Monday, January 9, 2012

Social Media, Teens and Youth Ministry

Social media comes in all shapes and forms and is a very present and influential reality in our midst. There are different ways in which it is used and its potential for good is vast. Let's look at a few examples.

In the blog below, the Teen Librarian's Inbox shares ideas for engaging youth using social media. Among these are activities for Facebook and Twitter.

TLT: Teen Librarian's Toolbox: Using Social Media to Engage Teens ...
Contests: They are simple and fun ways to keep your teens engaged. They generate repeat business. They help you appeal to a wide variety of interests. In short, they work for teen librarians. Last week we discussed why I ...

Okay. So it's not specifically social media, but it's big among teens. The post below carries the news of how Third Level will carry its efforts to help teens and prevent suicide to the teens' world of texting so that troubled teens can text for help.

Texting program will help suicidal teens : News :
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is giving Third Level $45000 to start a new text message response system for suicidal teenagers.

Israeli researchers have found value in teens blogging in terms of diminishing stress, keeping the communication lines open and helping with self-esteem. Read more below.

Blogs May Help Teens Reduce Social Stress | Psych Central News
Blogging may help teens improve their self-esteem and enhance friendships, a new study suggests. Moreover, the online activity is especially helpful for teens.

We could not finish this without something for the iPhone. There is the interactive Facebook and Time Warner Inc. app, " Stop Bullying: Speak Up Social Pledge" for educators, parents, and teachers.

New iPhone App Launched To Help Stop Teen Bullying | Myles N ...
The app, called “Stop Bullying: Speak Up Social Pledge App” offers information on preventing the spread of cyberbullying and asks teens to sign a pledge to speak up if the witness bullying. “The Stop Bullying: Speak Up ...

Lots of useful ideas. In addition, it's good to know how people are maximizing the potential of social media (etc.) to enhance the lives of teenagers.

How are you using social media and texting among the students in your youth ministry for the glory of God?
Loving God, Loving Neighbor
Developing Faithful Leaders for a Diverse Church and World Now and in the Future
Loving God, Loving Neighbor
Developing Faithful Leaders for a Diverse Church and World Now and in the Future

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