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“ The church should not hesitate to engage the modern digital technologies which can be vehicles for communicating. It is our sacred duty, however, to ensure that our communication mirrors God‘s creative love.”
what the church says Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth)
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.
What technology tools do you want to use? Blogging Microblogging Social Networking Media Sharing Direct Communication Other Tools
Blogs (from “web-log”): websites or portions of a website with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other materials such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. adapted from Wikipedia www.blogger.com www.tumblr.com www.wordpress.com What technology tools do you want to use? Blogging Microblogging Social Networking Media Sharing Direct Communication Other Tools
CASE STUDY: Parent Portal Blog on www.mccym.net allows for easy posting of “10 minute read” articles related to parenting, youth culture, current topics at youth night, etc. TIP: If you’re looking to create a basic website for your parish youth ministry but you don’t have a lot of time, skill or financial resources, a free blog from blogspot or wordpress is a great way to get started sharing information!
Microblogging a broadcast medium in the form of blogging. A microblog differs from a traditional blog in that its content is typically much smaller, in both actual size and aggregate file size. A microblog entry could consist of nothing but a short sentence fragment, an image or embedded video. adapted from Wikipedia www.twitter.com www.flocknotes.com
CASE STUDY: During NCYC 2009 we used a twitter account to keep parents and supporters back home updated on what we were doing in Columbus. We also used twitter to send our participants reflection questions and reminders about bus pick up times & curfew. TIP: Twitter is a great way to send short bursts of timely information (e.g., “youth night has been cancelled for tonight because Chris is in New Orleans.See you next weekend!” )
Social Networking an online service focused on building and reflecting of social networks or social relations among people who share interests and/or activities. A social network service essentially consists of a representation of each user (often a profile), his/her social links, and a variety of additional services. adapted from Wikipedia www.facebook.com www.myspace.com
CASE STUDY: This year our Youth Leader Team used Facebook to create an “event” listing for our annual youth ministry kickoff cookout event. They invited their friends and they were able to see who was planning to come in advance. TIP: You don’t have to be the Social Networking expert. Creating and maintaining a Facebook or Myspace presence is a great project for a young leader or group of young leaders, as long as they have appropriate adult guidance.
Media Sharing Sites which make it easy to upload and share media such as video, pictures, sound clips, etc. www.youtube.com www.flickr.com www.wingclips.com www.keepvid.com
CASE STUDY: Wingclips has a free library of video clips which you can search by topic. For example, if you’re looking for a clip on status, Wingclips will suggest clips from movies like Mr. Deeds and Rudy TIP: If you’re going to use a clip from the internet in a presentation you can try using a site like www.keepvids.com to download it to your computer. This way you don’t have to rely on an internet connection. Just be aware of copyright limitations.
Direct Communication refers to targeted communication to or with specific users or groups of users (e.g., e-mail, text messaging, etc.) Sms Gateway www.simplyyouthministry.com/txt.html www.constantcontact.com
CASE STUDY: We use SMS Gateways to send text message reminders to students every week. We also use this service to send cancelation notices and other short pieces of information. TIP: Sometimes you have to send more than you can fit in a txt message. Be sure to follow up important e-mail messages with a txt message reminder to students to check their email accounts!
"The new communications media, if adequately understood and exploited, can offer priests and all pastoral care workers a wealth of data which was difficult to access before, and facilitate forms of collaboration and increased communion that were previously unthinkable. If wisely used, with the help of experts in technology and the communications culture, the new media can become—for priests and for all pastoral care workers—a valid and effective instrument for authentic and profound evangelization and communion."