Social Media and our Children.

16 Mar

Montview co-pastor Cindy Cearley stepped in to lead our meeting on social media when the original speaker had to cancel.  A BIG thank you to Cindy for saving us!  Cindy wrote a summary, which she shared with the Montview congregation:

Last week I had the privilege of meeting with Montview’s MomTime Group. It’s a wonderful group of mothers and grandmothers who gather for friendship, support and spiritual nurture. They share the joys and the challenges of parenting and caring for children, and they invite speakers and friends to share knowledge and insights about parenting. Most importantly, they meet together. They laugh, cry, share with one another and they encourage one another.

The topic for the day was the impact of social media on children and families. While there were many thoughts shared and questions raised, I especially came away thinking about the importance and beauty of the connections we make with each other in the community of faith. Though social media can help to keep us connected with each other, it’s not the same as a face-to-face encounter with another child or another person. To be “known” and loved in a community of believers, to be recognized by others, to meet God in one another are the connections that make a difference in our lives.

I pray that these Tuesday e-mails help you feel connected to Montview. I hope that our website, our publications and the many ways we communicate with you are helpful.  And I hope that we will see you on Sunday or during the course of the week. To call each other by name, to offer a hug, to share a cup of coffee and together to seek God’s Spirit for our life together – these experiences are unmatched by any avenue of social media.

You can also view the formatted version of Cindy’s message on the Montview Facebook page and here.

Some points to ponder regarding social media and your children:

  1. Will you allow your kids to have computers in their rooms?
  2. How does it make you feel when someone doesn’t answer your text/email/post?  How would it make a child feel to be ignored?
  3. Do you think it’s possible to express compassion via computer or text messages?
  4. Do you think social media encourages voyeurism instead of a meaningful connection?
  5. How do you create boundaries on Facebook or Twitter?  Would a child know how to apply the same filters?
  6. Does being on the computer reduce creativity in children?
  7. How do kids feel when they see their friends posting about the fun activities, great presents, or new clothes in their lives?  Does it make you wistful or jealous when you see your own friends posting about only the good in their lives?

We’d love to continue this discussion in the comments section, or better yet, in person at our next gathering!

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One Response to “Social Media and our Children.”

  1. Liz Easterly (@stapletonmom) March 23, 2012 at 6:32 PM #

    Thought provoking… My kids don’t use social media yet, but I know I’ve had my feelings hurt (and I really put myself out there!) so I can imagine how a child could interpret silence, snarkiness, or other stuff. Yikes.

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