Monday, January 4, 2010

Communicating About Technology

At our last Youth Workers' Gathering, among other issues, Dr Peggy Kendall spoke of the need for training and for us to role model how to use technology in godly ways. She also spoke about the difference between face-to-face self-disclosure and what happens online, using relationships among youth as an example. I was reminded of this when I saw the Pew Internet report on "Teens and Sexting." Those of us who work with youth can neither distance ourselves nor throw our hands in the air when we see such reports. Let's be savvy enough to have intelligent and useful conversations about safe and responsible uses of digital media. What are the best ways to use them to communicate and how can our communication glorify God? What would be pleasing to God? What is helpful? How does what we do affect ourselves and others? What are the long and short term consequences? These are just a sample of some of the questions that we can talk about. The question for us is, do we spend enough time with our youth to find natural points of entry for these types of conversation?

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