CCE Corner – Building Digital Trust

May 13th, 2021

As part of our discussion of STEM subjects at Trinitas, we are including this post on building digital trust. In a recent interview, Chris McKenna, founder of Protect Young Eyes, outlined five parts of what he calls the “Digital Trust Framework”: Copy Me, Co-Play, Curiosity, Communication, and Coaching. The interview is filled with much food for thought and practice. As you listen, consider how the five ways of approaching technology with our children are actually good ways of approaching anything with them.

  • We build credibility and authority if we live so that our kids can copy us in all that we do.
  • We build affection and discernment if we co-play with them and take an interest in the things that interest them.
  • If we have a posture of curiosity, we build an environment of grace over one of condemnation.
  • We build intimacy and a love of truth if we are good communicators, talking early and often with our children about important, and non-important, things.
  • Finally, like good coaches, we bring out the best in our kids when the endgame is not controlling them and their environment, but rather equipping them to make God-honoring choices.

To hear Chris McKenna discuss these principles of parenting as they apply to the digital world, click this link: