Warning: The 8 Crucial Social Media Guidelines

Please don’t mess up in this area. It’s easier than you realize!

Social media has changed how many interact with each other.  It’s how many connect, communicate and sadly for some, live their lives.  I can remember when I first heard students talking about Myspace, then Facebook, and all the other platforms that have followed.  Social media can be an effective tool for youth ministry in promoting the ministry and connecting with students.

It can also be dangerous.  I’ve heard stories and seen how youth workers have gotten into trouble because of how they have used social media.  It’s important that youth ministries set guidelines for how their leaders and their youth ministry will use social media. Here are 8 crucial social media guidelines. 

Please Don’t Copy This Student Ministry

It looks slick and successful.

Don’t confuse this with a healthy effective youth ministry. Believe me, you don’t want to make this same mistake… As I said, it looks like something great but looks can be deceiving. In fact, for this ministry it is all about the look. They believe that if the graphics and the social media presence are excellent, they can attract more students. Don’t get sucked into this approach. Here’s what’s wrong with it and how you can do much better. 

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…