Media - With Your Kids

Kara Powell | Jun 8, 2011

One of the best parts about my job is all I get to learn myself as a parent. This particular study about media and technology was very convicting to me.

As a busy parent (it seems like those two words are redundant), I tend to use the little “screen time” my kids have as time to get some work done. If I was to give myself a grade for the amount of time I watch TV or do computer games with my kids, it would be pretty low.

Maybe I should re-think that habit, says a new study analyzing media habits of families with children ages 3-10. It encourages parents to participate WITH their kids in their technology use.

Interestingly, it also says that parents tend to think “other kids” are at risk for over-exposure to media, or exposure to toxic messages through the media. But not their own kids. By the way, that’s not unusual. Parents tend to under-estimate their own kids’ risk behaviors.

What do you (or parents you know) do to try to share with your kids in their media/technology?

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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