Level 6 Children/Family Work students, Youth Work students
You’re looking to provide information, engage in dialogue, listen to your audience … build a community who will be interested in the other things that you do ..
EXERCISE: Stand up if you… (discuss) THINK WHICH MOST APPROPRIATEHave a Facebook account (is it personal/work?)Check a social media site before you talk to anyone else in your house in the morningHave a Twitter account (is it personal/work – are these overlaps acceptable?)Have tweeted or posted a Facebook status update in the last 2 hoursTweeted from the wrong Twitter accountHave decided to ignore a particular social media site for a specific reasonUsed a digital camera?Watched a YouTube video?Read a paper newspaper in the past week (the Metro counts)?Read an online newspaper in the past weekA fan of social mediaAre NOT a fan of social mediaHave considered talking down a competitor instead of talking up yourself (on a social media site)If you chose a particular URL shortener for a reason rather than picking randomlyLove what you/your work stands for.Have any form of social media strategy in place? 10 minutes
Activity: Find someone you don’t know & in 30 seconds each way, exchange as much as possible about interests – see if you can find any in common… This is what much of SOCIAL media is about –about finding something in common… using that as a starting point to build relationships… why you’ll hear me and many others tend to emphasise QUALITY of relationships rather than QUANTITY.
Online/offline = REAL – not the same, but real! In the same way as you may emphasize different parts of your personality with different people – with your parents, your friends, your kids… online you may emphasise different aspects of your personality in different spaces… but at the centre of it all you are YOU! Photoshopped selves?
What think about Christian specific social media platforms … helpful or not?It’s not uncommon for a pastor to live in an entirely different neighborhood or community than the people in their church. So, if there’s little opportunity for face-to-face interaction throughout the week, it’s only natural for pastor(al team) to find ways to immerse themselves in the online communities that their congregation is spending so much time in. Zuckerberg – community
Qualman – 4 mins (business focused & 18 months old, but worth thinking about…)
If you want to see what people have enjoyed in the past year … what will people watch?! Yes,… cats… no we’re not going to look!! Sure the new one will be out shortly…
Ever seen this? Quite old now (last year!), but quite helpful in demonstrating the purpose of different spaces online and which aspects you may emphasise.. E.g. on Twitter looking to build relationships around common interests, whereas Facebook to develop those you already have – will change the kind of things that you can say…
A doc that I adapt for various purposes – the most recent January … so prob about time to update… – gives an idea of what each tool online is … and what it might be useful for….
Talk about VALUES want to stand for – and how many need to help others understand them…
What does it mean to be a disciple in the digital age – e.g. the frape example… good exercise to get kids to come up with 10 commandments of social media – they take ownership & can sign up to it… we hope that good models will influence others…
This was kinda summed up at a recent conference…
Within the church we need to think about how we engage more - this is the model many churches have now… (as a educational developer, I note that many teachers do this too….)
Can we move towards something more like this – what does this mean for church leaders, especially you as youth leaders…?
Within education we talk a lot about personal learning, and opportunities to work WITH the positive & UNIQUE characteristics of kids… technology can allow us to allow more space to express ourselves… so long as we don’t block that kind of opportunity…
We instruct parents also… We make ‘moral judgements’ on parents … we’re a culture that emphasises individual responsibility – I am known to do so too… certainly think parents have to take some responsibility, but what can we, as a society do to help… Those of us who work online tend to emphasise collaboration and collective working – though certain individuals are still deified… (power structures online/offline)
With that in mind – again want you to take a couple of minutes to think about what YOU are aiming to do as a youth leader… and start to think about what this looks like in the digital space… Lead by example – all new technology provides constraints/affordances…
What do you want people to DO when they are engaging with you online…
Covers a lot of digital culture, designed to take the fear out of using it – seen as the biggest sticking point for most… so useful for all, but with particular focus on those aspects that affect kids
Digital literacy is NOT about trying to do everything digitally … but INCLUDESlearning how to live with(in) the digital age. Often say never lived without digital tools – but don’t necessarily know how to use them well!
