RYM 058: The Effects of Social Media on Students

Even though the most popular social media platforms might change, one thing is certain: Social media is here to stay. The question is, how is it affecting us? This week, join ministry leaders and Social Media Pastor Dave Adamson as they talk about the effects of social media on our students, how we can better partner with parents in this area, and what it looks like for a student to have a healthy relationship with social media.

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EPISODE RECAP

  • Instagram is the most used social media platform in 2018 and moving into 2019. (4:00)
  • Currently, YouTube is the number one social media platform for teenagers and the second top search engine behind Google. (6:45)
  • Social media enhances relationships. (8:30)
  • What are some of the benefits of social media for teenagers? (10:50)
  • Social media makes it easier to feel connected to other people. (11:00)
  • Social media allows students to be exposed to needs in the world and be part of it. (15:00)
  • When teenagers have the opportunity to see different viewpoints on social media, they are going to be able to relate to people differently. (18:00)
  • We are aware of the addiction to social media but we don’t talk enough about it. (24:30)
  • Social media is a breeding ground from anxiety. (25:00)
  • Eighth graders who spend 10 or more hours on their phone each day are 56% more likely to say they’re unhappy. (25:00)
  • What does it mean for a student to have a healthy relationship with social media? (35:30)
  • We must teach teenagers how to enjoy things in moderation. (36:30)
  • Is this thing controlling you or are you controlling it? (38:30)
  • Youth Pastors: Learn the “why” behind social media. (47:00)
  • Leverage the tension of social media to partner with parents in your youth ministry. (48:00)
  • Impressing people on social media requires marketing teams, digital teams, and design teams, but including people on social media costs nothing. (51:00)
  • When it comes to social media, prepare students for it instead of protecting them from it. (55:00)

RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE

Article – Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

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VOICES IN THIS EPISODE

BRETT TALLEY

BRETT TALLEY

Brett is an XP3 Orange Specialist with Orange after spending 11 years in full time ministry. He’s been married to his amazing wife since 2004. They have three amazing and hilarious kids who constantly keep them busy and laughing. He loves baseball, golf and makes amazing turkey melt sandwiches (if he has the time and ingredients, otherwise they’re just average).

ASHLEY BOHINC

ASHLEY BOHINC

Ashley Bohinc serves as the Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange, co-host of The Think Orange Podcast, and co-author of The Art of Group Talk. She’s worked with students in public education, athletic, and ministry settings since 2005. Ashley is most passionate about resourcing the local church, communicating onstage, developing leaders, working with students, and engaging in world missions. Additionally, she’s the USA Director of Carry 117. In her downtime, you’ll find her watching Friends, cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers, traveling, reading, or on one of her Fairytale Friday Adventures.

TOM SHEFCHUNAS

TOM SHEFCHUNAS

Tom Shefchunas is the Executive Director of Student Strategy at Orange. In this role, he leads the development and strategy for XP3 Middle School and High School curriculumPreviously, Tom was North Point MinistriesMulti-Campus Director of Transit, their middle school ministry, for 12 years. And before that, he spent 10 years as a high school teacher, coach, and principal. Additionally, he is the co-author of Lead Small with Reggie Joiner. Tom and his wife, Julie, live in Cumming, Georgia, with their three children, Mac, Joey, and Cooper.

DAVE ADAMSON

DAVE ADAMSON

Hey, I’m Dave! Much to the surprise of my high school English teacher, I made a living as a TV reporter on one of Australia’s top sports networks. But I turned my back on the high-paying world of sports media to become a professional Christian, moving to the US with my wife, Meg, and three daughters, Chelsea, Ella, and Jordyn. I’m now based in Atlanta, Georgia, where I am the Social Media and Online Pastor at North Point Ministries, play guitar, take photographs and help out wherever needed.

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Orange Conference 2018