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How to Handle Your Kid's Technology


Biblical Approach to handling your kid's technology.

Biblical Approach to handling your kid's technology.

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  • Netflix - 31.6% of all downstream Internet traffic in North America during primetime hours (9/2013). Uses Amazon has content delivery
  • Tell them your stories of being bullied (or being a bully & why it was wrong)Tell them the stories of your own struggles & failures
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  • The late psychologist, Dr. Al Cooper, believed three main factors draw people into online sexual activity:26 1. Accessibility (porn is accessible easily from any Internet connection) 2. Affordability (millions of free or very cheap images are available online) 3. Anonymity (home computers and Smartphones have made it very easy to be secretive) Easiest Leg to Knock Out is Anonymity – thus accessibility and accountability is a must!He dubbed this the “Triple-A Engine” of Internet porn.
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  • 1. How to Handle Your Kid’s Technology
  • 2. What is Wrong with This Picture?
  • 3. Ephesians 6:10-18 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
  • 4. The Enemy • PORNOGRAPHY o The worldwide pornography industry ($97 Billion) has larger revenues than Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo, Apple and Netflix combined. (2006 Study) o Global porn revenues have declined 50% since 2007 due to the amount of free porn online. o 74% of commercial pornography sites display free porn images on the homepage. o Ninety percent of children ages 8-16 have viewed pornography online. o 39% of teens have sent sexually suggestive text messages to other teens, and 20% have sent nude or semi-nude pictures or video of themselves. o Source:
  • 5. The Enemy • CYBERBULLYING o 43% of teens aged 13 to 17 report that they have experienced some sort of cyberbulying in the past year. o More girls are cyberbullys than boys (59% girls and 41% boys) o Source: • PREDATORS o In 82% of online sex crimes against minors, the offender used the victim's social networking site to gain information about the victim's likes and dislikes. o The majority of victims of Internet-initiated sex crimes were between 13 to 15 years old; 75% were girls and 25% were boys. o Source:
  • 6. The Enemy • MEDIA CONGLOMERATES • As of October of 2013, Facebook now allows users under 18 to post publicly…making the content of their posts more readily accessible to advertisers. The CEO is in favor of reversing COPPA to allow children under the age of 13 free access to social networking sites. • Advertising to children has exploded over the past two decades. In the United States alone, companies spent over $17 billion doing this in 2009 – more than double what was spent in 1992. • Undermining of Parental Authority • 2014 Grammy Awards #SameLove • Eschatological Implications
  • 7. The Trends • Mobile Devices: Teens Prefer iPhones • • • • 91% of teens say they plan to buy a smartphone for their next high-tech device. 48% of teens already own an iPhone, compared with 40% last fall Among teens who own tablets, 68% own iPads, down from 72% For 74% of teens, their smartphone is the first thing they pick up after waking up each morning. • Social Media Sites & Apps • Most Popular • Twitter • Instagram (HS) • Facebook • Vine (JH) • Snapchat (HS/JH) • Next Most Popular • Kik/WhatsApp • • Tumblr • Pheed
  • 8. Piper Jaffray’s “Taking Stock with Teens” Market Research • Teens have cited "friends" as the strongest influence over their purchase decisions for the duration of our survey history, but "Internet" is quickly rising in profile. • More than half of teens indicate that social media impacts their purchases with Twitter being the most important, eclipsing Facebook, followed closely by Instagram. • But the popularity of Facebook is waning among teens with 23% citing it as the most important, down from 33% six months ago and 42% a year ago. The "Taking Stock With Teens" survey is a semi-annual research project comprised of gathering input from approximately 8,650 teens with an average age of 16.2 years.
  • 9. The Enemy Average Age of First Exposure 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 TV/DVDs Computers & Games Mobile Phones Internet
  • 10. The Enemy Average Age of First Exposure 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 90% viewed porn while doing homework 80% have had multiple exposures to hard core porn TV/Video Computers & Games Mobile Phones Internet favored ages of online predators 11 - Average Age of First Exposure to Porn
  • 11. Ephesians 6:10-18 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
  • 12. THE EQUIPMENT • BELT OF TRUTH Commitment to Truth & Truth Telling o Create a Culture of Communication, Truth & Truth Telling o Be Transparent About Your Own Childhood Struggles and Failures o Read these books: o The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman o The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers by Gary Chapman o Preempt the Culture o Have ‘The Talk’ with Your Kids Shortly Before or After 10th Birthday o Have Conversations About Online Dangers o Know Your Child’s Accounts, Passwords & Online Activities o All online accounts require email – If you control the email, you control the accounts. o Inspect What You Expect – NetNanny Social o For parents with young children, do not share your passcodes & passwords
