Teens and technology


Those of us with teens in our houses know how attune they are to the latest techno-gadgets.They prefer texting to talking to their buddies.

As a result, the latest phone or PDA can carry more status for this generation than a Mustang convertible did for mine. But like a speedy car, new phones have an element of danger not always recognized by those yet to acknowledge their mortality.

So it means parents must bring a measure of caution and knowledge to the use and potential abuses of ever-increasing communication technology.

Dwayne Hastings of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, SBC, provides some helpful advice in this article from Baptist Press.

Hastings notes: “The latest generation of cell phones offers an expanded array of features — some which may put your teenager at risk. New wireless technology allows users to download digital video content and other material directly from the Internet to wireless hand-held devices such as the feature-rich cell phones and iPods.”

Being alarmists who fear or reject technological advances makes no sense. But being informed and cautious about our teens’ choices certainly does.

3 Comments

  1. What’s so wrong with allowing teens a little freedom in life? I’m sure glad Papa doesn’t limit my freedom.

  2. I agree that teens need to be taught to make wise choices and should be made aware of the possible dangers in our world. I also think they must be given the freedom to make these choices–which means they, like us, will sometimes fail. It’s part of growing up, whether you’re 16 or 86. My girls are still preschoolers, and I admit I’m wary of what the next 15 years will bring for them. Who can predict what the world will be like when they’re teens? I firmly believe that establishing open, honest lines of communication right now is part of building a strong foundation. Would you agree? How has your experience been?

    –Kelley

  3. I claim no expertise in this area — and am cautious of those who do so.
    But it seems that many blanket rules don’t apply very well when it comes to parenting.
    For example, I refuse to be critical of anyone else’s decision about school choice (public, private, homeschooling, whatever).
    In most every situation it seems that parents must determine what they feel is best for that particular child in that particular situation.

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