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The Digital Impact on Children and Young People



The development of the Internet and the positive contribution it can make in various fields is phenomenal – yet the potential negative impact is also overwhelming. It can be the oil of fire from pre-existing addictions or wrong lifestyle choices and thus develop into a destructive influence with the same power as a tsunami.
The focus of this course is on developments around the so-called ‘digital invasion’ over the past number of years as well as the enormous impact on the thinking and general approach of many children and young people. The two clearly distinguishable groups, among others, are digital natives vs. digital immigrants (digital natives vs immigrants). A number of problem areas and pitfalls are highlighted, together with various practical and pastoral guidelines.



  • Digital natives vs. digital immigrants ( natives vs. immigrants )
  • Extent of digital influence


  • Traditional courtship ( courting ) for more on background
  • All the more difficult to control the flow of information
  • Director of my own story
  • Addiction
    • Addiction to video games
    • Addiction to a cellphone
    • Addiction to text messages
    • Addiction to Facebook
  • The number of hours before a digital screen ( screentime )
    • Guidelines on program choices
    • Attention team


  • Extremely independent
  • They feel validated ( Empowered )
  • Millennials and their parents
  • Millennials and technology
  • Millennials in the workplace
    • Proficient in technology ( tech-savvy )
    • Family centered ( family-centric )
    • Performance oriented
    • Team oriented
    • They long for attention
    • They tend to switch jobs easily ( job-hopping )
  • Negative effects of excessive exposure to the Internet
    • Negative physical consequences
      • Brain systems that can be negatively affected
        • First system: The brain’s ‘pleasure center’
        • Second system: The brain’s ‘calming system’
        • Third system: The brain’s ‘memory system’
        • Fourth system: The brain’s ‘learning system’
        • Fifth system: The brain’s ‘binding system’
        • Sixth system: The brain’s ‘mental system’
        • In summary


  • Disadvantages of multitasking
    • Multi-task performance reduces the quality of your work
    • Multi-task performance changes the way you learn
    • Multitasking results in a superficial approach
    • Multi-task performance wastes time
    • Multi-task performance harms the body
  • Multitask performance and attentional distraction
    • Possible connection between hours in front of a screen and ADD
    • Secondary attention distractions
    • What does the brain of a ‘ multitasker ‘ look like?
  • Multitasking, depression and anger
  • The influence of multitask performance on cognitive control


  • Relationship skills
    • Love / affection
    • Desensitization and lack of empathy
    • Appreciation
    • The management of anger
    • To record apology
      • Five important guidelines
        • Accept responsibility
        • Your actions have an effect on others
        • There are always rules in life
        • Apologies can restore friendships
        • The five languages ​​of apology
    • To pay attention
      • Time in front of a screen is interesting
      • Time in front of a screen is immediate
      • Time in front of a screen offers immediate rewards
    • It’s never too late


  • A great challenge to the church and to parents
  • Ways in which the digital world is changing (Tony Reinke)
    • First change: We eventually become like what we are staring at
    • Second change: We ignore our limitations
    • Third change: We try to pay attention to too many things at once
    • Fourth change: We forget the joy of our God-given physicality
    • Fifth change: We are losing interest in the church’s mutual meetings
    • Sixth change: We are becoming more reckless with our words
  • Guidelines to parents
    • God’s design
    • What happens in the prefrontal cortex to the detriment of God’s design?
    • What should parents do?
    • Healthy brain and relationship skills
    • Basic Christian point of departure
  • Gregory Jantz’s ten tips
    • Tip # 1: Watch for double standards ( practice what you preach )
    • Tip # 2: Try to determine how much is too much
    • Tip # 3: Remember that you are still the parent
    • Tip # 4: Find the off switch
    • Tip # 5: Watch out for the bad
    • Tip # 6: Enjoy the good
    • Tip # 7: Look at the inner and not the outer
    • Tip # 8: Find out what you don’t know
    • Tip # 9: Pray for the best, plan for the worst
    • Tip # 10: Keep yourself informed of change and renewal
  • Gary Chapman’s five love languages, in support of developing relationship skills
    • Physical touch
    • Words of recognition and affirmation
    • Quality time
    • Gifts
    • Acts of servitude
  • A life that is a blessing to others

Appendix A: Test for multitask addictions
APPENDIX B: Five ways to exchange screen time for deeds of servitude
APPENDIX C: Steps to avoid Facebook relationships/affairs
APPENDIX D: Indications of FOMO ( Fear of missing out )
APPENDIX E: Important websites

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