Gospel Tech

Gospel Tech

A resource for parents who are feeling outpaced and overwhelmed as they raise children in a tech world. Our goal: Equip parents with the tools, resources, and confidence they need to raise kids who love God and use tech.

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September 22, 2022 33 min
Today we wrap up our conversation on finding balance with gaming. We focus specifically on:
1. How to know when gaming is healthy
2. How to be a part of your child's gaming world

I also address one of the most-asked questions I get when discussing video games: How do we handle spouses who play video games?

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3UnZXi5
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Video games can feel overwhelming for parents. How do we know if video games are a good idea? Which games should we pick? Today we answer these questions and give all parents a firm-foundation with which to love their children and make intentional tech choices when it comes to video games.

Resources mentioned:
.Ep. 133: What to do when your child asks for new tech: https://www.gospeltech.net/133-back-to-school-3-what-to-do-when-your-...
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Being present matters. Today's conversation is an extension of Tuesday's, with three examples that help us connect what we learned about friendship to our own daily lives.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3BKuFui
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Are smartphones and social media the new cul-de-sac? Do our children need to be online in order to have friends?

In today's episode we talk about what it takes to make a friend, be a friend, and keep a friend in this digital world.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3L7gJxo
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In our previous conversation we discussed how to handle conversations about new tech with our children. Today we're going to walk through specific conversations addressing three tech parents hear about most often: smartphones, social media, and video games.

Time:
1:30. Smartphones
11:45. Social Media
20.15. Video Games

Resources:
Video Game Grades: I've made a simple tool to help determine if a video game is a good fit for your...
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It's going to happen: Your child is going to come home from school completely enthralled with some new tech. One of their classmates, or someone on their team, will have something new and shiny, and they're going to bring you a pitch for one:
a smartphone, video game, or the latest social media platform.

Whatever it is, you’ve got to have an answer. In today's episode we'll walk you through exactly how to do that, a...
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2/3 Parents say they believe it's harder to parent now than it was 20 years ago, with many citing technology as their reason (Pew, Auxier et al, 2020). That feels about right. Parenting can feel downright overwhelming in this tech world!

Today we'll discuss three steps we can all take to help ensure we have healthy tech as we take on the coming school year.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3e7txYs
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August 23, 2022 24 min
How do we prep our tech for school? We use a RESET.

In today’s conversation we’ll discuss the two types of tech, how to assess tech health, and some practical ways we can begin these conversations at home with children of all ages.

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3AOIx6x
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Roger Smith is a 30+ year educator, the VP of a national sports camp, a parent of two young adults, and a major advocate for young people growing up in a tech world.

Roger has been on the front lines of education since the advent of the personal computer and the internet. Now his elementary school students show up with smartphones and are issued school laptops. In today’ interview he shares encouragement for parents, timely remi...
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August 9, 2022 42 min
There's lots of good information out there on tech. You can watch a documentary, read a book, or review the research. But often ingesting that information doesn't motivate change. Until today.

Today we focus on what we CAN do, wherever we are in our tech use and with whatever information we've got on us as of this morning.

We'll talk about what it looks like to RESET & RENEW. Then we'll apply those to our fami...
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August 2, 2022 43 min
There’s a really good chance your child has asked you to get them a smartphone. My first conversation was with my oldest child when he was in kindergarten. His classmate had one and used it to play games during the school day. Whatever age you child, this conversation is fraught with big emotions, a predictable “but everyone else has one” argument, and the difficulty as a parent of threading the needle between being intentional and...
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July 26, 2022 29 min
Should my child be on social media?

This question can feel loaded, but it doesn’t have to be. Social media conversations are fraught with strong opinions, a desire for belonging, and the parenting version of the boogieman: We don’t know everything ab out every app, and what we do know is often enough to make us lose the little sleep we get.

Today we're going to clarify that there is, in fact, a Biblical standard for social media...
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July 19, 2022 43 min
Pornography is real and it is hurting the minds of our children.

7/10 tweens and 8/10 teens will encounter nudity or content of a sexual nature online (Bark, January 2021). So what can we do? A lot! There is great hope for this conversation and very practical, loving steps we can take to help our children know what love is, what God says about their bodies and sex, and how to handle pornography when they run into it.
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July 12, 2022 34 min
There is a lot of new tech out there. As parents, we often ask: Should my child use _________ (insert new amazing device)?

To help us answer this question we often want data, research, and public opinion. Is it worth it? Should they have it? While this question spans the breadth of all tech, ranging from VR to e-readers, we’re going to focus today’s conversation specifically on video games.

The conversation is actually much simpler ...
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Welcome to Week #1 of the Gospel Tech Crash Course!

Each week this summer we’re going to address the most-asked questions from families, starting this week: Why do we need the Gospel in our tech conversations? The Gospel is more than just “good information”, it’s Good News, and in today’s conversation we’ll look at how that Good News changes even the way we use our tech.

Thanks for joining us, and welcome to the conversation!
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Over the last few weeks we’ve talked a lot about what we should do to have an intentional summer full of healthful fun and healthy tech. This week Anna and I talk about what these plans and fun look like in our own lives. As always, Anna brings the fire, and we get to walk out how this conversation isn’t about being perfect but being intentional with the time and opportunities we’re given.

We cover three points specifically:

1. At th...
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We are called to disciple our children in the way they should go, but how? Today we're going to address what discipleship looks like in a tech world, and how we can all do it starting wherever we are today.
Guiding verses today:
Deuteronomy 6:4-9: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.[fn] 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I c...
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This past week I received a message from a concerned parent: "How can I keep the internet safe for my children at home?" She shared that a family friend recently disclosed a long-running struggle with pornography, and she was overwhelmed both by the potential dangers online but also by the sheer volume of potential solutions. Which options are best? How many do we need? How much is "safe enough" to go online, and wh...
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June 7, 2022 39 min
We’ve been talking deeply about what it looks like to prep for summer, to live life intentionally in light of the Gospel, and today we’re going to talk about five ways to apply all that great info in our summer prep and plans. This is because today I’ve got five activities we can all do, immediately or in the future, to help us walk out this conversation on tech and keep it thoroughly rooted in the hope we have in Christ.
Some sweet...
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May 31, 2022 53 min
Today is a unique episode: I couldn’t fall asleep because this podcast was burning a hole in my brain. That’s never happened before. In fact, I had another conversation all queued up, and I bumped it to a future week. Today’s podcast is here as an encouragement, as a public sharing of the reminder I very much needed from the Lord, and that I get to share with you: That our faith in Christ doesn’t save us from hurt and pain, it actu...
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