I want to thank DayOne and Cross Focused Reviews for providing me with a copy of You, Your Family and the Internet in return for my honest opinion.
When my mother was ten-years-old, her family was the first one in her neighborhood to get a black and white television. Kids would come over and sit in a group on the floor just to have the opportunity to see a moving picture in a box.
When I was ten-years-old, my dad got a mobile phone. I’d never even heard of one… but it looked like a giant brick, it was hard-mounted into the side of the dashboard in the passenger’s leg area, and I had to sit with my legs to one side if I wanted to ride shotgun…..
In college, one of my friends talked me into signing up for email for the first time. I could not understand the purpose. “Who will email me?” I asked. “I have to come all the way to the computer lab, and no one I know has email.”
Oh, how things have changed. We now have televisions in our cellphones–along with email, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and more. Not only do we communicate with our friends electronically, we communicate with our friends’ friends. Raise your hand if – once-in-a-while – you’re confused. If – once-in-a-while – the ethics of raising your child in the midst of all this fantastic technology is a bit overwhelming. (You can’t see me, but my hand is raised!)
We’re on the fast lane of the information superhighway, and… we may be lost.
You, Your Family, and the Internet
David Clark has written a very helpful book: You, Your Family and the Internet (DayOne Publications, 2012). Mr. Clark has worked with computer technologies for over 30 years. He currently owns and runs a consulting company that carries out technology-related work for the United States and British governments. Mr. Clark has published a number of technical papers on subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Risk Analysis.
You, Your Family and the Internet is only 108 pages long. The reading is not difficult or technical, but it is informative. The sources used in each chapter are well cited, and each chapter has a number of Bible verses to consult as you consider the discussion questions.
The book begins with an interesting history lesson on technology and the internet, followed by a brief synopsis of the good and bad qualities the information superhighway brings with it. After that, Mr. Clark dives right into the challenges we face subject by subject. He presents facts and statistics, then discusses how we can deal with each area biblically, and how we ought to model good behavior and safeguard our children.
The areas covered include:
- Facebook and Social Networking
- Free Internet Services (Why they are free and how that specifically impacts you and your privacy)
- Internet Games
- Internet Gambling
- Internet News
Mr. Clark finishes the book with ten principles we must embrace to use the internet in a biblically responsible manner.
You, Your Family and the Internet is not preachy, it does not lecture, but it does explain the pitfalls of the internet, the immense gospel-related opportunities on the internet, and the manner in which Scripture tells us to conduct ourselves–on or off the information superhighway.
I recommend You, Your Family and the Internet by David Clark for any Christian family using the internet. (Hey, that’s you! … I know because you’re reading this.) 🙂
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