Your Kid Wants a Smartphone, now what?

Smartphones aren’t just a fad like the latest TV show or social media app. One journalist believes that smartphones have, in fact, “revolutionized society.” While extreme, this statement might not be an exaggeration. The phone used to be a device whose main purpose was communication. Now, smartphones help us do just about anything: shop, socialize, read a book, do our devotions, take care of finances, date, and maintain our health, to name a few. They are shaping the world in unexpected ways. It’s easy to react out of fear of the challenges that smartphones present. It’s also easy simply to mimic the habits of those around us. Neither of those responses is healthy. Instead, we need to recognize the legitimate benefits and dangers of the smartphone and assess those within a biblical framework while teaching our “digital natives” to do the same.

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