Here are some resources that I think you might find helpful.  Think I’m missing one?  Let me know!


Parenting for Digital Purity

Protect Young Eyes – Overwhelmed about the apps your kid uses? Find risk profiles and information about the most common apps used by your teens.

Bark – Bark monitors any linked apps/social media accounts for signs of cyberbullying, sexting, drug-related content, and signs of depression and lets you know if there is an issue. A great tool to keep your kids safe as you train them to take over the digital reins in their own lives.

Accountability/Filtering Software – here you will find a blog post with details about different brands of accountability software.  It talks about cost, how they work, what they work on, etc. They also list several helpful resources.  Here are the resources they talk about.

  1. Covenant Eyes Software
  2. Ever Accountable
  3. Accountable2You
  4. Lion
  5. Router Limits
  6. X3Watch

Covenant Eyes Resources – One thing I like about Covenant Eyes are the resources on parenting, overcoming a pornography addiction, etc.  Here are a few free publications they offer that you might find helpful.  You do have to provide them with an email address, but I think it is worth it.  If you don’t want to provide them with your email I can print you a copy (they allow that).

  • Equipped – Raising Godly Digital Natives –  A short ebook about how to have honest conversations with your children about self-image, sexuality, sin, and shame.
  • Parenting the Internet Generation – This ebook has similar content to ‘Equipped’ but goes into more detail.  It includes age-specific conversation guides about sex and technology for pre-school through high school.
  • When Your Child is Looking at Porn – While this is a heart-breaking situation to find yourself in as a parent, you aren’t in uncharted waters.  This ebook will help you process what has happened and formulate a plan for how to handle it well.
  • A Parent’s Guide to Cyberbullying – This is a serious problem these days.  This ebook can help you understand what is going on and help you decide what to do about it.
  • There are other resources available. See all the covenant eyes ebooks HERE.

Victory App – It’s an app that provides a strategic battle plan for victory in the struggle against pornography.  It is designed for teens but could be a helpful tool for adults and teens alike. It is free but it does have some Catholic content, so use with discretion.

General Parenting

Addiction Resources – Here you will find a great parent resource on teen substance abuse.  It includes information about commonly abused substances, signs/symptoms of abuse, and helpful suggestions for prevention/help.

The Parent Cue – Numerous articles and resources to help with parenting through the various stages of phases & stages of your child’s development.

The Parent Cue App – You probably don’t need to be reminded that the time you have left with your child is limited.  This app will give you age-appropriate suggestions each week to help you be intentional with your parenting.

Websites

  • Chris McCurley – blog published by the preaching minister at OLCOC
  • Radically Christian – an awesome blog published by Wes McAdams
  • Oldham Lane Church of Christ – link to our main church website where you can see the calendar, access the directory, and many other things.
  • Apologetics Press – here you will find scripturally sound and scientifically accurate materials in the field of Christian apologetics
  • Christian Courier – a journal dedicated to the investigation of biblical doctrine, Christian evidences, and ethical issues.
  • Focus Press – publisher of Think Magazine and provider of various resources designed to provide understanding and clarity when it comes to issues that can be very difficult to comprehend.
  • Sticky Faith – a great resource for parents & volunteers.  The are working to provide tools to help us grow faith in our kids that “sticks” and continues to mature long-term.

PDFs

Here is some great information from the Fuller Youth Institute on have conversations with young people: Growing Young Conversation Toolkit

Here is a great resource put out by the Fuller Youth Institute on Parenting in a digital age: RC_Digital_Edition


Books (for those of you, like me, who still like a good ol‘ piece of paper)

Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church by Kara Powell et al.
Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church
by Kara Powell et al.
Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids by Kara E. Powell et al.
Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids
by Kara E. Powell et al.

Class Notes

By request, here is a link to the slides and notes from the class ‘Emerging Adults: Your Role in Building and Faith that Lasts“.