Modern Media Guidelines:

“Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?” Job 31:4

Technology isn’t inherently evil; it’s more about how we choose to use it. We need to teach our adults & children how to safely use technology. With technology, we are required to give Biblical guidelines and safe boundaries that create long-term values.

  • Filter & Accountability
    • Utilize parental controls/restrictions on each device.
    • Consider adding a filter on the internet signal coming into your house (router).
    • Simple & frequent checks on you & your families’ devices could keep us from inappropriate interactions.
  • Be a good role model
    • What are we as parents doing with our devices?
    • It’s important that we follow the same rules & expectations as we place on our children.
    • They see the time spent and how we are using our time with technology.
  • Time limits
    • Define acceptable times/amounts of use.
    • Define non-acceptable times. Examples: school, bedtime, dinner table
    • Define time spent playing games.
    • Adjust times with age & maturity as they build your trust.
    • Don’t let your device control you.
  • Never use technology in a hurtful way
    • Never say anything online that you wouldn’t say face-to-face.
    • Never forward or post a photo/text that you wouldn’t want public.
    • Remember everything placed online can become public.
  • Set clear expectations
    • Be upfront & clear.
    • If your child has a good understanding of the expectations of using the device, it will be easier to enforce the boundaries.
    • Could consider having your child sign a written contract before given a device.

Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it. 
Proverbs 22:6