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The kids you minister to are being called “digital natives” by psychologists. They will never know a world that isn’t ruled by screens, social media, and online content. The culture is quickly outgrowing parents, and their children are right in the middle of it. In order to successfully minister to the families in your church, you have to become an Internet safety resource for them. This article provides steps you can take to become a tech and media expert for the parents of the children in your kids’ ministry.
As a children's pastor and a tech lover, one of my favorite things to do is to help parents navigate the dangers of raising children in a digital world. These dangers are obvious: exposure to inappropriate material, access to strangers, and even bullying by their peers. We, as pastors, need to make sure that parents are aware of these dangers and also are equipped to deal with them as they arise.
Look, technology has made life more fun and interesting. Remember how boring it used to be at the DMV? Not anymore—my clan will crush yours any day! We are plugged in all the time, and so are our kids. There’s no reason to hide from it or run away from it or even be scared. Because just like anything, you learn what it is, how it functions, the good, and the bad.