Teen culture: Internet and Facebook


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Understanding the social networking phenomena; teaching teens how to use it responsibly; and how can we as youth leaders use facebook in our ministry.

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Teen culture: Internet and Facebook

  1. 1. Teen Culture - Internet Tips for responsible and God honouring use of the internet
  2. 2. Young People and the Internet • Lisa, 15, “I‘m frightened and want to do something about it but I don‘t want my parents to know about it.” • Sangetta, 14 - gave out her mobile number and now she is receiving obscene messages. • Daniel, 16 - was getting phone calls from a man he‘d met in an internet chat-room.
  3. 3. The Software
  4. 4. facebook
  5. 5. 500 million users worldwide September 2010
  6. 6. The Facts • Mark Zuckerberg • Launched in February 2004 • Facebook has now 500 million users! (Aug. 2008 = 100 million) • US$800 million revenue in 2009
  7. 7. What’s good about it? (from a young persons perspective) • It’s about me… my world… my views… • Share music, photos, video clips, invitations, weblinks • My space… not controlled by parents • My friends… our chat… talk when we want... • Make new friends… • Never miss anything... stay up to date... 24hr contact • It’s just fun
  8. 8. the negative side • When you click… It’s sent! • Takes up time • Open to abuse… • See or read unsuitable material • Bullying • The darker side - ‘online grooming’
  9. 9. Use it safely and wisely • Protect your identity • Control your privacy settings • Don’t post anything you would be ashamed of • Don’t stray • Don’t believe everything you see online
  10. 10. Harmful and explicit material • The greatest danger of the Internet is the ease with which harmful and explicit material can be accessed. • The largest group that views internet pornography is the 12 - 17 year olds.
  11. 11. covenanteyes.com OpenDNS.com
  12. 12. Encouraging teens accountability • The internet is used in private, unaccountable settings within friends homes, teenagers bedrooms. • Temptation is strongest when no one is looking and when no one will know. • A program like Covenant Eyes removes the secrecy and temptation of using the Internet.
  13. 13. Encouraging teens in ‘God honouring’ internet use • How we handle temptation in light of God’s Word - James 1:13-16, 1 Cor. 10:12-14 • The Lord’s Prayer “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil… - Mat. 6:9-13 • “Therefore, let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” - 1 Cor. 10:12
  14. 14. Encouraging teens in ‘God honouring’ internet use • Encourage the teenager to be like Daniel (1:8) - “But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself” • “Whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, …let your mind dwell on these things.” • Do what Job did “I have made a covenant with my eyes” - Job 31:1
  15. 15. Finally - Practical suggestions • Advise against a computer (or television) in the bedroom • Know what they are doing online (openDNS, Windows security) • Help them to protect their privacy • Encourage them to delete junk mail (keep nuisance messages as evidence) • Tell them never to meet up with online contacts • Parents should endeavour to keep communication lines open • Encourage them to block certain people and report
  16. 16. How not to use it for ministry • Use it to supplement real-world ministry • Learn, but don’t be a stalker • Be aware • Be present but not always present • Don’t play farmville (Source: Tim Chaillies)