In this episode, I speak with my friend Matt McKee, one of the leading voices on the topic of online safety for kids and parenting within a tech world. Matt also shares some practical principles and mindset shifts in regard to technology and helps clarify some goals for parents who have questions about boundaries with technology.
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Parenting in a Tech World
- Number one question/fear of most parents = What do I do with my kid and technology?
- Goal: Helping make kids good digital citizens no matter what is out there
- Parents/families don’t have to be experts in a specific technology, but we must learn how to ask “how does it work” or “can you teach me how…”
A couple of principles to help:
- Stop asking “how much time should they spend on the device” and start asking “what is the purpose of them spending time on the device”?
- Ex: One hour of Youtube… What’s the purpose? (consumption vs. creation)
- Some purposes to rally behind:
- Build a relationship with your kids around technology
Info on Bark:
- Artificial Intelligence operating inside of programs
- Allows kids to make minor mistakes online, but with the filters to screen content
- Helps give some intelligence and data for parents to better understand how technology is being used
- Get the book and course
- Create a plan to share it with your church
- Check out Bark – for you (if you're a parent) and church
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