Wednesday, January 15, 2020

"Common Sense" Tech Help for Parents

With the glut of information, websites, apps, games, YouTube Channels, TV shows, and films out there these days, parents might need some help to figure out what is appropriate for their children of different ages. We want to know what's good, what's great, and what we might want to avoid. Younger and younger students have access to media, many on their own phones or devices, or those of their friends. This infographic illustrates "Media Use by Tweens and Teens 2019." It is pretty astonishing!

Having open and transparent communication within our families regarding the choices we make when it comes to media is a key factor, of course. But we might need some help and expert information about what is out there. I suggest checking out Common Sense Media. This website is always up-to-date and will give you some great insights on the latest movies, TV shows, and apps. Though the site is not coming from a Christian perspective, it is a great first place to turn for information which you can then interpret through a biblical lens. It can give you a springboard for discussing the choices that your you and your children make concerning media. They have "Best of..." lists, reviews, parent guides (like this one on "5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After 'Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker'"), and much more. Check it out, and feel free to let me know what you think!