Unplugging Your Family from Technology

Kara Powell | Jan 25, 2011

A colleague at Fuller sent me this article about the Mausharts, a family that unplugged from technology for 6 months. When their kids needed to use a computer for school, they went to the library.

Here’s one of the most interesting sentences in the article: “Maushart decided to unplug the family because the kids ages 14, 15 and 18 when she started The Experiment didn’t just ‘use media,’ as she put it. They ‘inhabited’ media.”

Maushart intended to write a book about this “experiment,” and part of how her kids were cajoled into doing it is because they were promised part of the proceeds for the book.

Six months is a LLLOOOONNNNGGGG time.

What about six days?

Or even six hours? Could your family go six hours without media?

It’s a good discipline for us all to try. As adults, our modeling of the way we use/inhabit technology cannot be underestimated.

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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