Gospel Tech

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A resource for parents who are feeling outpaced and overwhelmed as they raise children in a tech world.

Our goal: Equip parents with the tools, resources, and confidence they need to raise kids who love God and use tech.

128. Crash Course #5: Smart Phones
Aug 2 2022
128. Crash Course #5: Smart Phones
There’s a really good chance your child has asked you to get them a smartphone. My first conversation was with my oldest child when he was in kindergarten. His classmate had one and used it to play games during the school day. Whatever age you child, this conversation is fraught with big emotions, a predictable “but everyone else has one” argument, and the difficulty as a parent of threading the needle between being intentional and being out of touch with reality. It's not easy, and today's conversation will walk through the research and practice that will help inform our decisions, as well as practical steps we can take to help get our children on the road to eventual (if delayed) digital independence.Resources:Addiction By Design: Machine Gambling In Las Vegas. The book I couldn't remember in the podcast--Ms. Dow Schull looks at how slot machines engage users beyond just gambling, and the implications that has for other digital tech.Gabb Wireless: great options for trainer phonesThe Wise Phone: another great dumb phone optionAn article we wrote for Fierce Parenting on how to make your smartphone a dumb phoneA great Protect Young Eyes article on home routersSome other honorable mentions:Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked. A look at unhealthy tech design and specifically the pull to refresh in Smartphones.The Social Dilemma: A documentary that sheds light on some of the design aspects of social media (although know going in that the documentary falls short of giving any practical or hopeful next steps)Hooked: How To Build Habit Forming Products A book by Nir Eyal in which he explores “experiences designed to connect the user’s problem with the company’s product with enough frequency to form a habit.” Show Notes:
122. How Can We Disciple Our Children in a Tech World?
Jun 21 2022
122. How Can We Disciple Our Children in a Tech World?
We are called to disciple our children in the way they should go, but how? Today we're going to address what discipleship looks like in a tech world, and how we can all do it starting wherever we are today.Guiding verses today:Deuteronomy 6:4-9: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.[fn] 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”verses to encourage us as we love our kiddos as parents, journeying with them and pointing them to God’s purpose for them (also known as discipline) Proverbs 3:11-12: “My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, or the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.” Hebrews 12:6: “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” Jesus in talking about the vines John 15:2: “Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” Revelation 3:19: “Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.”Helpful Tech for Discipleship: awesome children’s Bible: The Jesus Storybook Bible, by Sally Lloyd Jones audio book: The Jesus Storybook Bible devotional to do with kids: Indescribable, by Louie Giglio Bible content and lessons: The Bible Project great overviews like how to read the bible insights on books that can be tough to understand, like Psalms helpful guides for reading the New TestamentIf you use Veggie Tales, use their stuff from before 2012. Dreamworks acquired Big Ideas (the company that creates Veggie Tales) that year and their more recent stuff has just been cartoons starring vegetables.