Talking to Children & Teenagers About the Internet

Kara Powell | Oct 19, 2011

Many of the questions we at the Fuller Youth Institute receive most frequently swirl around technology. Both leaders and parents are wondering how to help children and teenagers navigate technology.

Even though my husband and I are pretty cautious on our own kids’ exposure to technology, we are astounded by how much they are exposed to, and how they gravitate toward it. Every parent needs to think through their philosophy (not to mention theology) about their family’s use of technology.

And we need to talk with our kids about it.

That’s why I was so grateful when through HomeWord, I learned about this conversation starter guide for parents of kids of all ages. You can click on different developmentally appropriate questions that make sense for you to discuss with your preschooler or teenager (or any child in between).

I’ll admit these discussion questions aren’t exhaustive, and they aren’t the deepest questions I can think of, but they can help get the discussion ball rolling for families. If you have other ideas to help parents and kids talk about technology use, please send them our way!

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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