While most adults use social media in order to connect with friends and to find entertainment, teens who grow up with social media are finding a world without boundaries and tools that they are using to define themselves. Instagram and SnapChat enable teens to tell the world who they are, but the world can also comment back. Parents need to help teens find healthy boundaries and model good use of social media.
Why this story matters for church leaders:
Church members use social media frequently, but teens are especially immersed in the world of social media and using it to define themselves.
- Social Media Perspectives: Get in touch with some teens in your church to hear how they use social media and what some of the potential downsides could be.
- Model Healthy Behaviors: Besides understanding the challenges of social media, model healthy social media use so that your congregation can learn from your example, not just from sermons.
- Empower Parents: Are there discussions or training events you can host for parents related to healthy social media use?
What are your personal challenges when it comes to using social media?
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