting themselves or killing themselves because of the influence of these things. It seems these causes are not sufficiently empirical for some of these people. Parents have slowly started to believe this too. They don’t want to accept that the things that entertain us every day may actually be doing us great harm. Oversaturation of media and digital technology is tearing kids apart—and parents as well—whether we choose to believe it or not.
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