Robertson’s 6 Responses to Tech and Your Teen

Can you keep up with  your teen and tech? 

The impact of the digital world is so powerful and pervasive that it’s almost impossible for most of us to keep up. That’s why I am so thankful for people like Walt Mueller (CPYU) and Paul Robertson (Youth Unlimited) who do the hard work keeping up with the changes and challenges posed by cyber space.

Here are 6 practical responses from Paul Robertson for parents:

Social Media Destroying Teen Girls?  3 Things you Must Do!

Is it really?

I just recently read an article titled; How Social Media is Destroying the Lives of Teen Girls.  In many ways it is a very scary article.  In fact it is worthwhile for you to read.

The article is interacting with an author who wrote a book about the effects of social media on teen girls.  In a nutshell this article argues that teen girls are being objectified, sexually harassed and are addicted to social media.

Teen girls being addicted to their phones is not news to any of us.  However, I needed to be reminded that girls are being objectified and sexually harassed with social media.

We have heard the stories of girls being pressured to give promiscuous pictures or being called vulgar names on social media.  So as youth workers what do we do?  Here are 3 things…

Selfies, Students & Mental Health

Danny Bowman attempted to kill himself

…because he couldn’t capture the perfect selfie. But his case is extreme, right? What about the average student who posts a new selfie a few times a week? How harmful can that be? More than you think. Here is what some recent research is saying and what you can do about it.

What Every Parent Should Know about Social Media

What’s Going On?!

This week I had the privilege of spending an evening with parents and pastors, presenting what is going on in the world of social media. I wish you could have been there! I guess the next best thing would be receiving my notes from the session so here 4 of the highlights and a link to download my notes.

6 Strategies to Get Screen Time Under Control

Netflix is playing…

and your teen keeps looking at their smart phone. It’s called media-multitasking but most parents call it annoying. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 8-18 year olds devote 53 hours per week to this pursuit. You are right to be concerned about what this will do to their physical and mental health. Here are 6 strategies to get screen time under control…