It’s the topic of so many conversations between parent friends these days: What are we going to do about our kids and their phones/social media/computer games/fill-in-the-blank terrifying technology of the moment?!?!

Whether you’re the parent of a young child and wondering what they’ll face online as they get older, or your teenagers are already experiencing life online, there’s a free upcoming program that may really help.

Calvary Crossroads Church in Wenatchee is hosting a FREE one-day parent summit on Saturday, Jan. 19, led by author and speaker Brian Housman. Here are the details:

9:30 a.m. — 11:15 a.m. Tech Savvy Parenting, Parenting in a Digital World.

Did you know 9 out of 10 student aged 8-18 have viewed Internet porn? Did you know 31% of all adolescents lie about their age on the Internet? Did you know more than half of parents fear their child being contacted online by a stranger? In this informative workshop we look at current research into gaming systems, internet activities, and online communities. We guarantee you will leave this workshop not only with a working knowledge of the web culture but also with specific step you can take as a parent to safeguard your home and child’s life. We will also equip you to talk about touchy subject as Internet pornography, cyber bullying, online integrity, and many more.

11:30 a.m. — 12:15 p.m. Lunch with Q&A

12:30 — 1 p.m. The End Game of Parenting

What is your goal as a parent? Author Brian Housman knows parents, like coaches, want to win at the end of the day, but what does that look like? For some parents it’s obedience, but Housman encourages parents to shoot for a bigger goal-to see their children’s hearts transformed into Christlikeness.

6 p.m. Teens are welcome to come to Calvary Crossroads for a discussion with Brian Housman, “My Wired Life.”

It is inescapable. From the time you get up in the morning until you lay your head down to rest at night, technology will be all around you. The typically teenager now spends eleven hours of his/her day “plugged in” to some type of tech. Technology is not a bad thing, but rather how we use. And for many teens it’s the first place the wheels start coming off the track in their life. From bullying, to sexting, to video chatting, to internet pornography…it’s increasingly difficult to honor God and avoid the trap of letting technology control you. This workshop will help you think through your choices and how you set your own boundaries to use technology in an honoring way.

Brian Housman is the author of four books who has been working with families across the country and internationally since 1993. From his webiste: “Brian has been featured as a ‘parenting expert’ (whatever that is) on more than forty radio shows and TV programs including FOX, ABC, and NBC affiliates.”

Register now for the free summit at the Calvary Crossroads website. For more information about Brian: www.360family.org and www.techsavvyparenting.com.

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