Not so long ago; our friend, Josh McDowell stood in front of 7,000 mental health professionals and spoke to them as if he were speaking to a crowd of concerned parents. The very first words out of his mouth were these: “The day of the sleepover is over.”
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When you think about it, it’s not impossible that your child could be just one click away from having his, or her, entire life destroyed. How can you prepare your children? Our guest today helps us iron out this question.
We had the privilege in interviewing Joshua Straub. He gives us his expert advice on how to navigate technology in today’s culture. Joshua Straub Ph.D. is the author of God Attachment: The Quick Reference Guide to Counseling Teenagers and The Screen Balanced Family: Six Secrets to a More Connected Family In the 21st Century.
How Can I Navigate Technology in Today’s Culture
Whatever other subject you want to talk about pertaining to raising kids, digital technology will most likely have a part in the equation. So, as parents, we might as well get used to it. You want to talk about sex—there’s a digital angle. You want to talk about drugs—there’s a digital angle. You want to talk about rock-and-roll—there’s a digital angle. For crying out loud, Rich, there’s a digital angle if you want to talk about camping!
Joshua helps us navigate the culture by addressing technology. We discuss:
- Why this generation is presented with challenges unrivaled to other generations
- The importance of safety precautions needed with technology
- Understanding the Waldorf Schools
- Why monitoring your digital habit is essential to your family
- Understanding the chemical addictions technology brings
- Learn to use the acronym R.E.L.A.T.E. to address media addictions
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Conversation Starter: Do you find your family being addicted to technology? What are some boundaries you can implement in your home?