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2 Ways to Proactively Address Media Addictions in Your Home

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Parents should proactively address media addictions within their home.

We must be alert and discerning to recognize idolatrous behavior in regards to media. But where do we start?

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Media addictions in our youth are not derived only by the content, but by how often we allow them to be entertained.

Long before the digital age – A.W. Tozer said “I believe that entertainment and amusements are the work of the enemy to keep dying men from knowing they’re dying and to keep enemies of God from remembering they’re enemies.”

Constant amusement can simply numb us through life.

You can proactively address media addictions, as well as keep your teen aware and alert, by putting appropriate time limits on media interactions.

Examine Your Media Habits

There is nothing more frustrating than confronting a teenager with all the facts, evidence and logic to prove your case; only to have it debunked with illogic, emotion, and relativism.

“That’s just your opinion” they cry. Sound like some of your kids?

In my many years of working with troubled youth at Shepherds Hill Academy, nearly all of them will justify their music by appreciating the talent and saying it makes them feel good.

We have to remember that everything our kids enjoy isn’t necessarily good for them.

But, as good parents, we have to remember the same rule applies to us also.

To proactively address media addictions within your home, make it a habit to evaluate your own media habits first.

Conversation Starter: What are some additional proactive steps you can take to address media addictions in your home?

Trace Embry is the Founder and Director of Shepherds Hill Academy, a Christ-centered therapeutic residential program, as well as a private accredited boarding school for troubled teenagers. He is the Host of the "License to Parent with Trace Embry Radio Program." He is also a public speaker, and teaches parenting classes. Visit his parenting blog at “Insight for Today's Culture with Trace Embry."

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