June 1st Topic: Social Networking: The good, bad, and the ugly.
Social networking is now the number one online activity for teenagers. This is not at all surprising as emerging technologies allow developing adolescents increased opportunity to connect with friends at a time in life when they are spreading their wings in preparation to launch into the independence of adulthood. Children and teens are social beings who love engaging with social media. . . that new set of rapidly evolving platforms and technologies that enable them to interact around the clock with others through sharing text, pictures, videos, instant messages and more. Engaging with social media equals engagement with friends. . . something very attractive at a time in life when engagement with friends is first and foremost on their minds! We shouldn’t be surprised that in recent years, social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube have become popular hangouts for children and teens.
As parents called by God to nurture our children into an active and all-encompassing Christian faith, we have the responsibility to proactively guide ourselves and our children into engaging with social media and social networking in a manner that brings honor and glory to God. Teaching them now will serve to prepare them for a lifetime of healthy and safe engagement with social media.
We will also share some of our favorite resources to help us better understand related issues such as: sexting, cyber-bullying, internet porn, electronic addition, etc...Every one of our kids is one degree away from any one of these issues, regardless of their age. Let's try to get on the front end within this emerging wild west.
Please join us in the Fireside Room Wednesday, June 1 at 6:30.