Are your children learning from you concerning technology use?
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  Keeping Technology in check!

If your children (or grandchildren) are like many of their peers, entertainment and technology—television, computers, smartphones, etc.—are big parts of their daily life. While these devices have their positive uses, they can also have a negative impact on your family.

Setting healthy limits—and sticking to them—can pay great dividends. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than one or two hours of electronic entertainment time per day for children, and no screen-based media at all for little ones under two years of age.

Of course, as in most areas of life, children will learn best from your example. If you are perpetually tethered to your tablet or constantly checking emails or texts, you can't really expect your kids to behave differently. Regardless of age, technology isn't a right—it's a privilege that involves responsibility.

With that in mind, it's a good idea to have a family discussion about the problems associated with extended and unfiltered use of digital technology. Those issues can range from the spiritual and personal dangers that lurk in the not-so-hidden corners of the internet, all the way to the increased incidence of obesity that accompanies prolonged screen time combined with reduced physical activity.

Most importantly, talk with your kids about the biblical values that guide media and technology use in your home. When positive expectations and goals are communicated to children, they can aspire to great things.
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