For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Titus 2: 11-14
I am at the National SCL Conference and just participated in an session led by Ken Myers. He is the host and producer of the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal, a bimonthly audio magazine that examines issues in contemporary culture from a framework shaped by Christian conviction. Rather than post what I had been working on all week, I decided to share instead some vital recourses about technology in the life of students, the topic Mr. Myers addressed passionately.
Scientists are growing increasingly alarmed about how today’s undisciplined media habits are contributing to a decline in attention and comprehension skills, in linear thinking and even changing the very shape of the brain. Affected also is the development of self control because it is closely linked to our ability to attend to what is important and good as well as ignore what is unimportant and harmful. What a frightening thought that in our media driven culture, we may be losing vital skills without which we cannot properly grow and learn.
I urge you to get informed about this extremely important topic. Ken Myers has compiled a list of resources about the leading research on how technology is shaping habits of the mind and heart. Two Frontline documentaries are available for free online. Due to the nature of the content, I recommend that you review these alone first to determine if they are age appropriate for your kids. (I have not watched them yet and am merely passing along a recommendation by Ken Myers)
As parents, we need to be aware of how technology is changing relationships and our entire culture. We must unite together in limiting media exposure for our kids and create healthy alternatives instead. I look forward to hearing your feedback on these resources!
Resources recommended by Ken Myers
“Growing up Online”: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/kidsonline/
“Digital Nation”: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/
Reports from Alliance for Childhood: ( go to the Alliance for Childhood website)
- Tech Tonic: Toward a New Literacy of Technology
- Fool’s Gold: A Critical Look at Computers in Childhood
Essays at www.thenewatlantis.com
- “Virtual Friendship and the New Narcissism” by Christine Rosen (on Facebook)
- “People of the Screen” by Christine Rosen (on reading)
- “Playgrounds of the Self” by Christine Rosen (on video games)