Monday, March 31, 2014

Schoolhouse Crew Review for Captivated DVD

I received Captivated DVD from Media Talk 101 for the purpose of this review.
Captivated is a 107 minute documentary that examines the social media, internet, video games, television, etc., and how all of it is effecting our culture, and relationships with family, friends, and God. Captivated is centered on a Christian worldview theology. Captivated DVD is priced at $16.95.
“See to it that nobody enslaves you with philosophy and foolish deception, which conform to human traditions and the way the world thinks and acts rather than Christ” Colossians 2:8 

My family watched Captivated DVD and we all were very impressed with the quality of the video. Captivated DVD was very thought provoking. It’s laid out in an easy format that you can understand and very informative from a Biblical view point. Some may feel that Captivated DVD encourage you to unplug and not encourage you to use no technology. I felt that it didn't push you to unplug and was realistic that we live in an age of technology age. The reality is that we live in a world that technology can benefit our lives. Moderation in all things is the message I got out of it and don’t let it enslave you and zap away your time. All of our gadgets take our time away from the Lord, our family, and our responsibilities. How many times have you gotten on the computer and then realized that you have been on it for over an hour and you suddenly realize that you didn’t accomplish the things you had planned on doing?

While you may or may not agree with everything said in Captivated DVD, it motivated my family to look at how much technology effects our lives as a family. Thinking of our children and how much time they spend in front of a TV, games, computer, and other gadgets. Before I watched Captivated DVD I already screen how much time my kids get inundated with electronics. Overall, not that bad but, I do lapse on occasions when I need to get some things done around the house. Having a child with special needs is difficult and she requires a lot of my attention. She loves the TV and computer and I don’t have to worry about her when she is glued to a gadget. I know she is safe. I find that when I need to complete a task that I can pacifying her while I am busy. A sad but a true statement on my part. Then it’s a guilt trip and I let my son occupying himself right along her side.

What am I going to take out of Captivated DVD?

No, I am not getting rid of all my gadgets and unplugging the TV completely. I do feel that technology can enhance our lives if we are diligent with the time we spend on it. I am still going to screen my children's time they spend watching TV, games, and other gadgets. Maybe we can have a free day from it all once a week. That would actually be refreshing.

As far as keeping my daughter occupied while I need to do something. I can give her a craft or something else to occupy her while I am busy. It will take more planning on my part and it’s hard to change bad habits. She will protest so it will have to be gradual since change is difficult for her. My 8 year old son understood the context of Captivated DVD and I was able to talk to him about it.

As believers we need to captivate what time we have and choose wisely the time we have. How much more can you spend with your Bible, family, and responsibilities if you limit your media time. It truly adds up when you step away from our gadgets. This is attended for adults. I encourage you to watch Captivated DVD from Media Talk 101. I think it will get you thinking about how as believers we need to be more diligent with our time.
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