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Parenting the Connected Generation

Parenting the Connected Generation. A battle we can’t afford to lose. The Battle is for Our Hearts. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and with all your strength. Deut 6:5 Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Luke 12:34

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Parenting the Connected Generation

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  1. Parenting the Connected Generation A battle we can’t afford to lose

  2. The Battle is for Our Hearts • Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and with all your strength. Deut 6:5 • Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Luke 12:34 • Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Prov 3:5 • For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. 2 Chron 16:9

  3. Family Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ 1 Thes 5:23 Body And He said to him, “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and with all your mind Matt 22:37 Mind Heart Friends Community Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life Prov 4:23 Ministry The Heart is Central

  4. What You Believe* • 9 of 10 young people believe in the existence of God • Three-quarters believe: • The devil does not exist • Good works will get you into heaven • Two-thirds believe: • Praying to deceased saints can help your life • The Bible discourages sin but never describes it as part of our nature • Half or more believe: • There are no absolute standards for morals and ethics • When Jesus Christ lived on earth He committed sins *Transforming Children Into Spiritual Champions by George Barna

  5. Why Is This So Important* • Teenagers base their decisions on their feelings • Two-thirds say they will not change their core beliefs in the future • What you believe now is what you will believe when you grow up *Transforming Children Into Spiritual Champions by George Barna

  6. Technology Trends Globally, there are over 500 million 15 to 19 year olds and they spend $100 billion per year! • Apple Computer has sold 42 million Ipods with 14 million of those being sold during last Christmas • 80 million MySpace users and 270,000 more joining per day • 164 million cell phones were sold in the 2nd quarter of 2004 alone. Conservative estimates are that by 2008, more than 380 million camera phones will have been sold worldwide. • There will be an estimated 100,000 “hotspots” globally by the end of 2005. 34 percent of Americans chose the Internet as the most "cool and exciting" medium -- 1 percent less than television. The numbers were much higher among 12 to 34-year-olds, however: 46 percent voted the Internet as the "most essential" medium to their lives, while 29 percent picked TV.

  7. TV PDA/ Phone Movies PC Digital Conversion Music Video Player Games Music Player Fashion Publishing The Impulse Economy The Real World Time bound Static Expensive Location specific Dumb device The Virtual World Time shifted Fluid Cheap Location independent Smart device

  8. What are You Doing Will All That Technology? • IMing • Blogging • Browsing • Gaming • Gaming Consoles • File Swapping

  9. Why is Your Cell Phone Bill so High? • Text messaging • It has its own language • Ring tones $3.5 billion • Camera phones sending pictures to MySpace LOL Laugh out loud AFAIK As far as I know POTS Parents over the shoulder :-) Happy :-/ Skeptical {:-) Toupee

  10. What you don’t know can hurt you • Public chat rooms • Pedophile’s hunting ground • No control on who is there or what they are talking about • MySpace, Xanga, LiveJournal • Inappropriate material for anyone 17 and under • Browsing • Pornography is all over

  11. Games • Some disturbing examples • Grand Theft Auto by Rockstar (#1 selling game) • Players are pimps • Have sex with prostitutes and then kill them • Recent revelation that explicit sex scenes available through special codes • 70% of teenage males have played the game • BMX XXX • Players select hooker to transport (dead or alive) • Extreme Beach Volleyball • Top-heavy girls in bikinis playing beach volleyball • Playboy’s The Mansion • Direct photo shoots • Choose characteristics of the models

  12. Fashion • Heavy sexual orientation • French Connection United Kingdom • Placed perfume ads in Cosmo Girl and Teen People showing underwear clad couple with the tag line “Scent to Bed” • Bongo jeans • Ads in Seventeen and Teen People featuring model in a see-through fishnet halter • Buffalo jeans • Ads in teen publications show a model with spread legs, thigh-high stiletto heeled boots with pants unbuttoned exposing her underwear and her thumb tugging down the jeans

  13. Magazines • Mainstream Women’s Magazines • Cosmo • Sizzling Sex Tips: End Your Summer with a Bang! • Guys Uncensored: You Won't Believe the Dirty Thoughts Dudes Have • Glamour • 10 secret signs he'll be good in bed • Rescue me, Glamour!: He wants to do what? Get advice from Glamour's what-should-I-do guru Irma Kurtz. • Men’s magazines lowering the bar to porn • Maxim • FHM • Stuff

  14. Television • Prime Time offerings • Will & Grace—Gay man, gay friend, straight women constant sexual references • Friends—Young single friends sleeping with each other, getting pregnant out of wedlock and lesbian couples raising babies • Desperate Housewives—No explanation necessary • Minimally edited episodes of Sex in the City • Cable worse, not better

  15. Birth Death Hugs Laughter LOVE Unstructured Time Notes Prayer Kisses Dinner Friends Limits LAW Curfew Technology Birth Departure Parenting Over Time But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. I Cor 13:8 My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord or loath His reproof, for whom the Lord loves He reproves, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights. Prov 3:11-12

  16. Birth Death Creation Nature LOVE Relationship Heaven Holy Spirit The Cross Resurrection Food Sacrifice LAW Circumcise Sabbath Adam The Cross Jesus Over Time For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom 8:38-39 What’s Your Path? For the law made nothing perfect, on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God. Heb 7:19

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