Tech-Wise Family – Week 1

Dangers and Awareness of Technology in our lives

What is the proper place for technology in our families?

What are our values?

How do we determine what’s right for our children / ourselves, etc.?

  • Truth Test
  • Agenda
  • Model
  • Values


(Note: the below are affiliate links. Buying a book using one of these links will help offset some of the costs I have incurred in giving away some of these resources.)

018664: The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in its Proper Place The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in its Proper Place
By Andy Crouch / Baker Books

Reclaim real life in a world of technology. Making good choices about technology in our families is more than just using internet filters and determining screen-time limits for our children. It’s about building character, wisdom, and courage.

Alongside in-depth research from Barna Group that shows how families are wrestling with technology’s new realities, Andy Crouch takes parents beyond the typical questions of what, where, and when to show us that in a world full of devices, there’s a way to choose a better life than we’ve imagined.

3552434: 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You
By Tony Reinke / Crossway

Drawing from the insights of numerous thinkers, published studies, and his own research, writer Tony Reinke identifies twelve potent ways our smartphones have changed us–for good and bad. Reinke calls us to cultivate wise thinking and healthy habits in the digital age, encouraging us to maximize the many blessings, avoid the various pitfalls, and wisely wield the most powerful gadget of human connection ever unleashed.
411232: Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World
By Gary Chapman & Arlene Pellicane / Northfield Publishing

Whether they’re looking at their phone, tablet, or gaming device, kids seem more glued to a screen than engaged with people. How can you wean your children from dependence on digital devices? In Growing Up Social, Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane share five skills to help you give youngsters a relational edge in a screen-driven world. They are:

  • affection
  • appreciation
  • anger management
  • apology
  • attention

Below are some articles I found online that may help in understanding the impact of screen-time / technology on us and our families.

Psychological well-being

Loneliness as the Cause and the Effect of Problematic Internet Use: The Relationship between Internet Use and Psychological Well-Being – Junghyun Kim, Robert LaRose, and Wei Peng

Decreases in psychological well-being among American adolescents after 2012 and links to screen time during the rise of smartphone technology. – Twenge, J. M., Martin, G. N., & Campbell, W. K

Science says turn off all of those phone notifications immediately – Alena Hall

There’s Worrying New Research About Kids’ Screen Time and Their Mental Health – Markham Heid

How smartphone addiction changes your BRAIN: Scans reveal how grey matter of tech addicts physically changes shape and size in a similar way to drug users – Joe Pinkstone

Privacy / Manipulation

The Smartphone Psychology Manifesto – Geoffrey Miller

Addictive Behaviors

Four out of five smartphone users check their phones within 15-minutes of waking up, reports suggests – Laurie Fullerton

Impact on Children / Youth

Teens are spending nearly half their waking hours on screens — and that can have scary, lasting effects – Brett Arends

A New Study of 500,000 Teens Shows This Much Screen Time Doubles Their Risk of Depression – Jessica Stillman

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