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Resources to help parents control what kids watch, play, and do online. Every family has different boundaries on media content and screen time for kids. Regardless of where you set your boundaries, we’ve got resources to help you do it.
As parents, it’s hard to draw the lines regarding what tv shows, movies, video games, or apps we allow. I’m not here to tell you where to draw those lines today. (Let’s have that discussion another time, I’d love to know how you make those decisions).
For today, let’s agree that being intentional in setting boundaries matters. Because honestly, if you’re not…well, you’re choosing open your child up to anything. And that’s not cool. Or responsible. Or loving.
This boundary setting is an ongoing process. Clearly as our kids get older the boundaries change. And by the time they are older teenagers, our job is more in apprenticing them in how they can set God-pleasing boundaries for themselves as adults.
At every stage, however, we need tools that can help us to know which media is a yes, let’s watch, which is when you’re older, and which is our worldview prohibits this.
Resources for Parents
I read recently that if we are not actively putting protections in place to shield our children from seeing pornography, we might as well be handing it to them ourselves. I wholeheartedly agree.
It is naive and irresponsible to assume that our kids are immune to this pervasive evil.
Click here to read about how to protect your family online, and why you need to (pretty amazing statistics on this topic).
Want to watch movies with your kids, but wish they didn’t have that one inappropriate scene, or words? Vidangel is an amazing tool you can use to decide exactly what content you want to filter. Click here to read more about Vidangel, and learn how to use it.
Teaching your teens how to be responsible on social media could save them a lot of embarrassment and trouble. Talk about it. Even if they roll their eyes and sigh. Click here to read more about responsible social media tips.
For the most comprehensive list of tools (with links), this article that I wrote for the iHomeschool Network is what you need.
Links to sites to check content in movies, tv shows, video games, apps and more. (A word about checking content in movies… it literally takes less than 5 minutes, don’t put your trust in the rating system and skip this step. Please.)
Don’t let the title of the article fool you. It may have been written for homeschoolers, but the information is pertinent to every single parent. Click here to read this list of amazingly useful resources that you’ll use again and again.
Set the Boundaries
So set the boundaries wherever you feel is right. But set them. Please oh please oh please…set them.
With the onslaught of media that our kids are faced with, our job is twofold. First, we must protect them. If not us, who? And second, we must not drop the ball in the teenage years. Now’s the time to teach them how Christian adults make these decisions. It’s our job to instill a Biblical worldview in our children so that they will not be deceived.
This is tough stuff with big consequences, and it can be hard to know where to draw the lines. Instead of getting overwhelmed– pray, talk to more seasoned parents, and then pray some more. And I’m praying for you too that God would give you discernment in this important area.
What are some of your favorite tools for setting boundaries on media content and screen time for kids?