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SOCIAL MEDIA:
THE IMPORTANCE
OF NEW MEDIA IN
THE FAITH STORY
DR BEX LEWIS, DIGITAL FINGERPRINT

@DRBEXL @DIGITALFPRINT @BI...
ARE WE EQUIPPED FOR
THE ‘NEW’ REALITY?
MOBILE, MOBILE…
No surprise, then, that
Facebook is no longer a
place for uninhibited
status updates about pub
antics, but...
HTTP://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/
WATCH?V=GRIWUCXPO8U
SHOULD WE
DO
‘MARKETING’?
1 JOHN 3:1
“What
marvelous love
the Father has
extended to us!
Just look at it –
we‟re called
children of God!
That‟s who ...
LUKE 6:45
FOR THE MOUTH
SPEAKS WHAT THE
HEART IS FULL OF.
PUSH/PULL MEDIA…

Image Credit: Stockfresh
REV PROF DAVID
WILKINSON
God is a
communicating God:
“In the beginning was
the word”.
God is extravagant in
communication ...
We are not selling something to the world
that will make more people like us, believe
in our story, join our churches. We ...
CRIS ROGERS

We need to
spend time in
his presence
and then we
will have
something to
say.
JUST
BECAUSE YOU
CAN …
DOESN’T
MEAN YOU
SHOULD!
Image credit: RGBStock
WHO MIGHT READ IT?

God
Your Mum

‘The kids’
The newspaper

Your worst energy
H.A.L.T.

If you are Hungry, Angry,
Lonely or Tired, step away
from the keyboard/keypad
and deal with that issue
first.
ht...
@BENJAMINELLIS
It seems obvious, but sometimes that
anger isn‟t apparent until we see the
hurt reaction from our unintende...
WHERE ARE YOUR
LIVES ON DISPLAY?
“IF AN ALIEN VISITED…”
… and all they
had to see
was your
Facebook
page (or other
„public‟
profile).. What
would their
per...
THE CHURCH FRONT
DOOR?
For many churchgoing is no longer the
‘cultural norm’. People don’t actively ignore
the church: the...
THE METHODIST CHURCH
SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY:
•

Be credible. Be accurate, fair, thorough and transparent.

•

Be consistent. ...
Published by
Lion Hudson
February 2014
CAN SOCIAL MEDIA
BE POSITIVE?
• Wide range of information
• Increased connectivity and collaboration
• Educational benefit...
CAN SOCIAL MEDIA
BE USED POSITIVELY?
Post friend‟s suicide, Teenager set up a Twitter account giving
compliments to others...
YOUTH
LEADERSHIP
As a youth leader, it is a very convenient
way of messaging and informing members
of our youth group, and inviting them to...
PERMISSIONS/CONSE
NT
• Parent‟s permission before
contact
• Consent for use of photographs

• Catchall statement for
regis...
LANGUAGE

• Use clear, unambiguous
language, avoiding
abbreviations that can be
mis-interpreted.
• Take care with sign-off...
ACCOUNTABILITY
• Leaders/Young People develop
agreed „Internet Guidelines‟
• Line manager // access to social
media accoun...
CONFIDENTIALITY
• Be prepared for „deeper‟
disclosures
• Be clear on how much
advice/source you can give.
• Add a disclaim...
BOUNDARIES

• Work-specific device?
• Don‟t keep images of
young people on
personal devices

• Define curfews
Ref: Paul Wi...
SOME FURTHER
RESOURCES
http://network.youthworkonline.org.uk

An online community to debate the impact of digital technolo...
HTTPS://WWW.FACEBOOK.CO
M/DIGITALLYCONFIDENT
HTTP://WWW.SLIDESHARE.NET/DR
BEXL/TORTURED-BYTECHNOLOGY-CNMAC13
5.5  71
DISINHIBITION

The bully doesn‟t see the
distress that they cause,
feels safe from capture, and
protected by the
technolog...
DIGITAL ALLIES

Image Source: Stockfresh
Ferguson, a professor from
Texas A&M who researches
technologies‟ effects on human
behaviour:
“Youth today are the least
a...
@DRBEXL
@DIGITALFPRINT
@BIGBIBLE

Image source: Stockfresh
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55 minute session for those working with youth in the Harrogate/Doncaster area, thinking about the importance of new media in our faith.

