Technology

Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Cultivating Wise Tech Habits in Your Teen

Jonathan McKee offers insight and practical suggestions to parents seeking to guide their teens toward smart management of their digital world in a discussion based on his book The Teen's Guide to Social Media and Mobile Devices: 21 Tips to Wise Posting in an Insecure World.

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Four Conversations Parents Should Have With Their Kids About Digital Devices

Jonathan McKee

Do you know who your children are interacting with online? Kids won't learn digital responsibility if we don't teach them.

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A family of four is looking at a computer together while sitting on the couch.

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A Parent's Guide to Today's Technology Download

Focus on the Family

Find out how kids are using their online and mobile devices, and how that participation can impact them physically, psychologically, emotionally and socially.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Connecting With Your Tech-Absorbed Kid

Youth ministry expert and author Jonathan McKee offers parents practical advice and encouragement in a discussion based on his book 52 Ways to Connect With Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid.

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YouTube Stunts & Your Kids

Adam Holz

Teens seek validation in the media. What's a parent to do?

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Teenagers at the cinema

Article

Tales From the Script

Paul Asay

How you can protect your family from media influences.

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Two happy children looking at camera. The girl wears a crown and holds a scepter

Article

Headstrong Princesses and Curious Monkeys

Ashleigh Slater

How to teach your children to follow their parents rather than their heart.

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Illustration of a boy's head with the top flipping open and musical notes dropping into his head

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Setting Media Standards

Bob Waliszewski

The point is to maintain your family's values without alienating your kids.

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Smiling teen girl wearing headphones, listening to music and using a smartphone

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Spanning the Music Gap

Adam Holz

If you've ever tried reasoning with your adolescent about a questionable song, you know it can feel like a losing proposition.

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Family of four playing a game

Article

Capture the Memory or Live the Moment

Catherine Hart Weber

Engage in healthy mothering in a digital age.

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Family sitting on sofa watching television

Article

Family Media Commitment

Bob Waliszewski

Consider taking a pledge as a family to honor God with your entertainment choices.

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Young Children Watching Television at Home

Series

Kids and Movies

Movie nights can be a fun time for families but parents have to be ever-vigilant over what their children are watching.

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Young Children Watching Television at Home

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Watching Movies

various authors

Talk to your kids about media messages that undermine your values and be available for them to lean on your wisdom as they take responsibility for what they will watch.

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Two kids are sitting on the couch using their cellphones

Series

Cellphones and Your Kids

Should you get your children cellphones? What healthy boundaries should you have in place before you do? Get the answers to these questions and more.

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Sister and brother looking at cellular phone

Article

5 Tips for Cellphone Use

various authors

Creating boundaries in your home for cellphone use.

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Teen girl reading message on her cell phone

Article

Healthy Cellphone Boundaries

Juli Slattery

Consider all the facts before you allow your kids to have a cellphone.

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Two kids are sitting on the couch using their cellphones

Article

When Should Your Child Get a Cellphone?

Danny Huerta, MSW, LCSW, LSSW

Kids want cellphones to connect with peers, build friendships and find a sense of belonging. When is the best time for them to get their first mobile device?

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Five kids looking at their phones on a lovely spring day

Article

What Is Pokémon's Worldview?

Adam Holz

What is the worldview found in Pokémon Go? What might young players encounter if they wander into the world of these imaginary "Pocket Monsters"?

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The five kids in the Nester family have found a Pokemon with their parents.

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Playing Pokémon Go as a Family

Tim Nester

Pokémon Go offers one family a way to enjoy adventures together and learn more about each other.

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The five kids in the Nester family have found a Pokemon with their parents.

Series

Parenting Pokémon Go

Pokémon are showing up in stores, parks, museums — everywhere! As a parent, do you know the benefits of or boundaries needed for the Pokémon Go game that your kids are playing?

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A mother and son playing with a smartphone.

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Pokémon Go: What Parents Should Know

Adam Holz

So what is Pokémon Go? And how do we, as Christian parents, think wisely and discerningly about it?

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Guiding Your Family's Media Choices

Plugged In editor Paul Asay offers practical guidance for navigating your family safely through today's vast assortment of entertainment choices.

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Rescuing Your Teen Daughter From Secret Sins (Part 2 of 2)

Blogger and author Jessie Minassian offers advice on how parents can help their teen daughters deal with five common "secret sins" that entrap many teenage girls. (Part 2 of 2)

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