Tech Savvy RESPONSIBILITY!I recently had an ariticle published in Focus on the Family.
The article about teaching responsibility to today's technology-savvy kids!
Here's an excerpt and a link to the rest of the article:
When I was in high school, Madonna sang about living in a material world. Today the lyrics would go something like this: "We are living in a digital world, and I am a digital mom."
In our family - with kids ages 12, 14 and 17 - IM (instant messaging), MySpace and Google are common terms. We have Game Boys, iPods, Xboxes and cell phones (with built-in cameras, of course).
Let's face it, wishing for Little House on the Prairie days won't change the fact we've been chosen by God to parent during this time in history - even if bonnets seem more family-friendly than Bluetooth earpieces. Yet we can guide our children through the minefields of today's technology - and grow closer for our efforts.
Know the dangers
Sometimes it's hard to fully understand the threats that lie beyond the click of a mouse. According to the attorney general's Commission on Pornography, the largest group of viewers of Internet porn is children between ages 12 and 17.
And while the thought of our children viewing those images is scary, another danger is online predators. Nearly 80 per cent of teens say they aren't careful enough when giving out information about themselves online.
The first thing parents must do is educate their kids about the potential dangers of technology. Kids need to understand people can pretend to be friendly in order to satisfy selfish and dangerous urges.