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Kirk Cameron's New Film Takes on Parenting in a Social Media World

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Actor, known for his role in ABC’s Growing Pains (1985-1992)

Starred in films, Like Father Like Son (1987), the Left Behind series (2001-05) and Fireproof (2008),

Co-founder with wife Chelsea, Camp Firefly, a camp for seriously ill children and their families

Married since 1991

Father of 6 children (4 adopted) Jake, 22; Isabella, 21; Anna, 20; Luke, 18; (2 biological) Olivia, 17; Luke, 15

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Kirk is passionate about marriages and families.  In today’s social-media driven world, the smart phone has become a cultural rite of passage for kids.  Kirk says on one recent Mother’s Day, his wife Chelsea decided to buy presents for everyone.  She bought all of their kids smart phones. Kirk thought that was a great idea.  Then he heard a story on the news of a man whose son was being solicited by an adult man.  That father, Tim Woda, asked his son how he knew the man.  His son replied, Through Facebook.  Tim said, That’s not possible.  You don’t have a Facebook account.  Tim found out his son had a whole digital life of which he was unaware!  

Kirk wondered how he as a parent could equip his kids to thrive in an ever-changing digital environment while steering clear of the dangers that lurk nearby.  “I decided to get to the bottom of how technology and my kids were interacting,” he says.  So, Cameron went to the experts.  The information was so compelling that Kirk put these experts together in his documentary, Connect.  Notable guests include Dr. Ian Armstrong (neurosurgeon), Kathy Koch, Ph.D. (Founder of Celebrate Kids, Inc.), Tim Woda (Founder of uKnowKids), Pastor Ken Graves, (Calvary Chapel, Bangor, Maine) and Mark Gregston (Founder of Heartlight).  Kirk also features parents and young adults who share their own personal stories regarding the impact of technology in their lives.

In an online world that creates an illusion of reality and “friends” through social media, apps and followers, Kirk’s documentary pulls the curtain back to the benefits, dangers and boundaries that every parent, teacher, pastor and youth leader should consider while monitoring and utilizing technology in our children’s lives.  Kirk reminds us that “The heart of the battle is really the battle of the heart.” He believes this generation of parents are trail blazers for such a time as this.  “God-fearing parents can find confidence and guidance when it comes to the challenges of parenting in our technology-driven world, knowing that God has fully equipped us for the sacred calling as a parent,” says Kirk.  “We have resources to prepare our children as they learn their purpose and identity and responsibly use technology to understand family, friends, God and the world around them.”

For tickets and more information on Connect, please visit www.FathomEvents.com.  The documentary will be shown in 750 theaters throughout the US on 2/27/18 and 3/1/18.

Kirk was not raised in a church-going home and described himself as an atheist from a very young age.  When he was 14, Kirk had been working in the entertainment business for a few years and landed the role of Mike Seaver on Growing Pains in 1985Within a few years, it was a hit show on ABC.  (On the show, Mike eventually had a girlfriend named Kate MacDonald, played by Chelsea Noble, Kirk’s future wife!) Soon Kirk had everything he could possibly want and as much money as he wanted to spend.  He became a teen heartthrob, appearing on covers of teen magazines, and was also so convinced there was no God that he laughed at those who said there was.  All that changed one afternoon as he went to church and heard the Gospel for the first time.  Kirk sat in the back of the church feeling very guilty.  His heart was swelling with hope that a God in heaven saw his sinful heart and would take the punishment for him, forgive him and welcome him back into a right relationship with Him.  A month later, Kirk, then 17, was sitting in his sports car and asked the Lord into his heart. He told a friend who was a Christian.  That friend gave him a Bible which Kirk began to read. Kirk went on to star in many films but has since left mainstream film and television.  He continues to work in faith-based productions.

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