TECHNOLOGY A NEW CHALLENGE FOR PARENTS 03/09/2010


By Moody Adams
Samantha Flaxington provided their daughter with a cell phone in the fifth grade. It helped them stay in touch with her. Five years later her grades went south as she became obsessed with Facebook and her laptop.

When her texting exceeded 2,000 messages a day, her parents stopped it between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Their teenage daughter went crazy and didn’t speak to her mother for three days, went to breaking things and accused her mother of making her a leper.

“Smart phones, MP3 players, laptops and other devices are the air kids breathe -- perhaps too deeply, judging from a new study that shows children ages 8 to 18 devote an average of seven hours and 38 minutes a day consuming some form of media for fun,” reports MIT Technology Review. “That's an hour and 17 minutes more than they did five years ago, said the study's sponsor, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

Technology is consuming all the time children used to spend playing games and this results in 50% being obese.

It is consuming the time they use to spend interacting with each other and this results in them never developing social skills, losing friends and divorcing later in life.

Computer games are proving they lead to violence, making more criminals.

Technology leaves the children with no time to study the Bible or pray, thus lowering their morals.

Colossians 3:20 says, “Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.’

Parents number one duty to their children is to teach them to “obey.” If children are not extremely obedient, parents have abused the child and failed the Lord.


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