We are living in the second decade of the digital revolution, a revolution that is proving even more momentous and world-changing than the Industrial Revolution. The personal computer and the Internet have transformed the way we and our children study, play, socialize, shop, learn, and even apply for jobs. If you are a parent, teacher, or pastor, you probably feel overwhelmed by the size and speed of the changes. There are many wonderful new opportunities, but also many dangers. In God’s Technology, Dr. David Murray presents a Christian response to the digital revolution. After laying the foundation of four biblical principles, he makes the case for disciplined discernment in our use of technology. He then presents a practical seven-step training program to develop disciplined discernment in our children, and he concludes by showing how to apply these seven steps to Facebook use.
In God's Technology, Dr. David Murray presents to us biblical methods to train children so they can use technology in a way that honors God. I have benefited greatly from Dr. Murray's blog over at HeadHeartHand, and the same can be said from this DVD. In this 40 minute DVD that is compatible in all regions, Dr. Murray provides us four biblical principles: 1. Technology is created by God 2. Technology is not essentially sinful 3. Technology has many good uses 4. Technology has been perverted. Three possible responses to technology are: 1. An enthusiastic embrace 2. A strict separation 3. Disciplined discernment. Of course the way to use technology is in a disciplined discerning manner. After discussing the possible responses to technology, a seven step training program is covered: 1. Educate 2. Fence (anti-virus, firewalls, time boundaries, site limits, personal information, downloads) 3. Mentor 4. Supervise 5. Review 6. Trust 7. Model. We are then shown how to apply the seven steps when using Facebook with children. At the school I work at, the students use MacBooks so I have been asked several times how we can help the students be responsible digital citizens. It would have been nice to have owned this DVD last year. I am thankful that this DVD is now in our school library, and I will be recommending it to many teachers and parents.