This past Sunday, pastor Daniel Montgomery mentioned a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation on the online lives of children and teenagers. Kids are online a lot! The new SweetHearts candies for this past Valentine's Day are a small evidence of the influence media is having on culture. I know that many of you are fasting from television or social media during the season of Lent. The Kaiser study and other resources I have listed here provide some food for thought while you're fasting from Facebook:
- If you haven’t yet read it I encourage you to read the report and glance at the slideshow the folks at KFF have posted online. Pretty amazing statistics!
- Walt Mueller has developed a helpful tool that teaches kids to think Christianly and critically about all the media they consume. It’s called, How to Use Your Head to Guard Your Heart: A 3(D)Guide to Making Responsible Media Choices. The material teaches young people to filter their media choices through three conscious steps: (1) Discover, (2) Discern based on Biblical Principles, and (3) Decide based on value and conscience. Access a free Leader’s Guide for this tool here.
- You can also read the New York Times article, “If Your Kids Are Awake, They’re Probably Online.”
- And take a look at Dr. Al Mohler’s reflections on the study.
HT: Doug Wolter