Hack-Proofing Children’s Brains

9 10 2018

We all know the panic and fear that strikes when we suddenly realize our computer has been hacked.

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The first indication might be when we notice important documents are missing. That’s when we discover a hidden virus has been corrupting our files. Someone has gained control of our operating system! We worry about personal information being stolen and immediately take action to stop the attack.

But what about protecting young minds as vigorously as we protect our technology?

The alarming truth is that children’s brains can and are being hacked by social media, music, and TV.

Society is teaching children how to view the world. Computer games, commercials, and movies infiltrate young minds, creating an unbiblical worldview. An overemphasis is placed on self and self-gratification. Valued above all else are things like fame and popularity, outer beauty, and material possessions.

Society is relentless in preaching its worldview—how people should think about and respond to their world.

Even five- and six-year-olds will develop a worldview. It is critical for us to provide them with a biblical viewpoint—a viewpoint based on Truths contained in Scripture. Such a viewpoint will provide a set of beliefs that will enable young children to make sense of themselves and the world around them.

Protecting young minds demands a strong offense. We need to be proactive in training children how to think biblically—to make sense of their world by using Truths contained in the Bible. Helping children build a biblical worldview teaches them to perceive the world through Scripture. But can this be done in the context of running errands, checking homework, mediating disputes, serving meals, cleaning clutter, and—well, in the context of life?

Yes! We can begin by helping young children understand that God is real and He cares about them.

Sing the song “My God is So Big” with your child and try doing the sign language in this Youtube I posted.

“My God is So big.” Youtube link:

https://youtu.be/e3hiqzck60w

Questions: Has God revealed Himself to your young child? Has He helped your child with a big problem?

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Lessons for Life…Thinking with Eternity in Mind

20 06 2015

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Raising a child means preparing them for… How would you finish that statement?

Parents teach toddlers how to walk, talk, and dress. They show their young children how to play sports, do homework, and behave.

We want them to be happy and healthy. To have successful careers. And become responsible citizens.

Most of all, we care about how they interact with others and that they contribute to society. Efforts are made to improve their self-esteem and to build their character.

Should we be doing more? Can we teach children how to think—to develop Christ-like thinking and to have a biblical worldview? Is it ever too early to start teaching a child to have a biblical worldview?

What in the world is a biblical worldview? I recently attended a conference on Biblical Integration hosted by Cairn University. Information shared at that conference helped me create two documents (below). They may be helpful to you as you raise a child to have a biblical worldview.

One document summarizes information on a chart. The other longer document provides more details. It includes specific examples, strategies, and bible verses presented in ‘kid language’ in the Easy-to-Read Version (ERV).

Click on the document(s) that interests you.

  1. Biblical.Worldview.4.kids.chart
  2. Biblical.Worldview.4.parents (detailed information)

Here are two other resources that may help you in your endeavor to disciple you child:

  1. Bible Verses for young children-behavior
  2. Laying the Foundation with music’ (A Powerpoint presentation I created based Robert Fulghum’s book All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten. Bible verses support the concepts contained in the presentation.)