Managing Your Family’s Tech Habits

May 23, 2017

This week, we discuss managing your family’s tech habits. As smartphone use has grown in the past few years, more and more families are fighting the negative effects of technology on their time. While computers and smartphones are valuable in many ways, we need to make sure we are modeling healthy tech habits to our children.

We share a couple of extreme phone addiction cases, as well as some of our personal habits and struggles. We each use apps & tools that help us organize our lives. But there is always a danger in good things becoming idols. How can we balance smartphone use and guard against our phones becoming an idol? We have a few practical suggestions.

Mark talks about the students in his college classroom and some of their tech habits. He requires students to keep their devices put away and asks them to take notes on paper. Many of the students find that they learn more from writing notes and listening without distraction.

We also recommend a few books we’ve been reading that address the topic of personal and family tech habits. If you have any phone stories or tips for managing your family’s tech habits, we’d love to hear to hear them!


Managing Your Family's Tech Habits | Episode 37 | CongreGate Podcast

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Links and Recommendations:

12 Ways Your Smartphone is Changing You – by Tony Reinke

The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in It’s Proper Place – by Andy Crouch

This is Our Time: Everyday Myths in Light of the Gospel – by Trevin Wax

Colin Hansen interviews Andy Crouch about The Tech-Wise Family


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2 comments on “Managing Your Family’s Tech Habits

  1. Stephen Howe May 24, 2017

    Like the show. I liked last week’s too but kept forgetting to tell ya. 🙂
    Todd @ Familyman has done some shows on tech too. Nobody in our house has a smart phone. I have a kinda-smart phone with Tracfone service. It supports apps but nobody can figure out how to add any (it’s not Anrdoid, Apple, or Microsoft), but it takes pictures & texts. Just found out two weeks ago we can transfer the pictures from the phone to the Kindle Fire’s via Blutooth & we’ve had that phone for two years. 🙂

    We do have tablets though. My wife and I have a 8″ Kindle Fire, the two youngest use a 7″ Kindle Fire for education-type stuff, and our 16 year old has an iPod. The iPod is mostly used for music (web browser is disabled on it) but I’ve found myself using the tablet more and more vs my computer. That’s good and bad. Good because the computer is in the basement and then I’m away from everyone. Bad because when I’m upstairs with the tablet I’m checking my e-mail & twitter more often. 🙁 Something to overcome I guess, eh? 🙂