There’s a generation of people who won’t buy into the whole Social Media thing. They have lived for years without the Internet and they will be just fine without it. There’s another generation, my generation, that can remember what life what like before the Internet and Social Media and now is living in a Social Media world and we’re slowly making our way trying to figure out these great new tools and resources. There’s another generation coming up (our kids) who only know the Internet and Social Media. They will have a very difficult time imagining a world without its power and influence. To them “Social Media” is just called “talking” and “hanging out”.
What is Social Media: The Terms
Social media refers to the means of interactions among people in which they create, share, and exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks.
Some Examples of the Most Popular (There are Literally Thousands)
Facebook – Home Base for most kids
Twitter – my life in 140 Characters
Pinterest – Visual Profile
Instagram – “Tweeting” through pictures
MySpace – Music, Video
YouTube – Online low quality viral videos
All of these are fully integrated and connected through Texting, Phone Apps, your Computer.
What can you be thankful for?
1. Power of Influence- This generation can change the world faster than any other. I experienced the power of social media when my young daughters used it to raise over $5,000 in 90 days to dig a well in Bangladesh.
2. Other voices speaking into our kids lives – We have aunts, uncles, and grandparents all over the country who are now able to connect with their nieces, nephews, and grandchildren virtually every day.
What do you need to keep an eye on?
1. Power of Influence – First, friendship have become shallow as a result of Social Media and when friendships are shallow, it’s easier to hurt one another without remorse or thought to lasting effects. Secondly, These influences have a much deeper reach into our kids lives than when we were kids. It use o be that “bad kid” influences stayed at school every day when we came home, but now their influence continues on in the world of Facebook twitter, and Instagram.
2. Other voices speaking into our kids lives – Peer Pressure and Bullying are at an all-time high. One bad choice can and will go viral. We also find that both kids and adults are finding their identity in how many people “like” our stuff or interact with us on Social Media sites. No interaction= no friends… and a tough week.
3 Ways People Will Handle Social Media
1. Some people will fear it – “run away, run away”
Problem: “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.” – we’re not called to run.
2. Some people will ONLY use it – this is a tool to be used when it is needed.
Problem: One of the greatest benefits of Social Media is that it’s fun. People who only “use it” miss a lot of the enjoyment.
3. Most people will embrace it – You might as well know that it’s not going away so you’re going to need to prepare our kids for it.
Let you child change the world…better yet help them! BUT keep them safe while you’re doing it!
What’s your biggest fear with Social Media and your child?