Making Sure Technology is a Good Thing for Our Kids
“From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take.” 1 Chronicles 12:32
We live in a very exciting but dangerous time in history. Technology is exploding and providing us with so many conveniences that were unheard of years ago. Indeed, we have come a long way from the days that I held the rabbit ears different ways for my dad so that the picture on the television would come in properly.
Unfortunately, technology has also brought us some new dangers that we must be aware of. Social media, the Internet, and cell phones have put information and connectivity at our fingertips while at the same time providing snares that could entrap us and our children. Fathers, as leaders of our families, we must ask God to make us like the men mentioned in 1 Chronicles 12:32. It is imperative for our children that we be people who understand the times.
With technology, we must provide safeguards to ensure the protection of our children from enemies unknown. In our homes, we would never go to bed at night and leave our front doors unlocked. Neither should we give our children unfettered access to the Internet, cell phones, and social media. The enemy is looking to destroy our children. King Solomon on his deathbed gave us great advice that speaks to this issue.
Proverbs 4:23 declares: “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” More than anything else, we should guard the hearts of our children, especially in regards to the dangers of technology.
I am afraid that our kids do not realize as they post on social media sites that the internet is permanent and that colleges and future employers are looking. More than that, a lack of accountability in any area will always give the enemy a foothold in our kids’ lives. I know that all of us would do anything to keep a known danger away from our children. We must do the same with unknown dangers that may creep into our lives with technology.
I am not saying that you can keep them away from technology as it is a part of our world. What I am saying is that we must seek God for wisdom in this matter and then set correct parameters. First, ask God to give us wisdom in when and how to allow our kids to have a phone or utilize social media. Next, hold them accountable by providing expectations and inspecting what they do with their phones or on social media. Set the bar high in terms of expectations and make sure that they live up to it in order to keep the privilege.
Once we have done all that we can to provide safeguards for our kids, then we must pray diligently and ask God for His protection on our children. I am convinced that if we follow His truth in protecting our kids we will see God do some great things in their lives. 2 Samuel 22:31 tells us that: “God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.” May God grant us all wisdom as we protect our children!