See Jake, used to sharing through peer-to-peer networks (myth of the digital native … own niece/nephew and look at own range of experiences)…
These are the kind of arguments that are typically raised AGAINST use of digital technology…
Typical example includes e.g. the function of e.g. Blackberry Messenger in the London Riots…
Again, that theme of working with their friends …
I tend to refer to ‘human nature amplified’ … so this section from a book just released ‘The Parent App’ is interesting … as one might expect - bad things happen online because they can happen anywhere (the technology is incidental)… but also many of the kind of stats that are highlighted demonstrate that society is safer for children than it ever has been… She notes that technology may have introduced new risks – but also new ways of negating those risks… e.g. educate children to check in with parents on mobiles, etc. if they are worried about someone, etc…
Good example of that is that social media was used far more for the big clean up…
Think about how the nature of the web has changed over the few years its been online:Web 1.0 was passiveWeb 2.0 is more activeWeb 3.0 is immersive
No fixed answers = to think about! Just 2 mins to discuss, then feed in briefly! Just taking mobile phones as an example… could also discuss the introduction of paper – can be seen as ‘disruptive’ … people can doodle & not pay attention when you’re talking… E.g. thinking we make more flexible plans, cancel more … what happens when your battery runs out? Do you feel lost/relieved, etc.?
The expectations of the younger generation may be different (although much also the same – forget ‘digital natives’) – but the nature of the technology has also changed, and the better we understand that – the more we are capable of using it well – and encouraging all of our community to use it well: 1) Material is persistent by default – difficult to remove2) Material is easy to change, replicate & share – making it difficult to distinguish between originals/replicas3) An isolated prank can go viral … may not be what the original person chose – but what the community chooses to amplify4) Anyone can be found/identifiedCan we think of activities that will encourage children to think about this…
As you’ll see from that link, there’s a decent amount of information online already – please don’t spend hours reinventing the wheel –make use of the information online – not just about this kind of stuff (safeguarding) – but sharing activities that we can do – we all want to move kids journies forward – if we use other’s materials we can think how to apply more personally…
Know your stuff – keep tabs on content related to your course, etc… e.g. Google Alerts via keywords…
Basic essentials – don’t give away too much info, trust too many downloads/other people who they say they are, keep parents in the loop…
Look for SIMPLE changes that you can make – e.g. the suggestion from research amongst the Youth & Children’s team at the Methodist Church is that you don’t friend any of your youth group (and I never friended students) .. Others would argue that it’s more transparent & traceable/permanent than e.g. a phone call and that you can be a strong role model in that space…Learn the privacy settings… what are YOU comfortable with? Ensure you have the right POLICIES in place … Police may check this if there’s an issue… Thoughts?
Remember that anything that you write online – even in private messages, etc. are easy to copy & paste – and out of your control onve you write them down… quite a good benchmark is thinking of these people who might read it … it may place limitations on what you write – being open and authentic does not mean shove it all out without filters!!
If you’re going to have a policy, have something like this – v. simple. Example with Damaris…
Think about what is possible with this – one of the benefits of not seeing someone’s face is can be easier to speak out against some more difficult things… ask more difficult questions, etc.. If can encourage people to encourage each other, check in, note that they’re praying for each other, etc. (normalising their faith also..)
We do need to think about how we’re going to deal with particular cases of cyber-bullying, and “cries for help” – have to be taken seriously but can’t put the responsibility all on one person... Again, this is a developing area, but I would look for churches to think about what they would do in such situations, and have specific people to contact (should be part of their overall policy, but social media maybe makes it easier for people to engage in these activities).
Cyber-bullying is one of the things that raises most fears … again, need to talk to kids about what constitutes bullying, etc. Raise awareness, give space to speak out – being aware that this can spread much faster, and invade the home in ways that previously bullying couldn’t….
