There is a new trend on Twitter that has regularly been hitting the United States and International trending list: “Today’s Kids Will Never Know Trending Hashtag” (#todayskidswillneverknow). I’ve done a little digging and found a bunch of tweets that I love the tech angle. I don’t buy the “we are better because we had to suffer” point of view, especially with tech. But the nostalgia is definitely fun.
As we look at church social media policy, I’d like to share a pertinent personal experience. I’ve been on staff at my church since 2006, and in that time, I’ve been fairly engaged in social media. No big deal, right? Then, 2016 happened, and everything changed. I don’t like President Trump. I think he’s crass, narcissistic, and erratic. Feel free to disagree with me—that’s the benefit to living in a free, democratic society—I can have opinions you don’t like, and it won’t affect you at all. But there have been times when I expressed my opinions about the president poorly, and I offended some of my friends.
Social media has become such a normal part of life that it is almost weird when you’re not on it. This applies to both churches and organizations as individuals. There’s an expectation that, even in limited terms, it is a way to contact and connect with you. The novelty has worn off, and more people and organizations are reconsidering use of social media. Reasons vary. From mental health to giving energy to more core activities. For these and other activities, people and organizations quit social media and delete their accounts. Before doing that there are things to consider before deleting social media accounts.
It’s the first Friday of 2020 everyone! Let me present you with a charcuterie and cheese board of posts to start off your Friday.
Have you ever imagined what the world would look like if everyone looking at their phone had a monster coming out of their screen? Well, I’ve got some things to show you.
A few months ago, John MacAurther’s “go home” comments created a lot of discussions. Audio that would have normally occurred behind closed doors and remained behind closed doors — becomes public and spreads like wildfire.
This week on the podcast we discuss how technology now enables the capture and spread of behavior far more easily than in times past. What does that mean for us? And what about all the times we personally share our thoughts on something — only to find that we change our minds in the future?
Do you check the ratings of movies and video games before your children consume them?
What about YouTube or other online streaming services?
Resources like Common Sense Media are wonderful resources but are there other things to consider?
This week on the podcast we discuss our personal approaches and several things to keep in mind as parents — and even as Uncles, Aunts, Grandparents, friends, etc. as a content gatekeeper for children.