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  1. 1. SOCIAL MEDIA: THE IMPORTANCE OF NEW MEDIA IN THE FAITH STORY DR BEX LEWIS, DIGITAL FINGERPRINT @DRBEXL @DIGITALFPRINT @BIGBIBLE
  2. 2. ARE WE EQUIPPED FOR THE ‘NEW’ REALITY?
  3. 3. MOBILE, MOBILE… No surprise, then, that Facebook is no longer a place for uninhibited status updates about pub antics, but an obligatory communication tool that younger people maintain because everyone else does. All the fun stuff is happening elsewhere. On their mobiles. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/20 13/nov/10/teenagers-messenger-appsfacebook-exodus
  4. 4. HTTP://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/ WATCH?V=GRIWUCXPO8U
  5. 5. SHOULD WE DO ‘MARKETING’?
  6. 6. 1 JOHN 3:1 “What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it – we‟re called children of God! That‟s who we really are.” (MSG) Image Credit: Seed Resources
  7. 7. LUKE 6:45 FOR THE MOUTH SPEAKS WHAT THE HEART IS FULL OF.
  8. 8. PUSH/PULL MEDIA… Image Credit: Stockfresh
  9. 9. REV PROF DAVID WILKINSON God is a communicating God: “In the beginning was the word”. God is extravagant in communication – he is not a silent God who has to be tempted into communicating with people. Image Credit: Durham University
  10. 10. We are not selling something to the world that will make more people like us, believe in our story, join our churches. We are trying to be something in the world that invites connection and compassion, encourages comfort and healing for those in need, and challenges those in power to use that power in the service of justice and love (Drescher, 127)
  11. 11. CRIS ROGERS We need to spend time in his presence and then we will have something to say.
  12. 12. JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN … DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD! Image credit: RGBStock
  13. 13. WHO MIGHT READ IT? God Your Mum ‘The kids’ The newspaper Your worst energy
  14. 14. H.A.L.T. If you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired, step away from the keyboard/keypad and deal with that issue first. http://redcatco.com/communication/stop-posting-socialmedia/
  15. 15. @BENJAMINELLIS It seems obvious, but sometimes that anger isn‟t apparent until we see the hurt reaction from our unintended victims, and by that point the damage is done, with the evidence there for all to see. And no, deleting the tweets later doesn’t help (hello Kanye West). At best you are going to end up looking a bit silly. http://redcatco.com/communication/stop-posting-socialmedia/
  16. 16. WHERE ARE YOUR LIVES ON DISPLAY?
  17. 17. “IF AN ALIEN VISITED…” … and all they had to see was your Facebook page (or other „public‟ profile).. What would their perception of your life be? Image: RGB Stock
  18. 18. THE CHURCH FRONT DOOR? For many churchgoing is no longer the ‘cultural norm’. People don’t actively ignore the church: they don’t even think about it. Matthew 5:13-16 calls us to be salt and light in the world, and for thousands in the ‘digital age’, that world includes social networks such Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest. With literally billions in the digital spaces, the online social spaces presented by churches need to be appealing, welcoming, and not look like they are just an afterthought: they are now effectively the „front door‟ to your church for digital users, and you ignore those spaces at your peril. http://www.churchgrowthrd.org.uk/blog/churchgrowth/gro wing_churches_in_the_digital_age Image Credit: Sxc.hu
  19. 19. THE METHODIST CHURCH SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY: • Be credible. Be accurate, fair, thorough and transparent. • Be consistent. Encourage constructive criticism and deliberation. • Be cordial, honest and professional at all times. Be responsive. When you gain insight, share it where appropriate. • Be integrated. Wherever possible, align online participation with other communications. • Be a good representative of the Methodist Church. Remember that you are an ambassador for Christ, the Church and your part of it. Disclose your position as
a member or officer of the Church, making it clear when speaking personally. Let Galatians 5:22–26 guide your behaviour (fruits of the spirit). • Be respectful: respect confidentiality. Respect the views of others even where you disagree. http://www.methodist.org.uk/ministers-and-officeholders/technology-and-church/social-media-guidelines
