Electronic Bibles and Technology in the Classroom
We ask that our elementary-aged children not use an electronic version of the Bible in our classrooms for the following reasons:
- We have observed that many of the students using an electronic Bible tend to “scroll” needlessly and seem to not be fully engaged in the lesson. Their distraction by the device itself leads to less connection to and interaction with the Scripture we want them to engage with. We believe that most children have not yet developed the maturity to be able to handle the distraction and the responsibility of using an electronic device in a large group setting.
- Many of the students in our classes do not own electronic devices and we have observed that they are particularly intrigued and distracted by the one in their neighbor’s hands.
- We want our elementary children to understand how the Bible is organized and fits together. There is value in them understanding the placement of the books in a larger context of the whole Bible. That can easily be lost when a book can be found at the touch of a button. As they grow in their understanding, they will bring that understanding to the use of an electronic Bible.
- Many of the children with electronics tend to interact far less with their peers. One of our goals at this age is to facilitate the children forming solid friendships here at church, and we have observed that cell phones, iPods and other electronics can be a real deterrent.
Because we understand that we live in a world where technology is changing all the time, we recognize the need to constantly think through the best way to make use of it. Please be assured that we will continue to dialog about this. Thank you for cooperating with us at this point in time as we ask the children to refrain from using electronics in our classrooms.