Schools can do this, but what could youth clubs do with this – raise opportunities for discussions with parents and the kids… understand what it looks like, and what possibilities there are for e.g. blocking spiteful Skype messages, etc. and the importance of not giving away passwords, etc…
Youth leader/bully thinking towards the end of this presentation – don’t really have time to go through them all here (or if we do, we’ll go here!)
Listen to them – debunk digital native idea – may not know, know how to use well, or want to … But listen out for problems… etc.
Work WITH the tech, rather than against it… don’t’ see it as something separate but work it into what you are already doing… it’s about the right tool for the right time … sometimes the right tool will be pen/paper, sometimes the technology..
Encourage healthy activities – take them out exploring the area.. Encourage them to think can they e.g. use this for some sort of getting people to think?
Produce something that people would like to engage with – my students did something like this – and spotted at #CNMAC12 last weekend – simple idea – be photographed like this – put it on your Facebook page & be tagged! May be issues with kids – but get pics of people prepared to STAND WITH!
Get them to follow, talk about, people that inspire them…?
Help them uncover who they are … without giving away TOO much information –e .g. about their geographical information…
Encourage them to e.g. see - 2 mins..
Final word – remember – there is always a human being at the other end of the keyboard… think before you type…Questions?
Youth & Social Media, Oasis College 2013
Media: The Impact on
Children & Young
Dr Bex Lewis, Digital Fingerprint
How does this
change us in our
work with youth?
• Instead of trying to
children who are good
at taking tests and
things, schools should
on said. Not all kids
are good at the same
things, and the Ken Robinson
shouldn't pretend they
should all turn out the
same, he said.
Why teaching is 'not like making
motorcars’, by John D. Sutter, CNN,
March 17, 2010 7:00 a.m. EDT
parenting in an
• What about the
• “Jake told the executive that he
never goes directly to a brand
like this man’s newspaper or even
to blogs he likes. ... he reads a lot
of news – far more than I did at
his age. But he goes to that news
only via the links from Digg,
friends’ blogs, and Twitter. He
travels all around the internet that
is edited by his peers because he
trusts them and knows they
share his interests. The web of
trust is built at eye-level, peer-topeer.” (Jarvis, p.86, my emphasis)
• Digital media
• Taking away abilities to do things they could
do before, or do things they shouldn’t do
• Ruining people’s ability to make meaning
precisely/accurately with language
• Social relationships – becoming isolated or
meeting up with ‘the wrong kind of people’
• Changing the way that people think – easily
distracted – unable to construct/follow
• Social identities - are these ‘genuine’, and
how much do you have control over?
• Over the year, many of the young people I worked with
wanted to talk about the events of last summer [Riots].
Would they be tempted to respond to a message such
as: "It's all kicking off at PC World – where r u?" I asked
them. "It depends on who sent it," was the reply. But who
would they turn to for advice if things started going
wrong: teachers? Parents? Police? ChildLine? To which
the almost unanimous response was: "No way, we'd only
be able to talk to our mates, they're the only ones who
• All technologies offer
AFFORDANCES, CONSTRAINTS and
change SOCIAL PRACTICES
• What has been made possible with the
introduction of mobile phones?
• How have mobile phones limited our activities?
• How have our social practices/habits, etc.
changed since mobile phones?
Who might read it?
•Your worst energy
• The Methodist Church social media policy:
• Be credible. Be accurate, fair, thorough and transparent.
• Be consistent. Encourage constructive criticism and
• Be cordial, honest and professional at all times. Be
responsive. When you gain insight, share it where
• 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.
SOCIAL MEDIA & PASTORAL CARE
“Schools can run ongoing education
programmes to make children aware of
the issues, how to respond and report
bullying and how to be good digital
citizens; by being accountable for their
own actions, respecting and being aware
of the feelings of others.”
• All images in this presentation are screenshots, from
Royalty free sites, or have been paid for.
What have we looked at?
•Social Media: Why?