Parents should proactively address media addictions within their home.
By recognizing our culture’s idolatrous love affair with entertainment and amusement,as good parents, we must be more alert and discerning.
So, where should you start?
First, we must realize media addictions are not derived only by the content in which we allow our kids to be entertained with, but by how often we allow them to be entertained.
Long before the digital age – A.W. Tozer said “I believe that entertainment and amusements are the work of the enemy to keep dying men from knowing they’re dying and to keep enemies of God from remembering they’re enemies.”
Like morphine, constant amusement can be an addictive catharsis that simply numbs one through life.
You can proactively address media addictions, as well as keep your teen aware and alert, by putting appropriate time limits on media interactions.
Examine Your Media Habits
There is nothing more frustrating than confronting a teenager with all the facts, evidence and logic to prove your case; only to have it debunked with illogic, emotion, and relativism.
“That’s just your opinion” they cry. Sound like some of your kids?
In my many years of working with troubled youth at Shepherds Hill Academy, nearly all of them will justify listening to misogynistic lyrics and disturbing beats and rhythms; because, in their words, they appreciate the talent it takes to play it and it makes them feel good.
Well, following that same train of logic, it took talent for Adolph Hitler to systematically massacre millions and it made him feel good.
We have to remember that everything our kids enjoy isn’t necessarily good for them.
But, as good parents, we have to remember the same rule applies to us also.
To proactively address media addictions within your home, make it a habit to evaluate your own media habits first.
Conversation Starter: What are some additional proactive steps you can take to address media addictions in your home?
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