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Think Before You . . .

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Think before you speak. I heard that growing up. You can’t recall words, so be careful of what you say because once you’ve said it, you can’t take it back.

The same could be said for writing. Once it’s on paper, there’s a record, unless of course you destroy it before anyone else sees it. I say destroy, because many people have written something and left it in a private place, only for it to be found and shared. Or they may have shared it in confidence or trusted someone to destroy it for them only to have that trust betrayed. Mother Teresa is a case in point.

Of course, it’s more complicated now. Many of us have been in the process of writing an email and clicked send before we were ready. Or we may have sent an email to someone only to have it forward to . . . . Some things go viral.

Yes. It’s the technological age, so all the more, we need to think before we put anything down and watch that finger which is so apt to click on “send” or “enter.”

Then there is the question of tech etiquette and appropriateness. It’s so easy to send stuff now, but what’s appropriate for sending and what’s best for face-to-face and what’s best for, well, just keeping it to yourself?

Here’s are some good points in the blog below on social media responsibility.

Think before Tweeting – Social Media Responsibility and Keeping
chieftechnologymommy.wordpress.com5/29/12

Educating our teens on social media protocol must span far beyond Facebook and posting inappropriate photos. Words are just as powerful, and once they are loosed into cyberspace they cannot be taken back. Tweeting

Yes. Education on social media responsibility is sorely needed as we see also from the blog below and the statistics it contains.

Teens Feeling Pressure to “Grow Up” and Reveal Intimate Details
www.marketwatch.com5/21/12

With 95% of all teenagers (13-17 years of age) online and 80% using social media, a third of teens state they seek love on Facebook. As a result, 34% of girls and 16% of boys are exposed to more explicit and unwanted

  • How do we engage our students around issues of thinking before posting, what’s appropriate and what isn’t for online interaction, and how to deal with online peer pressure?
  • How do we help them to connect their faith with their online presence?
  • How are we modeling responsible tech behavior around these issues?

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Teens and Technology

Research shows that teens continue to increase their use of technology. Smartphones give access to the internet and, of course, texting. With available apps and software, iTouch, and tablets are phones. However, there is heartening news. Cyberbullying isn’t completely widespread, as the research from Pew below shows and there are those who will challenge the… Continue Reading

Responsible Presence

“An incarnational approach [to technology in youth ministry] calls for us to love young people enough to be present in the spaces they inhabit so that we can build relationships, communicate in relevant ways, and model and encourage faithful living as we respond to God’s love through incarnational living” (Smith  2011, 6). We go where… Continue Reading

Guest Blog: “Not now, I’m waiting …”

Over the past several weeks, I’ve been editing essays for an interesting new book about youth ministry and technology. (I’m sure our friend Claire will let you know when it’s available later this fall.) The various authors are examining the seismic cultural shift occurring because of the pervasiveness of technology and its effect on youth… Continue Reading