Our oldest son, age 15, is our resident researcher. If we need to make a packing list, or find the best hotel to stay at on vacation, or figure out which computer to buy, he’s our guy.
He also likes to stay on top of the latest news, and we have always encouraged that; however, we’ve also been well aware of how dangerous traditional news media can be for a young person.
We don’t have network television in our home, so most of our current events information comes via the internet. However, as you probably know, current events need a filter…a Christian worldview filter. This isn’t something typically provided by the traditional media.
I became familiar with World many years ago when our pastor’s wife shared her subscription with me. A few years later, I was made aware via our homeschool group of the children’s versions of WORLD, called God’s World News. So, I knew WORLD as a quality current events magazine, much like TIME, but with a Christian worldview.
What I didn’t know was that WORLD now has a Podcast! I’ve been having my oldest son read and listen to clips on the FOX news app for our iPad, but today we are moving to WORLD instead.
This brings me to the point of discussion I want to make for this post…
Current events are both dangerous and important.
We start out by filtering current events FOR our children. We digest the information, we filter and sift through it, then we offer it to them around the dinner table (or wherever else we might happen to be discussing the world).
As they age and gain more discernment (like my 15 year old), we teach them to start using their own filter by giving them the opportunity to hear current events from others who share our worldview.
Eventually, they are able to filter content on their own, no matter the source.
One word of caution…
I think it is important to understand each of your children and how they will handle current events before moving from one stage to the next. A particularly sensitive child will take longer to move from the first stage and perhaps even longer to move to the third stage. I learned the hard way that exposing a child to some of the weighty issues of today before they are ready is not a good idea.
You won’t be able to ward off every instance of unfiltered information (sometimes it’s even coming from the pulpit!), but you can do your best to work through current events as a family and with a common worldview that puts current events in proper perspective.
So, are you a current events family? How do you filter information? Do you have any children who seem more interested in current events than others? How are you incorporating current events into your homeschool?