Posts Tagged ‘social networks’


7 wise ways to speak into and guide your teen’s digital life

cyberbullies, sexting, texting, IM, teens and social networks, Toni Birdsong, Christians onlineHis divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. ~ 1 Peter 1:3

This is the third and last post in a series on parents, teens, and Facebook.

By Toni Birdsong
It takes courage to be a parent in this digital age. However, we often forget it takes more courage to be a teen.

Think back to junior high and high school. Think about the peer pressure, the competition, the cliques, and the conflicts. Now, magnify that. Imagine carrying that weight of the hallways home with you every single day.

That’s what kids today have to do. As digital natives who have grown up with mobile devices and social networks, teens must communicate and “get through” social jungles we never dreamed of.

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What Christian Parents Need to Know About Facebook

First in a three-part series on parents, teens, and Facebook.

by Toni Birdsong
One of the most common questions I get asked by parents is if it’s okay to let their son or daughter have a Facebook page. The first thing I do is gage where they are emotionally with social media. Then I listen. To their concerns. To their hearts. It’s a really big deal. Facebook has added an unexpected—and sometimes overwhelming—dimension to parenting today.

The good news is that God has given us as parents everything we need to lead these beautiful, expressive, swift-moving digital natives He’s entrusted to our care.

To clarify, this series is written to Christian parents in general and does not address the exceptions that exist in every family.

In general my answer to the Facebook question is yes. You should let your teen have a Facebook page if and only if you intend to monitor it—consistently. For teens today, Facebook is a vital connection channel where life, friendship, art, memories, music, and conversation intersect hourly—whether parents agree with that, or even like it.

That doesn’t mean that Facebook is a free-for-all graffiti wall for kids to write or post anything they feel like. Proverb’s directive to Christian parents to “Train up a child in the way he should go” extends to the digital hallways and hangouts.

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50 top live sticky tweets & posts to share

It’s Potluck Friday, which means it’s time to share.

This week we’ve been all about how to #LiveSticky. To #LiveSticky is the biblical charge that our words, lives, and digital interactions transcend—and transform—the 24/7 chatter and turn people’s hearts to the things of God.

To bring this calling home, here’s a list of our top 50 #LiveSticky re-tweets/posts for you to use. Let’s light up this place like the Fourth of July—in His name and for His fame.

1. Extend. Astonishing. Grace. #LiveSticky
2. Put the devil on notice: nothing that can separate you from the Love of Christ. #LiveSticky
3. God’s not anointing who you want 2 be or who you try 2 be. He’s anointing who He designed you 2 be. #LiveSticky
4. Fear keeps you up all night while faith rocks you to sleep. Identify the fear & hand it over to Jesus. #LiveSticky
5. Miracles are taking place as we speak. Some will see them, others will walk right past. #LiveSticky
6. Awaken your heart to the things of God. #LiveSticky

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Live Sticky: what it means and why it matters

At least once a week we get a direct message or a comment like this: “Sticky Jesus? I just don’t get it,” or we get the quick but stern “that’s disrespectful.” Thankfully, about 8 times out of 10 we get “brilliant, I love it!”

This week we’re all about how to #LiveSticky online; what it means, why you should care, and how your decision to #LiveSticky can impact the landscape of eternity.

We chose the title of our book, @stickyJesus: how to live out your faith online very carefully. No other title would do, because no other mission mattered as much. To Live Sticky (#LiveSticky) is a challenge issued to all Christ followers engaging online that they reflect the heart and character of Christ. It’s the biblical charge that our words, lives, and digital interactions transcend—and transform—the 24/7 chatter and turn people’s hearts to the things of God. It’s a call to stand for Christ in a culture that is falling for everything.

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7 tips to maximize your time online

You have given me only a few days to live. My whole life doesn’t seem like anything to you. No man’s life lasts any longer than a breath. – Psalm 39:4-5, NIRV

If you were told you had only a week to live, chances are you wouldn’t spend your last precious hours surfing, clicking, and LOLing. Living in the Land of Shiny Things extracts all sense of time.

Time simply slips away. What you think will take a few minutes takes an hour. There’s always a form to fill out, an email to answer, an attachment to send, a profile to update, or a comment that just can’t wait.

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2011: for such a [wired] time as this

For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? – Esther 4:14

This week we’re talking about balance in a wired world—finding it, keeping it, and what God’s word says about it. We’ll dive into time management, the emotional side of social networks, and setting personal and family ground rules.
But before the how to, we wanted to stop and consider the divine time to which we’ve been born. We hope this brief photo tour will spark your perspective and challenge you to #LiveSticky as a Christ follower in a wired world.

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