Digital Dangers

Technological developments encourage advancement or expose depravity. Acknowledge the digital dangers and resolve to alter your habits so you can be as closely aligned with God as possible.

SHIFTS

What technological shifts have occurred in recent generations?

  • Fireplace to Furnace – We have multiple devices separating families and isolating entertainment.
  • Independence to Postponement – Young people delay societal milestones for the ease of electronic pseudo-community.
  • Community to Isolation – Our society is more comfortable with online interaction than direct communication.
  • Limited to Unlimited – We have more options for mediums of media than we used to have for media in general.
  • Occasional to Instant – Our impatience grows as we demand instant gratification, which has been trained by the autoplay features on our devices.
  • Pursuing to Pursued – There is no need to seek out immoral material because it comes looking for us.
  • Wisdom to Wiki – We rebel against the notion of authoritative truth because we have been conditioned to search our questions with editable, crowdsourced answers. 

SCRIPTURE

What does God’s Word say about digital dangers?

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

  • If you are unsure of your life’s goal, you’ll be unable to identify if you’ve arrived at it (9:24).
  • A thriving disciple will know what to pursue and what to avoid (9:25).
  • We require a worthwhile motivation before we show a willingness to make a change (9:26).
  • We will control our habits, or our habits will control us (9:27). 

SYMPTOMS

How can you tell if a device has become dangerous?

  • Inseparable – How often is a person connected to a device and uncomfortable if separated?
  • Irritable – How incensed does the person get if questioned or challenged about the usage of a device?
  • Irresponsible – How does the usage affect responsibilities, relationships, and rest?
  • Insulation – How defensive is someone to have a loved one meander on a personal device?

The wicked prowl all around, and what is worthless is exalted by the human race (Ps. 12:8).

STRATEGY

How will you make changes in your life and home?

  • Acknowledgment – Stop believing the lie that technological addiction couldn’t be an issue in your home.
  • Evaluation – Take the technological log out of your eye before you complain about the speck in another family member’s eye.
  • Assessment – Perform an honest household assessment no matter how overwhelming the process.
  • Research – Discover relevant options to filter, block, or report dangerous activity.
  • Prayer – Ask God to guide you with wisdom as you change your practices and your family’s habits.
  • Agreement – If married, ensure that you and your spouse have an agreed-upon unified front.
  • Discussion – To reduce the shock, ensure you explain the reasons behind any change in rules.
  • Implementation – Love your family enough to do the hard things for the sake of their souls.
  • Endurance – Do not surrender to cultural norms or peer pressure regarding how to lead your family.
  • Monitor – Realize that today’s strategies will not combat tomorrow’s opportunities.

TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES

Digital Dangers

Technological developments encourage advancement or expose depravity. Acknowledge the digital dangers and resolve to alter your habits so you can be as closely aligned with God as possible.

Reclaiming Your Contentment

We all know the dangers of using social media too much, but a subtle yet significant threat is how the usage attacks our contentment as we are barraged with seeing the glamorous looks and expensive items of our friends and advertisements. It’s time to go the second mile in reclaiming your contentment.

Protection Against the Dangers of Technology

We know that screens are very present in our world, but how can we ensure they don’t control us or those we love? Discover how you can protect yourself and your family against the dangers of technology.

Inspecting Your Approvals

Whether or not we realize it, we are addicted to affirmation. So much of what we do is attempting to draw the attention of others. Social media gives us an unhealthy opportunity to be fulfilled simply by the number of interactions we receive. It’s time to go the second mile in inspecting your approvals.

Reorganizing Your Device

Our phones are often like a junk drawer in your house. You consistently put more in there and rarely take anything out. If you are serious about setting healthy limits regarding technology, you will have to make some intentional changes. It’s time to go the second mile in reorganizing your device. 

Reevaluating Your Filters

Technology opens a door to helpful content and dangerous opportunities. While you may have the best of intentions, are you doing everything you can to protect yourself and your family against the dangers of online material? Do you have a plan to combat it? It’s time to go the second mile in reevaluating your filters.