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Technology Teaching Principles Discussion Aids

Technology in society today

Technology is an integral and prevalent part of today’s society. It takes multiple forms, from personal computers to mobile devices to television to video gaming consoles. While it has brought great gains in communication and productivity, technology also contains numerous aspects which can cause concern. Proper understanding, self-examination, and safeguards are essential when evaluating its implications for our families and children. The Bible calls us to “walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise” (Ephesians 5:15).

Goals and Process of these Discussion Aids

Through these lessons, children/students and parents/teachers can hopefully engage in healthy discussion around several key teaching principles from the Bible regarding technology and some of its potential dangers. This discussion should be coupled with further instruction in the appropriate use of technology. This pairing of instruction with caution is a critical opportunity to help young people navigate the arena of technology. The format of these discussion aids is as follows:

  • Each lesson is built around a technology teaching principle.
  • Each lesson uses key Bible verses to emphasis how to properly navigate each teaching principle.
  • Lessons have an introductory set of personal questions to be answered first.
  • Lessons are structured around several questions which are meant to be discussed one on one or in a group.
  • Lessons are designed to encourage parents and/or teachers to evaluate the proper boundaries for technology used by children/students.

Discussion Aids by Age Level

High School (9th-12th Grade)

  1. Purity
  2. Communication
  3. Reality/Deception
  4. Time Usage

Middle School (6th-8th Grade)

  1. Purity
  2. Communication
  3. Reality/Deception
  4. Time Usage

Grade School (3rd– 5th Grade)

  1. Purity
  2. Communication
  3. Reality/Fantasy
  4. Time Usage

Click here to view the discussion aid packet as PDF or a Booklet.


For Further Information:

Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media can be helpful for parents who want to learn about safe Internet use. It provides reviews of current media and shares information for parents on what types of issues to be aware of in developing a safe Internet use plan in your home. It should be noted the reviews on this site are not necessarily written from a Christian perspective. Visit Plugged In for Christian reviews.

Guidance on Using Technology
This document, from the Apostolic Christian Elder Technology Committee and posted on the church website, provides biblical principles and practical guidance for using technology.  Information about safe Internet use, selecting Internet filtering software, and proper use of mobile phones and other devices is included. [ACCA]