The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place

Making conscientious choices about technology in our families is more than just using internet filters and determining screen time limits for our children. It’s about developing wisdom, character, and courage in the way we use digital media rather than accepting technology’s promises of ease, instant gratification, and the world’s knowledge at our fingertips. And it’s definitely not just about the kids.

Drawing on in-depth original research from the Barna Group, Andy Crouch shows readers that the choices we make about technology have consequences we may never have considered. He takes readers beyond the typical questions of what, where, and when and instead challenges them to answer provocative questions like, Who do we want to be as a family? and How does our use of a particular technology move us closer or farther away from that goal? Anyone who has felt their family relationships suffer or their time slip away amid technology’s distractions will find in this book a path forward to reclaiming their real life in a world of devices.

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Austin Gohn on February 15, 2018 at 6:07 AM.

A Wise + Practical Guide for Families Navigating the Digital Age In the Tech-Wise Family, Andy Crouch provides a wise and practical guide for families struggling to navigate an increasingly digital age. As a digital native (who considers himself a “digital refugee” at this point) and soon-to-be-dad, this is the book I was looking for everywhere.In the book, he unpacks ten commitments for tech-wise families:1. We develop wisdom and courage together as a family.2. We want to create more than we consume. So we fill the…

Graham Scharf on February 15, 2018 at 6:13 AM.

Wise counsel for households In typical fashion, Andy Crouch tackles a timely subject – and takes it in unlikely directions. Do you expect a book on the tech-wise family to talk about the commitment to being present at the deathbed of family and friends? Yet that is one of Crouch’s 10 commitments.If you’re looking for a book on internet filters or the like – tech solutions to tech problems – look elsewhere. This book treats the culture of the household more broadly – and is therefore of far more help. It is a…

Anonymous on February 15, 2018 at 6:36 AM.

Crouch is a savvy and clever social critic, sometimes a bit too clever, but I’ll let that go. His topic is crucial: the wise raising of children in a technologically-saturated world, which he calls “the easy everywhere.” Gizmos are often simple, are everywhere, and have imperceptible effects on the unwary.Parents, who are responsible for their children’s education and character formation, should not only limit the use of some technologies for their children, but create a…