A minor part of the Sunday message was on social media usage by children, teens, and adults.
Here are basic assumptions I have about social media.
TWO: Like every other invention, social media is wonderful when it works on behalf of good purposes and it is harmful when it is turned to other wrong ends. It has become the means by which just about everything that is bad in our culture can be accessed with alarming ease. And the bad things are being accessed with even more alarming frequency.
For just a minute, here is the dark, dangerous side of the Internet and our 24/7 ease to access it.
Among the greatest dangers of social media is the overwhelming presence of pornography. Here is an article (safe to read) that give the statistics about pornography. It is rightly called the new drug addiction.
These statistics are so overwhelming they are hard to believe.
Even when it comes to good things, too much of a good thing makes it a bad thing.
Last week, my colleague Adam sent me a link that had cartoons about cell phone use. Each picture spoke a thousand words. Access that site, scroll down, and look at each one. It is called The Death of Conversation: 57 Images of How Smartphones Take Over Our Lives.
This is what our growing time on social media is doing to us.
FOUR: Our goal is not to eliminate social media in our lives. The need is to properly manage and regulate it. Right now, most of us have established habits of social media use. They will not be easy to change. Our children and teens have these habits as well. The role of parents and adults is to help those entrusted to us to manage well what they will do on their own. This is not a once-and-done conversation. It is an ongoing one.
Two books that can help are pictured below.
Tech-Wise is short. It is good, but not quite as practical as Disconnected.
Disconnected is really designed for parents who want to help their children before the social media habits are entrenched in their teen years.
May you find the strength to fight this good fight.