I recently heard a person on the radio remark that in this moment, right now, we are using the least-advanced technology we will know moving forward. It is hard to imagine what our technology will be capable of in ten years, but one thing is certain: it isn’t going away.
Our church recently hosted a public forum for our city called Life Through A Screen: The Benefits, Risks, and Wounds of the Internet. We live in a world of screens. Many of us use them daily for work and the rest of life too. Using technology in God-honoring and safe ways is a skill we must learn. We are the first generation to address the unique benefits and pitfalls of this technological age. Here are some helpful tools.
One of the forum speakers, Dr. Mark Pfuetze, shared a page he created with helpful resources. I’m incorporating resources from his list along with a few others:
Resources for Good Screen Health:
- The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place, by Andy Crouch, Baker Books, 2017.
- 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You, by Tony Reinke, Crossway, 2017.
- Rescuing Our Souls from Digital Captivity, Scott Sauls, Sermon from April 23, 2017.
- One Teenager’s Perspective on Social Media: an essay by Anne Florence Brown.
- Life Through a Screen: The Benefits, Risks, and Wounds of the Internet (Video) – A Christ Presbyterian Church Forum.
Online Filters for Computers and Mobile Devices:
- Covenant Eyes: Allows you to have your internet history ranked and sent to accountability partners of your own choosing.
- Net Nanny: A parental control site.
- How to Talk to Your Kids About Pornography: resource from Covenant Eyes.
- Fight the New Drug: A website and group dedicated to raising awareness on the harmful effects of pornography through creative mediums. This site discusses how pornography affects the brain, the heart, and the world.
- 250 + Stats and Facts about Pornography: A free resource rom Covenant Eyes.
- Resources for Women Who Struggle with Pornography: Another resource page from Covenant Eyes.
- Porn Harms – Research: A collection of peer-reviewed research articles on the harmful effects of pornography.
Need Help? Counseling Resources:
- Restoring the Soul: Intensive counseling for individuals and couples dealing with pornography addiction.
- Get help overcoming a pornography addiction.
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