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Navigating the Media Maze

Home >> Jays' Parenting Resource >> Nov. 21, 2011

Do you have a filter yet? That was one of the many questions we asked and addressed yesterday at our Parent Resource Workshop. The topic was "Navigating The Media Maze- Helping Teens Make Wise Media Choices." The discussion centered around some strategies to help our children make good if not better, media choices. It was a great afternoon and i wanted to share a few of the highlights in case you missed it!

With the help of Walt Mueller and his book Youth Culture 101, Walt offers parents 6 guidelines when trying to help teens develop a "filter" for the media and media messages:

  • Guideline 1: Focus on the message and not how it is delivered.
  • Guideline 2: Teach teens how to evaluate everything they see and hear- biblically.
  • Guideline 3: Avoid extremes such as "run for your life!" and "I didnt hear anything bad, did you?"
  • Guideline 4: Examine yourself and your own guidelines that you are modeling for your kids.
  • Guideline 5: Be proactive and listen and watch with them.
  • Guideline 6: Have patience.

For those of you desiring more information and resources to equip and educate you about teen culture and technology, be sure to "like" our parent ministry facebook page by clicking the "like" button below.

Our next Parent Workshop will be in January.

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