Screen Suggestions for Students
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
Screen suggestions for students, well, perhaps more for the parents of students. All of us have noticed the exponential leap of digital devices creeping into our lives. I like the new devices. The digital things, screens of all sizes, and new tech can be terrific. But at some point, we can have too much of a good thing.
Paul was telling the believers at Philippi that moderation should clearly be part of their lives. We can go overboard – even with good things. Balance is needed in every area of the Christian life. If we are not careful the stuff we have will control us!
Here are some ideas to help moderate the tech stuff of life:
- Ensure your child gets a full night of rest, have a media basket for all the cell phones and connected devices to rest at night. The temptation to communicate, surf, and feed possible addictions become less when a device is not accessible at night. Even if music or other things are used on a device to help a child go to sleep, it seems like a short-sighted fix. We should avoid being dependent on anything or anyone other than Jesus and His Word.
- Increase your child’s GPA; get rid of the smart phone. With an increase of smart device use, the need for learning and knowing stuff for yourself tends to decrease. A study came out recently suggesting that students learn better from print on paper books. Even the talented people who create these devices and software do not allow their kids to have much screen time. They buy their kids printed books.
- Work on social skills. When children are visiting your home, have a phone basket for the phones to go in. Have you noticed that with all the social media that people are actually less social in real life settings?
- Teach your children the sacredness of worship by instructing them to not play on devices while at the church building. Turn them off. A print Bible has less possible distractions than a digital one.
- Some have gone back to flip phones or what I call “dumb phones.” These phones revert back to the whole reason for a phone to begin with – calling and texting. It is good for children to know how to use devices without letting those devices control them.
- We do allow our kids to have “tablet time” but it is limited with time increments and we do not only monitor, but we know all of the programs that we have installed on those devices. Parents cannot be too careful in guiding their children to enable and equip them for making right decisions.
- Much of these principles can be applied to video games and screens of any size as well.
I hope these suggestions will help you find a healthy balance. Do you have several others? Post them here and they may be re-posted for others to see…