  20. 20. Published by Lion Hudson February 2014
  21. 21. CAN SOCIAL MEDIA BE POSITIVE? • Wide range of information • Increased connectivity and collaboration • Educational benefits • Global nature of online • New creative opportunities • Learning criticality • Increased accessibility for those with disabilities
  22. 22. CAN SOCIAL MEDIA BE USED POSITIVELY? Post friend‟s suicide, Teenager set up a Twitter account giving compliments to others online: http://mashable.com/2013/05/04/sweet-compliments-twitter After school Code Clubs are running: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greatermanchester-news/talking-digital-teaching-manchesters-children4750001 A child developed a high-capacity battery with fast recharge: http://mashable.com/2013/05/22/super-capacitor-eesha-khare/ Child produced cheap test for pancreatic cancer: http://www.thinkingdigital.co.uk/speakers/2013/jack-andraka Pledge to use the Internet for good: http://www.aplatformforgood.org/index.php/pledge/use-yourpower-for-good. Fun with technology: http://www.aplatformforgood.org/summer
  23. 23. YOUTH LEADERSHIP
  24. 24. As a youth leader, it is a very convenient way of messaging and informing members of our youth group, and inviting them to events and [connecting with] each other when we're not together… Sadly for your child to be the only one in a group NOT to have access to Facebook can itself be a matter for isolation - they may not get invitations to youth events for example, and ridicule and bullying for being the 'odd one out'. (Parent, 16-19)
  25. 25. PERMISSIONS/CONSE NT • Parent‟s permission before contact • Consent for use of photographs • Catchall statement for registration forms – assumes opt-in unless opt-out. Ref: Paul Windo, Urban Saints
  26. 26. LANGUAGE • Use clear, unambiguous language, avoiding abbreviations that can be mis-interpreted. • Take care with sign-offs Ref: Paul Windo, Urban Saints
  27. 27. ACCOUNTABILITY • Leaders/Young People develop agreed „Internet Guidelines‟ • Line manager // access to social media accounts • Second leader „in the room‟ • Save messages/disclosures for use later if required. Ref: Paul Windo, Urban Saints
  28. 28. CONFIDENTIALITY • Be prepared for „deeper‟ disclosures • Be clear on how much advice/source you can give. • Add a disclaimer on how you might need to share their information. Ref: Paul Windo, Urban Saints
  29. 29. BOUNDARIES • Work-specific device? • Don‟t keep images of young people on personal devices • Define curfews Ref: Paul Windo, Urban Saints
  30. 30. SOME FURTHER RESOURCES http://network.youthworkonline.org.uk An online community to debate the impact of digital technologies on work with young people; and about the policy or practices of digital youth work. http://www.youthworkessentials.org Developed by „You Scotland‟, a set of resources designed to help you develop quality and inclusive programmes for young people. http://youthworktoolbox.com A site set up by a UK practitioner to share advice, guidance and resources, which have all been tested and proven to be effective. http://www.cypnow.co.uk/category/disciplines/youth-work An offshoot of the magazine designed for professionals working in the sector.
  31. 31. HTTPS://WWW.FACEBOOK.CO M/DIGITALLYCONFIDENT
  32. 32. HTTP://WWW.SLIDESHARE.NET/DR BEXL/TORTURED-BYTECHNOLOGY-CNMAC13
  33. 33. 5.5  71
  34. 34. DISINHIBITION The bully doesn‟t see the distress that they cause, feels safe from capture, and protected by the technology, able to say things that they would never say offline.
  35. 35. DIGITAL ALLIES Image Source: Stockfresh
  36. 36. Ferguson, a professor from Texas A&M who researches technologies‟ effects on human behaviour: “Youth today are the least aggressive, most civically involved, and mentally well in several generations .” „Imagining the Internet: Millennials will benefit and suffer due to their hyperconnected lives‟, Pew Research Center, http://www.pewinternet.org/~/media//Files/Reports/2012/PIP_Future_of_Internet_2012_Young_brains_PDF.pdf, 29/2/12
  37. 37. @DRBEXL @DIGITALFPRINT @BIGBIBLE Image source: Stockfresh

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