A report released by Common Sense Media last year shows that kids are spending a lot of time in front of screens. Children under the age of 8 spend a little more than two hours a day watching TV or videos. Kids 8-12 years of age spend more than 4.5 hours using screen media. My kids (ages 8 and 4) definitely crave the screen time and we have to guard against its overuse. I think we can all agree that most children could stand to spend more time in active play!
The effects of screen time on our kids is not just physical. There are emotional and spiritual effects as well. Just like the old saying: put bad in, get bad out; put good in, get good out. What we take in matters. Our kids are sponges, absorbing what they see and hear.
I'm not here to say that everything our kids digest on screen media is bad. There are some great educational – and biblical – resources out there. But if we want to see our kids flourish and be who God wants them to be, we have to make the effort to use what little time we have to impress upon them certain biblical truths. That may mean changing our habits in the home, reducing their time on TV or tablets, and being more deliberate in talking “about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 6:7).
Here are 10 essential biblical truths our children should know… and they should hear from us as parents.
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