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A Parent’s Guide to Today’s Technology

Help your family make smart decisions when it comes to smart phones and technology.

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The Internet, social media, mobile phones, tablets, and movies have become a noticeable part of daily family life. With all the benefits of being digitally connected, there are also some challenges for parents. How can we help protect and guide our children from inappropriate images and messages? How is technology changing the way our families communicate and interact with each other?

Focus on the Family's media and Internet filter resources are intended to equip parents with the information and the tools needed to answer these questions and more.

  • Net Nanny is our preferred web filtering software.
  • Forcefield is our preferred parental control software.
  • Covenant Eyes is our preferred Internet accountability software.

In addition to using filtering controls, talk to your children about the importance of safe boundaries online. Get smart about how technology can have a positive or negative impact in your relationship with your children.

CHECK OUT THESE HELPFUL RESOURCES

SCREENS AND TEENS: CONNECTING WITH OUR KIDS IN A WIRELESS WORLD

By Kathy Koch, Ph.D.
Kathy’s research and experience come together for an inspiring book that’s sure to hellp you expose the lies of technology and grow closer with your kids.

Hear the Focus on the Family Broadcast, “Managing Technology’s Impact on Your Kids” with Dr. Kathy Koch.

THE DIGITAL INVASION: HOW TECHNOLOGY IS SHAPING YOU AND YOUR RELATIONSHIPS

By Dr. Archibold D. Hart
Through insights from neuroscience and psychology, this book provides therapeutic and biblical strategies for handling the digital invasion in order to become good stewards of our digital lives.

Listen to the Focus on the Family Broadcast, “Protecting Your Family from the Digital Invasion” with Dr. Archibald Hart and Dr. Sylvia Hart Frejd.

GROWING UP SOCIAL: RAISING RELATIONAL KIDS IN A SCREEN-DRIVEN WORLD

By Dr. Gary Chapman
Technology can erode a sense of togetherness and hinder a child’s emotional and social development. This book will empower you with the tools you need to make positive changes.

Listen to the Focus on the Family Broadcast “Helping Kids Relate in a Screen-Driven World” with Dr. Gary Chapman and Mrs. Arlene Pellicane.