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On Thursday, Jan 24th CPC Student Ministry hosted a Teens and Technology seminar.

Here are some of the notes:

  • “The pace of technological change has surpassed anyone’s capacity to develop enough wisdom to handle it” – Andy Crouch The TechWise Family
  • Teens send on average 60 texts per day (1800 texts a month)

  • Today — teens are less likely to party, get pregnant but more prone to anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts.

  • Teens are not out hanging with their friends but sitting at home staring at their devices seeing what their friends are doing without them. 

  • There is a 50% increase in a clinical level depression between 2011-2015

  • This is an invitation to step into the digital world of kids with a greater understanding (AWARENESS) and create a plan that’s right for your family

  • Young people use digital media as a resource to help them define themselves and develop the social connections vital in adolescence.

  • Today’s teens = digital natives — Today’s adults = digital immigrants

  • Our assumption as digital immigrants is that screen time means being disengaged or antisocial — but when our kids use social media they are checking in with each other. 

  • One mom shared….“we trust them until they give us a reason not to.  If there is a problem or issue, we talk them through it and then impose any additional safeguards or consequences we think necessary until they back the trust.  We then give freedom back a bit at a time and build back trust.  These are all teaching moments.

  • WE GOT TO PAY ATTENTION: It’s not a matter of if our kids will encounter explicit content and unwanted interactions, but it’s when

  • Digital citizens do not think through permanence.  They are leaving a digital footprint

  • Digital citizens copy their digital immigrant.

  • Digital citizens are way more tech savvy than digital immigrant. (VPNS, master photographers, AirDrop, LAN networks)

  • Digital citizens can appear anonymous and have many different online identities.

  • Instill in your digital citizen to value authenticity and empathy both online and offline. 

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Here were the 3 books that guided, shaped this seminar: