You either keep up with the times, or you fall back to the stone-age. But what does that really mean in today’s world? We’re in a technology driven world where the newest and latest take the place of time spent together on holiday and communications in the here and now. As with most things in life, there are good features and there are bad features when it comes to staying on the cutting edge. You don’t have to look very far to see just how much technology has taken over human contact – and by all indications we haven’t come close to scratching the surface of this transition.
Where are the boundaries? How much is too much? Can you limit your kid’s time on the smartphone, when you’re having your own difficulties finding the mute button?
“We need to help teenagers move from being tech-dependent to tech-enabled. Technology can be a really convenient tool in communicating with people outside the room, but it becomes a hindrance when it interferes with our connection with people inside the room,” says Jonathan McKee. “The ideas offered in the book come from not just years of research, but from extensive engagement on the frontlines as an imperfect parent who wanted to connect with his kids. As with any other value that we want to instill in our children, teaching the responsible use of today’s technology begins with us – the parents.”
JONATHAN MCKEE has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for parents on his website TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog on that site, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. TheSource4Parents.com is helping one parent at a time with a regular dose of helpful parenting videos on their YouTube page, and a Facebook page where parents can interact. Jonathan and his wife have three wonderful kids.
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Jonathan McKee is the author of twenty books:
52 Ways to Connect with your Smartphone Obsessed Kid
The Guy’s Guide to God, Girls, and the Phone in Your Pocket
More Than Just the Talk: Becoming Your Kids’ Go-To Person About Sex