Our world is ever-changing when it comes to technology, digital media, and social media. With that in mind, we wanted to summarize a few suggestions to help parents and students as they face choices and decisions on smart, responsible use of their smart phones and other digital devices.
6 Technological Truths
In his book Tech-wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in its Proper Place, Andy Crouch asserts that technology is not bad. It is not evil. It is not to be feared. Instead, technology, when used responsibly, can add to life. He gives 6 Technological Truths to help identify when technology is used properly and improperly:
- Technology is in its proper place when it helps us bond with the real people we have been given to love. It’s out of its proper place when we end up bonding with people at a distance, like celebrities, whom we’ll never meet.
- Technology is in its proper place when it starts great conversations. It’s out of its proper place when it prevents us from talking with and listening to one another.
- Technology is in its proper place when it helps us take care of the fragile bodies we inhabit. It’s out of its proper place when it promises to help us escape the limits and vulnerabilities of those bodies altogether.
- Technology is in its proper place when it helps us acquire skill and mastery of domains that are the glory of human culture (sports, music, the arts, cooking, writing, accounting; the list could go on and on). When we let technology replace the development of skill with passive consumption, something has gone wrong.
- Technology is in its proper place when it helps us cultivate awe for the created world we’re part of and responsible for stewarding. It’s out of its proper place when it keeps us from engaging the wild and wonderful natural world with all our senses.
- Technology is in its proper place only when we use it with intention and care.
Apps to Help Parents Monitor Use:
These are some suggestions. There are others out there.
Smart Social App Guide – summary of various social media apps along with age recommendations or advisements
12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke
The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr