Engaging with Your Child’s Media

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If you have not yet read Glen Shultz’s latest blog, Some Haunting Questions, you should take a moment to read it today. Mr. Brenner shared this blog with our school family earlier this week. It is a very thought-provoking and convicting post. I have challenged our teachers to think about what being “Christian” really means and how we can fulfill our mission to “assist parents…in the education of children, from a Biblical worldview, to impact their world for Christ.”

One way that I believe we can fulfill our mission is by sharing some great resources with you to help you understand the culture that our children are growing up in. If your son or daughter is anything like my two girls, he or she has a tablet and spends time watching videos online. We try to closely monitor what they watch, but as I recently discovered, my four-year-old has learned some words that we did not know she knew. These are words that we do not use in our home and I cannot think of anywhere that she could have heard these words other than a video that she watched on YouTube – and we only let our girls use YouTube Kids.

Common Sense Media is a great resource for reading reviews on a wide range of topics –including movies, books, YouTube Channels, etc. In fact, the leading story as of this morning is about Fortnite.

My go-to guide for movies is Plugged In. This is a resource from Focus on the Family that provides reviews on movies, TV, games, and books.  I use their reviews anytime we want to watch a movie with our girls.

Think Christian is a new resource that I’ve recently learned about. It has several articles about popular culture, including movies, TV, and games.

I would encourage you to become familiar with these resources and for you to spend time looking through each one. You will discover a lot of helpful information that will better prepare you to understand the culture that our children are engaged in every day. There is no substitute for being involved in what your son or daughter are doing each day. I encourage you to watch the videos they watch, read the books they read, play the games they play. George Barna recently shared that movies, TV, music, books, internet, public policy, and family are the most influential in American culture. So, if we as parents are not influencing our children, you can believe that the media they are engaged with daily is.

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