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Raising Kids in an Electronic Age


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A presentation given at Centerville Presbyterian Church in Fremont, CA on March 13, 2011. It was a conversation for parents about the pros & cons of technology and some advice for how they might go about engaging their children in conversations about technology.

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Raising Kids in an Electronic Age

  1. 1. presentation by Adam Walker CleavelandCenterville Presbyterian ChurchFremont, CAMarch 13, 2011
  2. 2. Me• Husband• Pastor• Blogger• Designer• Social Media Consultant• Gadget Geek
  3. 3. Technology Wonders & WorriesThis will help frame our conversation this afternoon.
  4. 4. A Day In the Life...
  5. 5. Does this sound familiar...?
  6. 6. We certainly are a Digital Nation.• Frontline’s “Digital Nation”
  7. 7. The air we breathe...• This is the water we’re swimming in - it’s not going away• Technology changes at a rapid pace• This isn’t a new conversation• Technology expands our world• Use & moderation will look different for everyone• Nothing should get in the way of our calling to love God & love others, whether that’s technology or anything else
  8. 8. Web 1.0 & Web 2.0: What’s the difference?• Static content • Dynamically generated content• Enhancing knowledge • Enhancing creativity• Information download • Information sharing• Little to no interaction • Collaboration• Users are passive recipients of • Users are required to engage information with information, create it• FINDING • CREATING & SHARING
  9. 9. The World is Obsessed with Facebook• “The World Is Obsessed With Facebook” Video
  10. 10. Takeaways...• Author Daniel Pink says that parents must “prepare our children for their future, not our past.” Technology is awesome - enjoy it and prepare them!• Vibrate: OFF• You are the parents; you still get to make the rules.• Be aware - use common sense.• Everyone’s family will be different.
  11. 11. Wonders: Creativity, Collaboration &Connection
  12. 12. Creativity & Collaboration...
  13. 13. Pomplamoose covers Beyonce’s “SingleLadies”• Pomplamoose:• Single Ladies cover:
  14. 14. Connection...• New communities are formed and new friends are made• Deeper connection are made within already existing communities• Kids get connected with the world: Iran, Egypt, Japan...• Belonging
  15. 15. Worries: Privacy, Safety & Too Much?
  16. 16. Privacy...• Young people often do not get this• Once it’s out there, it’s out there• Must know & understand privacy settings on social networks• Some great resources on your handouts• Privacy connected to safety
  17. 17. Watch out for...• Formspring: cool website that spirals downward VERY quickly• Chatroulette and its clones (zupyo, Omegle, Flirtspin, etc): online video chat, essentially a way to accidentally stumble across pornography
  18. 18. Just too much...?• Facebook friends with people they don’t even know• Pre-school reunion???• Relationships used to last for seasons, not we carry them all with us (and the online photo galleries to prove it)• Always connected• Smartphones in bedrooms? 81.5% said YES
  19. 19. So where do we go from here?
  20. 20. #1: Enjoy it!• We live in an EXCITING time• Embrace the awesomeness• Use technology for good• Connect with and help out other people• Prepare your children for their future, not your past...• Have fun with your kids - start a blog, make a video, post it on YouTube, get creative!
  21. 21. #2: Vibrate: OFF• Spiritual direction• Find times when you and your kids are “unavailable”• There was life before smartphones and handheld gaming devices• Help your family connect with God (whatever that looks like for you) and not with others for periods of time
  22. 22. #3: You make rules• You are the parents and you STILL get to make the rules• Even if you don’t understand the technology, you are in control.• It also means you have a responsibility to learn and stay up-to-date on the tech your kids are using
  23. 23. #4: Be aware.• Work on your awareness• Use common sense• You will know - or your spouse/partner/child will let you know• Notice when it’s becoming a distraction to you or your child’s spirituality and connection with God
  24. 24. #5: Everyone willbe different...• Get advice from friends, see what has worked for others• But in the end, find what works for YOUR family and be okay with that• Everyone will be different
  25. 25. Questions & Responses
  26. 26. Sources• Nielsen report: How Teens Use Media• Frontline’s “Digital Nation”• “The World Is Obsessed With Facebook” Video• Pomplamoose:
  27. 27. Connect with me here:Email: cleave@gmail.comFacebook: @adamwcWeb: www.adamwc.comSlides available here: