Hi SUMites. Dineen is heading off to the conference, so I'm holding down the fort this week. I decided to take her posting day this Wednesday. Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown and I have a few words to share that I'm convinced the Father is whispering. It's a holy moment and I have a little assignment for you too that we are going to watch God move upon. See you Wednesday.
For today, if you are raising children..... NO! I mean, if you are in front of a screen.... WATCH this video.
The average American child, age eight to eighteen, spends more than seven hours a day looking at a video game, computer, cell phone, or television. By the age of seven, a child will have spent one
full year of twenty-four-hour days watching a media screen.
In this digital age, children seem to be interacting more with technology than with their parents or friends. Parents have to compete with digital entertainment to get their children to do simple tasks like homework,
eating meals together, exercising, or even engaging in conversation.
The same technology that has improved our lives has the potential, if unmonitored, to hinder children emotionally and intellectually, and create communication barriers. So how is a growing child supposed to
learn about relationships and responsibilities when the vast majority of their time is spent in front of a mobile device?
In Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World (Northfield Publishers), authors Dr. Gary Chapman (The Five Love Languages) and Arlene Pellicane remind parents that they, not technology, are still responsible for educating their children about having healthy and fulfilling relationships.
Technology is here to stay, and we believe you can find positive ways to utilize it for your
relationships. No doubt your child is going to use emails, texts, and smart phones as he grows
into an adult. (pg. 9)
Our great friend, Arelene, is offering a free copy to give away here at SUM. Leave a comment in the next 24 hours and that will enter your name in the drawing. Hugs, Lynn & Dineen.