Connecting As a Family In a Tech Absorbed World

Smartphones, video streaming, and gaming dominate the lives of our children and families. In this 5-part video series, discover how moms and dads can find healthy boundaries for tech and bonding moments when the devices are off.

Episode 1: Helping Children Become Tech Enabled

In the first episode, Jim Daly and author Jonathan McKee discuss how more parents and teens are admitting that they are addicted to their smartphones — and how it’s causing a big unintended consequence.

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Get the most out of this series by following these steps:

Step 1
Download these discussion questions to discuss with your spouse and family.

Step 2
Read this article Four Conversations Parents Should Have With Their Kids About Digital Devices by Jonathan McKee

Step 3
In his book The Teen’s Guide to Social Media and Mobile Phones,  Jonathan McKee will help your child navigate the digital world with 21 refreshingly honest and humorous tips that will not only inform, but also just might change the way your child thinks about their social media interaction.

Episode 2: Navigating Video Gaming

In part two, Jonathan McKee shares that setting boundaries for video games and entertainment promotes a healthy technology appetite for your kids, but there’s something else you can do to create valuable bonding time.

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Get the most out of this series by following these steps:

Step 1
Download these discussion questions to discuss with your spouse and family.

Step 2
Listen to this broadcast Raising Healthy Digital Users

Episode 3: Training in Discernment

In episode three Jonathan McKee shares about an important must-do for parents in order to explore technology with their kids.

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Get the most out of this series by following these steps:

Step 1
Download these discussion questions to discuss with your spouse and family.

Step 2
Get your copy of Screens and Teens by Dr. Kathy Koch.  She exposes the lies that technology can teach your teen and will help guide you in countering those lies. 

Episode 4: Looking for Opportunities to Connect

In episode four, Jonathan McKee and John Fuller explore the idea that parents can’t know everything kids are doing online, but moms and dads can take a couple of steps to open the door for incredible bonding time.

Go Deeper

Get the most out of this series by following these steps:

Step 1
Download these discussion questions to discuss with your spouse and family.

Step 3
In his book The Teen’s Guide to Social Media and Mobile Phones,  Jonathan McKee will help your child navigate the digital world with 21 refreshingly honest and humorous tips that will not only inform, but also just might change the way your child thinks about their social media interaction.

Episode 5: Seeking Out Those No Tech Zones

The fifth and final video features Jonathan McKee sharing examples of no-tech arenas where kids really open up. If parents do this, they can watch the relationship distance with their kids become closer.

Go Deeper

Get the most out of this series by following these steps:

Step 1
Download these discussion questions to discuss with your spouse and family.

Step 2
Get your copy of Left To Their Own Devices? Confident Parenting in a World of Screens: 2nd Edition  – Katharine Hill explores the impact of devices and the digital age on teenagers and younger children, giving practical advice on screen time, social media, and consumer culture as well as how to tackle some of the more serious issues such as cyberbullying, grooming and pornography.

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