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I guess the following post caught my eye because it always amazes me how much negative stuff is posted about teens. “Why do we assume the worst about teens?” challenges us to examine our instinctive perceptions of and reactions to teenagers and be mature and responsible in our interactions with them.
The other aspect of it, is that adults often set poor examples for teens as well as seek to exploit teens. Below is a prime example of this. It also reminds us of why we need to continually remind teens (and adults) to use caution in the online world.
Although some things are beyond anyone’s control, exercising caution and oversight still matters. Adults, in being mature and responsible, will help teens to be aware of the potential pitfalls in online, including social media usage. They will also help teens to avoid linear uses of the internet and social media that may be harmful in other ways. The next post reminds us that different teens have different needs, interact with media differently and need different types of nudges and guidance.
However, at the end of the day, we need to remember the tremendous potential of the internet and social media for learning and for good. We see this here:
It is a mixed bag, I confess. The questions for us are:
- How would we assess our attitudes toward and expectations of youth? This influences how we interact with them.
- What type of guidance do we give to our students with respect to internet use and social media?
- Is our guidance one size fits all or do we recognize different types and needs? Which is linked to, how well do we know the students with whom God has entrusted us?
- In our ministries, how are we harnessing the tremendous potential of the internet and social media for learning and for good?