Technology Tuesday: iPhone Tricks to Help You (and Protect Your Smart-Phone Using Child)

Just last week, our wise friend, Dr. Katherine Koonce, came to speak to our staff at Daystar on Technology and it’s effect on kids today.  Katherine is the Academic Dean at a local school we love, Christ Presbyterian Academy.  She’s a woman we love to laugh with and learn from.

We wanted to share a few of Katherine’s tips with you.  One is her brilliant phrase, teenagers today “self-reveal before they self-reflect.”  This is a great phrase to discuss with your child—any child who is old enough or has the capability to self-reveal online.  Talk to them about what it would look like to pause—and THINK before they post, whether it’s a picture, a tweet, a video, or even an emoji.  Just a one second pause, Katherine asserts, and we agree, can make all the difference...

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Technology Tuesday: 5 Ideas for Cell Phone Carrying Kids

Using technology in our schools, and kids bringing technology on to campus, translates to the need for schools to develop a Responsible Use Policy (RUP) - basically, what’s ok, what’s not ok when it comes to technology and being a student.   I wish every household had an RUP like schools do - a short, basic contract outlining how technology is used responsibly and the consequences for using it irresponsibly.  

We talk often in our parenting classes about the importance of contracts with kids that outline the terms clearly and keep us from having to talk, lecture, nag and remind when it comes to technology.  Check out our previous blog with some sample contracts you can customize to fit your family’s needs.

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