Using Social Media with Youth
Charlotte McCorquodale, PhD
Ministry Training Source

S
Let’s Get to Know Each Other

S Who, What, Where?

S Why did you choose this workshop?
S What is one issue or trend that y...
Where are
we headed
today?
 Examine research on social

media use.
 Share about where
teenagers are with faith
today.
 ...
A day in the life of
social media….
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iReY3W9ZkL
U

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2013 Social Media
Statistics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yxuljHX09I

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US Bishops on Social Media
“Because it is so different from mass media and
mass communication, social media is creating a
...
Natonal Study of Youth and Religion

According to Dr. Smith, “In our in-depth
interviews with U.S. teenagers, we
also foun...
Natonal Study of Youth and Religion

According to Dr. Smith,
“religion actually appears to operate
much more as a taken-fo...
Subjective Measures
84% of Catholic
youth say it is
somewhat
(42%), very
(31%), or
extremely (11%)
important in
shaping th...
Objective Measures: Mass
attendence Catholic Youth Parent of
Frequency of
Attendance

Catholic
Youth

All Youth

More than...
“…American youth actually share much
more in common with adults than they do
not share, and most American youth
faithfully...
Generational &
Intergenerational
 iGeneration (2001 - )

 Millennials (1980-2000)
 Generation X (1964-1979)
 Boomers (...
iGeneration &
New Ways to Learn
 digital natives: web, social networking, digital

media
 ability to use technology to c...
Teens and Technology
2013 Pew Research
S

78% of teens now have a cell
phone, and almost half (47%) of
them own smartphone...
What is the
message you
want to
share?
Milestones
Faith Formation
Develop faith formation (learning,
worship/ritual, faith practices) around
lifecycle milestones...
What are the
milestones in teenagers
lives that we can
celebrate?

S
How do we flip the faith
formation classroom for teens?

S http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H4RkudFzlc
S http://www.youtube...
http://instagram.com/
http://youtube.com/

• More than 1 billion
unique users visit
YouTube each month
• Over 6 billion hours
of video are watch...
http://bustedhalo.org/

https://outsidedabox.com/
Presentation Sources

S Pew Research: pewresearch.org
S http://www.pewforum.org/2010/02/17/religion-among-the-

millennial...
Youngstown session 3 social media with youth
Youngstown session 3 social media with youth
Youngstown session 3 social media with youth
Youngstown session 3 social media with youth
Youngstown session 3 social media with youth
Youngstown session 3 social media with youth
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  • Youngstown session 3 social media with youth

    1. 1. Using Social Media with Youth Charlotte McCorquodale, PhD Ministry Training Source S
    2. 2. Let’s Get to Know Each Other S Who, What, Where? S Why did you choose this workshop? S What is one issue or trend that you believe is a challenge you face in forming young disciples? S What is one question or issue you hope we discuss today?
    3. 3. Where are we headed today?  Examine research on social media use.  Share about where teenagers are with faith today.  Identify various ways today’s generation uses various forms of social media.  Discuss practical uses for using digital media and social networking in youth ministry
    4. 4. A day in the life of social media…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iReY3W9ZkL U S
    5. 5. 2013 Social Media Statistics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yxuljHX09I S
    6. 6. US Bishops on Social Media “Because it is so different from mass media and mass communication, social media is creating a new culture on this Digital Continent. Young people use it as their first point of reference....The implications of that for a church which is struggling to get those same young people to enter our churches on Sunday are staggering. If the church is not on their mobile device, it doesn’t exist. The Church does not have to change its teachings to reach young people, but we must deliver it to them in a new way.” 6
    7. 7. Natonal Study of Youth and Religion According to Dr. Smith, “In our in-depth interviews with U.S. teenagers, we also found the vast majority of them to be incredibly inarticulate about their faith, their religious beliefs and practices, and its meaning or place in their lives” (Soul Searching, p. 131)…“Catholic teenagers also tended to be particularly inarticulate about their
    8. 8. Natonal Study of Youth and Religion According to Dr. Smith, “religion actually appears to operate much more as a taken-for-granted aspect of life, mostly situated in the background of everyday living, which becomes salient only under very specific conditions” (Soul Searching p. 130).
    9. 9. Subjective Measures 84% of Catholic youth say it is somewhat (42%), very (31%), or extremely (11%) important in shaping their daily life. (NFCYM Report, p. 34) Interest level in learning more about religion Percent Cumulative % Very interested 23% 23% Somewhat interested 51% 74% Not very interested 20% 94% Not at all interested 6% 100% Total 100%
    10. 10. Objective Measures: Mass attendence Catholic Youth Parent of Frequency of Attendance Catholic Youth All Youth More than once a week 6% 5% 16% Once a week 33% 37% 24% 2-3 times a month 13% 15% 12% Once a month 8% 8% 7% Many times a year 8% 5% 8% Few times a year 21% 18% 14% Never 11% 12% 18% Total 100% 100% 100%
    11. 11. “…American youth actually share much more in common with adults than they do not share, and most American youth faithfully mirror the aspirations, lifestyles, practices, and problems of the adult world into which they are socialized….adolescents may actually serve as a very accurate barometer of the condition of the culture and institutions of our larger society…American teenagers actually well reflect back to us the best and worst of our own adult condition and culture.” - Christian Smith, National Study of Youth and Religion (2004) 11
    12. 12. Generational & Intergenerational  iGeneration (2001 - )  Millennials (1980-2000)  Generation X (1964-1979)  Boomers (1946-1963)  Builders (up to 1945)
    13. 13. iGeneration & New Ways to Learn  digital natives: web, social networking, digital media  ability to use technology to create a vast array of content  learning style: active, engaged, creative (project-centered), visual, practice & performance, digital  formed by media & visual learners  openness to change  desire for immediacy
    14. 14. Teens and Technology 2013 Pew Research S 78% of teens now have a cell phone, and almost half (47%) of them own smartphones. That translates into 37% of all teens who have smartphones, up from just 23% in 2011. S 23% of teens have a tablet computer, a level comparable to the general adult population. S 95% of teens use the internet. S 93% of teens have a computer or have access to one at home. Seven in ten (71%) teens with home computer access say the laptop or desktop they use most often is one they share with other family members.
    15. 15. What is the message you want to share?
    16. 16. Milestones Faith Formation Develop faith formation (learning, worship/ritual, faith practices) around lifecycle milestones, sacramental celebrations, and life transitions to deepen people’s faith, strengthen their engagement in church life, and equip them with practices for living their faith.
    17. 17. What are the milestones in teenagers lives that we can celebrate? S
    18. 18. How do we flip the faith formation classroom for teens? S http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H4RkudFzlc S http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H4RkudFzlc S http://confirmation.stedward.com/
    19. 19. http://instagram.com/
    20. 20. http://youtube.com/ • More than 1 billion unique users visit YouTube each month • Over 6 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube—that's almost an hour for every person on Earth, and 50% more than last year • 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute
    21. 21. http://bustedhalo.org/ https://outsidedabox.com/
    22. 22. Presentation Sources S Pew Research: pewresearch.org S http://www.pewforum.org/2010/02/17/religion-among-the- millennials/ S Lifelong Faith Associates: lifelongfaith.com S Faith Formation 4.0 Julie Lyles S Faith Formation 2020
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