  • 13. THE EQUIPMENT • BELT OF TRUTH Commitment to Truth & Truth Telling o Does My Child Have a Right to Privacy? o Privacy is the nondisclosure of information that parents do not need to know. o An issue of privacy is one that concerns only the child and does not in any way affect a child’s relationship with his/her parents or other people. o Privacy is a privilege. Granting your child more privilege is a sign of recognizing that they are maturing and with added privacy comes greater responsibility. o Secrecy is the nondisclosure of information parents need to know. o Matthew 18:6 – Parents have a responsibility to know of anyone or anything that may bring spiritual, emotional, mental or physical harm to their child. o Luke 8:17: There are no secrets in the Heavenly Father/Child Relationship
  • 14. THE EQUIPMENT • BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS Living a Godly Life o Involved in a Bible Based Evangelical Church o Teach Your Child How to Handle Sexual Temptation o Flee Sexual Immorality (1 Corinthians 6:18) o Create Digital Fire Drills o Turn – Turn Away or Turn Off the Monitor or Device o Run – Run Away from IT o Tell – Tell Mom and Dad o Build a Culture of Accountability in Your Home: o Internet Porn Thrives Under 2 Circumstances: o Accessibility - Time Limits o Anonymity – Designate Tech Free Zones (Bedrooms, Bathrooms, or other Private Areas of the Home)
  • 15. THE EQUIPMENT • SHOES OF THE GOSPEL Fulfilling Our Purpose & Mission o At What Point is Screen Time Too Much? o Kids 2-5 play with a mobile app (19%) vs. tie one’s shoelaces (9%). o Kids can open a web browser (25%) vs. swim unaided (20%) o 1999 Statement by AAP: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests kids ages 2 to and younger be completely screen-free. o 2013 Expanded Statement by AAP: Same as before, but now all other children should get no more than two hours a day. o Verdict is still out on long term effects, BUT the bigger question is, “Are we teaching our children to make the best use of their time?” o o o o Limitations > No Limitations Educational Games > Entertainment Games Face Time > Screen Time General Rule: Too Much of Any One Thing is a Bad Thing o Read & Study Romans 14
  • 16. THE EQUIPMENT • SHIELD OF FAITH Sharing the Gospel & Walking with Other Believers o o o o Find the Best School for Your Child Thinking About Relocating– Church & School are #1 Priority Plan Playdates with ‘Good’ Kids Teach Your Child to Choose Friends Wisely o o o o How Well Do They Respect Authority Figures? Do They Hold You Accountable? Do They Make Fun of You at Anytime? Do They Encourage You to Make Good Choices?
  • 17. THE EQUIPMENT • HELMET OF SALVATION Our Minds Controlled by God o Teach Your Child to Make Wise Media Choices o o o o – Movies, Games & Music – Limited Book Reviews – Family Values, but not Christian – Searchable Database of Song Lyrics o Standardize the Family on a Single Platform (Mac/iOS or Windows/Droid). o Centralize All Phone Plans on One Single Provider o Utilize Internet Filtering & Parental Control Settings o o o o o By Computer: NetNanny By Device: iOS Parental Controls (IOS) | My Mobile WatchDog (Droid) By Cellular Service Provider: Verizon | AT&T | Sprint | T-Mobile By Home Internet Connection: Open DNS HOME VIP By Internet Router (Time Limits): (Linksys Smart WiFi Routers)
  • 18. Home Internet Service: • Comcast • AT&T • Kingwood Cable • Cell Phone Service: • Verizon • AT&T • Sprint • T-Mobile
  • 19. THE EQUIPMENT • SWORD OF THE SPIRIT Reading, Studying, & Using the Bible o Install the Bible on Your Child’s Device o o o o o (294 Versions, 144 Languages) (The Bible App for Kids) (Audio Bible) (Multimedia Rich Bible) (Push Technology for Bible and Encouraging Words)
  • 20. Ephesians 6:10-18 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
  • 22. Land Occupied by the Israelites
  • 23. Land Promised to the Israelites
  • 24. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR SCHOOL: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Will the camera/video and/or Facetime be enabled on iPads? How much screen time will my child have each day? Will Location/GPS Services be turned off on the iPads? What Internet Filtering Solution is the School using?? • Did the school IT staff work closely with school faculty/administration to determine the sensitivity level of these settings? • If something inappropriate does happen, what retention policies does the school have on internet history? • Will students be able to clear out their internet history and cookies? • Will the school be monitoring use? Is so, will it be automated or manual? And will it be proactive or reactive? Will my student have an email accounts? • If so, will they be allowed to receive external email or just internal? • If so, what solution does the school use to filter emails? • How will private emails between teachers and students be monitored? • What is the school’s email retention policy? • Will parents have remote access to student email accounts? What apps or applications will be available to my child? Will social media sites be used or blocked?