Someone passed this on to me and it’s worth passing on to all (us) parents who are struggling though the maze of the smart phone battle. I had breakfast with a dad last Saturday that took away his son’s smartphone after finding some inappropriate things aboard that small, but powerful rectangular electronic wonder.
His son’s reaction? He became almost violent. His dad had to pull him off his mother as he was squeezing her, shaking and crying. Dad was shocked and described his son like an “addict.” The good news is that after a few weeks, his son detoxed and was glad not to have his dealer of all information and connections.
I’ve read that teens would rather have their car taken away than their cell phone. This black box is a portal into the universe of many “friends.” To go without is to commit social suicide.
May this incident above and the link to this video and article be another tool in your arsenal to help you communicate with your kids the importance of being in the here and now and developing real friendships. (How addicted are your kids?)
Hold them close mom and dad. They grow up fast. As they become teens, you will be defending other influences, but don’t give up the fight. “Impress these on your children.” (Deut. 6:5-8) Keep your relationship prominent and you will be their coach for life, when all others have faded into the dark abyss of empty and shallow relationships.
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- How much time do you think is too much to spend on your phone “connecting” with others?
- How much time to you spend with your “head down?” (i.e. on your phone?)
- What do you spend most of your time doing on your phone? Research? Posting photos? Reading friend updates?
- How many friends do you think you connect with during the week?
Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. Proverbs 13.20
- What characteristics do you look for in friend?
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
- What characteristics do people see in you that makes you a good friend?
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. Proverbs 17.17
- What do you think would happen to your social life if you didn’t have a phone?
- How many of your “friends” would you stay in touch with if your phone broke?
- Would you consider going to a flip phone? Why or why not?
- What might you be missing from spending time on the phone?
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