Parent Resources

06

Apr

Let’s Reclaim Play

“Play doesn’t just help us to explore what is essential. It is essential in and of itself.” -Greg McKeown We need to reclaim play. When we talk about technology, and especially about healthy tech, we must combat the idea that we’re somehow at war with play and fun. In fact, exactly the opposite is true: Hea...

30

Mar

Game Review: Animal Crossing – New Horizons

Grade: Play It (but watch for tech health - RESET) Platforms: Nintendo Switch Rated: E for Everyone. Gospel Connection. Animal Crossing: New Horizons gives us a great opportunity to talk with our children about why we game and the proper place of games in our lives. We can model gospel-centered questions lik...

25

Mar

Game Review: Doom Eternal

Grade: Skip it. Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC Rated: 17+ Mature for Blood, Gore, and Intense Violence. The Gospel Reminder: DOOM Eternal is exactly what we should expect from a game in the DOOM franchise. If your child wants to play this game it's a great opportunity to talk through...

05

Mar

We Are Bored With Ourselves

“We are bored with ourselves, and often the most desperate, wasted hours are those we are forced to spend by ourselves”  -Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Works, 10:503, 1928-1931) Dietrich Bonhoeffer was speaking in the early 1930s when he spoke these words. They ring eerily true for us today, don’t they? In Mr...

02

Mar

The Reality of a Tech World

"Increasingly, games aren't allegories that say something about our lives; they are our lives." -Andrew Thompson, Engineers of Addiction I recently had the opportunity to give a number of tech workshops at a convention in the NorthWest. I was blessed to have people share with me their questions, concerns, and h...

10

Feb

Three Traits of Drool Tech

There are really two types of tech: Tool Tech: Helps us create Drool Tech: Helps us consume We've previous about the difference between Creating vs. Consuming with tech. Today we're going to look at three signs of Drool Tech: Rapid Rate of Stimulation Built In RewardsPassive Participation Let's look at ...

04

Feb

Tech Challenge: Turn Your Phone To Grayscale

We’ve got a pretty serious tech infatuation in America. The average iPhone user unlocks their phone more than 80 times a day, checks it every 12 minutes, and 50% of Americans say they couldn’t live without it (Wired, 2018). I do need my phone, don’t I? I use my phone for work, directions, contact with my family ...

21

Jan

Family Framework: Social Media

Social media can feel a bit like the Wild West at times. As parents we feel overwhelmed with questions: What is okay? For how long? How much is too much?Will my child make good choices? What happens when they don't? What should I do when their friends make bad choices? How do I manage who they contact online? ...

16

Dec

Is Disney+ Worth The Investment?

Disney has officially entered the battle for your time and dime. For months they've been amassing their forces for war: In October they stopped allowing Netflix ads in their contentIn May they beat Comcast out as majority owner of the streaming service Hulu.For the last years they've quietly begun amassing their ar...

11

Dec

Reading: An Amazing Tech Alternative

A great book should inspire, encourage, and / or challenge them. It should always point them towards the hope you have for them, not simply away from "bad stuff" like digital tech. There are plenty of bad people who love reading, so let's be clear: Reading won't fix our kids. But it can be a blessing to their hearts a...