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Greenwood Family Screen Rules

Greenwood Family Screen Rules

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Published by: Amy Coffill Greenwood on Jul 08, 2013
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G
REENWOOD
F
 AMILY 
S
CREEN
R
ULES
 
1.
 
BE A GOOD STEWARD OF YOUR TIME:
Be intentional. Before you sit in front of a screen
phone, tablet,computer, video game, television, or anything else yet to be invented
 –
ask yourself 
, “Is
this is really the bestway to use my
time?”
(1 Cor. 4:1-2; Mat. 25:14-30)a.
 
Time Limit:
2 hours of personal computer, tablet, and/or video games per day. Family time (withmom and/or dad) or special permission is the only exception. If you need something to do, read a
book or play a board game…or clean something!
 b.
 
All
kids’
tablets, phones, and video games are to be turned off at 8:00 PM and plugged in, and keptin my room (if applicable).c.
 
You may have your screens when you are done with school, piano practice, and chores. Until then,the only screen in front of you will be tuned to educational pursuits. Your phone or tablet is notnecessary for those endeavors.2.
 
Social media outlets:
No public social media until you are 13 years old. Before then, you may have an e-mailaccount for communicating with family members and close friends only.a.
 
All social media accounts require expressed permission from Mom before you register. No promises.No guarantees. You need to earn your presence there by behaving responsibly elsewhere.b.
 
Mom will know the password for all e-mail and social media accounts. This is for your protection.When you do something stupid (and you will) I want to be able to do damage control immediately.3.
 
Cell phones:
No cell phones until you are 16 years old.
 
a.
 
The phones belong to your parents. If you lose or break them, you replace them. If you abuse the
rules, you don’t use them.
 b.
 
If that phone rings and it’s one of your parents, you answer immediately
(unless you are driving!). If 
we can’t reach you on your phone, then when we finally do reach you, we will take the phone
away.
 
c.
 
SAFETY:
When you are driving, you may have your phone in your possession, so it will be there if youneed it. You may use it when you pull over and are truly stopped. (Being stopped at a stoplight
doesn’t count as being stopped.
)4.
 
TRANSPARENCY
: No devices in your room. Keep your screen so that anyone can see what you are doing atany time. (Luke 8:17; Ec. 12:14)5.
 
ASSOCIATIONS:
Choose your friends wisely. It’s OK to “
unfriend
or
unfollow
someone who is not edifying.(Mal. 3:18; 1 Cor. 15:33) It is not appropriate to have a
 private
conversation with a member of the oppositesex.6.
 
GUARD YOUR EYES, MIND, AND HEART:
Every device MUST have an internet filter running (Covenant Eyesor K-
9). You may not use any device at someone else’s house or anywhere else
for this reason. (Ps. 101:3;Prov. 4:23)
B
 ASIC
C
OMMUNICATION
P
RINCIPLES
 
1.
 
GUARD YOUR WORDS:
Remember, whether online, texting, on the phone, or in person, the same rules of communication apply. Technological platforms are merely an extension of your tongue. (James 3:5-6)2.
 
HONESTY:
Do not use this technology to deceive anyone. Always be truthful
online. Don’t airbrush yours
elf (figuratively or literally).
If you don’t like the person you are, change yourself for real; don’t invent a new you
online. (Prov. 12:19, Zec. 8:16, Eph. 4:25)3.
 
KINDNESS:
Do not engage in conversations that hurt other people. Whether in person or online, there is noreason to hurt someone else.
Before typing or speaking, ask yourself, “Is it kind? Is it true? Is it necessary?”
(Eph. 4:32)4.
 
PUBLIC DEBATE:
Don’t argue with someone via any electronic messagin
g, and especially in a public forum(ex., in the comments on blogs and facebook). If someone is important enough in your life to spend time

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