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What are your kids plugged into? By Arlene Pellicane

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All technology is not created equal for your children.

Playing a video game rated for everyone is a lot different than a video game intended for mature audiences (17+).

Listening to an audio version of the Bible is much different from watching what’s most popular on Netflix.

Yes, it’s important to limit the amount of time your child spends with screens, but perhaps it’s even more important to consider what your kids are plugged into. What are they watching? What are they allowing to take space in their minds and hearts?

The television of yesteryear allowed parents to easily see what was being watched by the family. But now, kids can watch shows on something as tiny as a smartphone. In this age of technology, parents must be proactive and prayerful to learn what programs are being watched by their kids.

When your child has access to a television or the Internet, a whole world of inappropriate content is waiting to be consumed. I have watched previews for PG-13 movies and have been shocked by the violence or sexuality. I’m thinking, “If I’m in my forties and I’m scared to watch that, what in the world is a tween watching these movies?”

When you are deciding what kind of content is appropriate for your child to watch, there are general guidelines every family can use. Here are four questions you can ask to decide whether or not it is wise for your child to view a particular show, movie, or video game:

What factual data is my child learning from this program? If there is factual data, is it correct? You want your child’s mind to be filled with truth. If the program communicates a distorted vision of reality instead of how life works in the real world, you don’t want your child watching. You want your child to be exposed to things that are true, not false.

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