Everywhere we go, today, we see people looking at their phone. There are few sacred spaces into which phones are not allowed. Even in classrooms, children and young adults have their phones. We have to wonder if this is healthy. According to NPR News, The American Academy of Pediatrics, in 2016 lifted is No Screens Under Two rule, stating “For babies younger than 18 months, AAP still says no screens at all are the best idea — with one notable exception: live video chat.” For children ages 18 to 24 months, studies “have actually shown poorer language skills correlated with earlier solo viewing of "educational" videos.” They recommend that parents view the educational videos and programs with their children to help them understand what they are viewing. For children ages 2 to 5 years old, the AAP recommends no more than an hour a day of screen time.
We have studies that cite screen time as having a negative impact on language development, in young children, but we don’t know the effects on older children or adults. Marshall McLuhan, Director of the Institute of Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto said, “we become what we behold...we shape our tools and afterwards our tools shape us” This quote really makes me think about the unknown effects of the devices we behold for multiple hours each day. 1 Corinthians 10:31 advises, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Are we using our phones in ways that will glorify God the Father? Are we teaching our children to do the same? Before posting, we should ask ourselves:
(Did I mention that you can set screen time limits? Yep, you can set your phone to lock you out of certain applications once your preset time limit has been reached each day. You’re welcome! :-)
~Matthew 6:22-23 ESV
The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
~Proverbs 29:20 NIV
Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them.
~Proverbs 10:19 NLT
Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.
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1/20/2019 11:06:34 am
Interesting you should write about this. I had just seen my screen time about 2 min before. I was surprised that I had more than 3 hours as my average. I am planning to work on this. Thanks for sharing.
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I am a wife, mother, educator, and author who, between other duties, enjoys writing. My name is actually Kimberly Griffith Massey. In this blog, I will share some sighting of God's light each week.
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Heather G. Rollings, 2017
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