If you want to know my vision for our youth and technology, it begins here. It begins in a free, fruitful, faithful, forgiving place, where people of all ages do not serve the devices that surround them, but seek to serve God first, others second, and themselves third. It is where technology is just one more means to greater health, happiness, and harmony, and where “cool” and “innovative” and “popular” no longer supersede the commitments and callings we all hold dear. It is a place where we remain inspired by the quiet sunrise each morning and the moonlit glow of the night, and wake up curious about what the day will hold, with visions of our little ones (and our big ones) smiling broadly and running strongly with nothingontheir side. It is here that I pray my children will aspire to be.
Jim Schroederis a pediatric psychologist at St. Mary’s Center for Children in Evansville, Indiana. He also writes a monthly column titled "Just Thinking" (www.stmarys.org/articles) designed to inform, educate, and motivate parents and providers in applying pertinent research in meaningful, practical ways.He is the author of Into the Rising Sunand 40 Days of Hopeful Prayer.