A resource for parents who are feeling outpaced and overwhelmed as they raise children in a tech world.
Our goal: Equip parents with the tools, resources, and confidence they need to raise kids who love God and use tech.
63. Are Video Games Addictive?
We need to understand this conversation in order to apply the Gospel to this area of our tech. We need to understand:
what we mean by addiction
what make video games unique from other activities
what we can do with this info to help us raise healthy youth in a tech world
Here are the resources referenced in this episode:
intro of Animal Crossing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AkEFot5UF0
Epic Games (Fortnite) UX researcher, Ben Lewis-Evans, talks rewards, feedback, and video game engagement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjHl8Vrfrfk&list=WL&index=1
RESET: https://www.gospeltech.net/how-do-i-know-if-my-childs-tech-use-is-healthy/ and there is also a podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gospel-tech/id1498508882?i=1000504369124
Podcast episodes referenced in this episode:
Analog adventures: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gospel-tech/id1498508882?i=1000465922282
Books - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gospel-tech/id1498508882?i=1000500046640
Board games - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gospel-tech/id1498508882?i=1000498958510
How to reclaim healthy tech
kids and smartphones: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gospel-tech/id1498508882?i=1000516915359
social media: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gospel-tech/id1498508882?i=1000514056394
62. When Should My Child Get A Smartphone?
Today's podcast is dedicated to answering a listener-submitted question (Thank you amazing listeners!), and it also happens to be one of the more common questions we hear from parents: When should my child get a smartphone?
This conversation is foundational to applying the Gospel to our daily tech lives and we'll tackle it in three parts:
1) the big picture around smartphones
2) weighing the upsides
3) engaging this conversation within your home
Gospel Tech resources including the game review resource: https://www.gospeltech.net/resources/
The online workshop to help your family build a tech framework: gospeltechworkshop.com
For online accountability we strongly suggest Covenant Eyes with Android smartphones and home computers: https://www.covenanteyes.com
For an additional layer Circle is a great resource to help maintain safe wifi access at home: https://meetcircle.com/app/
61. What Do We Do With Tech Prodigals?
We talk a lot on this podcast about how we can intentionally raise healthy youth in a tech world. We talk a lot about the Gospel and how it empowers our actions, but what about when our child makes poor choices on purpose? What if we've done all the right stuff and they simply refuse to go along with it?
Today's conversation is dedicated to the reality that sometimes our children are prodigals: They make bad decisions on purpose. They do so openly, and they are not sorry or repentant. Join us today as we dive into how we can process this as parents and should, and shouldn't, do when trying to love a tech prodigal.
note: Nathan tried to mix his enthusiasm for this topic with using big words. Please forgive his misuse of the word "glut" at 9:38. He meant deficit.
60. The Art of the Dumb Phone: An interview with Chris Kaspar of Techless
Modern life often requires we adopt digital tech, but some tech has been slow to drop the Drool tech and enhance the Tool tech. Today we talk with Chris Kaspar, founder of Techless and the Wisephone—a phone for those who want a phone, pure and simple.
Chris talks to us about his experiences in the tech industry, what inspired his creation of Wisephone, and how we as loving parents can use tech such as this to encourage and support healthy tech in our lives as well as the lives of our kids.
The Techless Website
article: The Dangerous Riches of Our Smart Phones
59. How Should The Gospel Impact Our Social Media?
When we go online we need to act out of the truth of the Gospel. The Gospel transforms us, it changes who we are, what we want, and why we want it. So when we go online, the same is true.
Today we walk through how the Gospel changes our social media use. We’ll base our discussion out of Matthew 22:35-40 and look at what it can mean for us to truly love God and love our neighbors in this online, digital world.
58. "You Love Your Tech More Than You Love Me".
We need to learn how to talk about tech, especially in our marriages. Today we talk about lessons we learned from a reason tech-instigated kerfuffle and how we can all apply these lessons to strengthen our resolve to truly love one another as God has called us to, and use tech in the process.
What do I do with my kids and technology?
Thank so much Anna and Nathan for putting this resource to help us understand what tech is doing with our brains and how to set up great guard rails.
Gospel Tech fills a much needed void in the world of faith and tech
Gospel Tech has been like a refreshing glass of water in the desert of podcasts. Nathan always delivers a clear and organized idea in each episode, and always points us and our family to Jesus. I have been so encouraged to pursue the hearts of my children and make sure that we are seeking to expose the light of the gospel to them.
Such necessary encouragement in these times when navigating tech/online usage can be challenging — most of all Nathan is not condemning in his approach but hopeful and encouraging to parents (and grandparents too!)