Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat…Oh My!

Media is an ever-present thing in our society. It is also ever-developing and changing. My friends and I were just reminiscing over the way that we’ve seen media develop right before our eyes as we’ve grown up. During this conversation we–

  • We marveled over our brain’s ability to memorize our friends numbers so we could call them from our landline (and wrap ourselves up in the phone cord as we talked).
  • We vividly remembered when our families got their first computers and the first time we ever got “online”, even though we had no clue what that meant at the time.
  • We laughed at the fact that we only had one game (snake, of course) to play on our brick-like phones in high school.

And now look how far we’ve come. Case in point? I just put down my smartphone so I could type this blog on my laptop to post for you to read it via social media on your smartphone or computer. Mind=blown.

But you might be over here like, “Yeah, yeah. Media is everywhere. So what’s the big deal?”

Media left unchecked can quickly turn into a beast that none of us is equipped to slay. Since we did not grow up in a generation where media was literally at our fingertips every minute of the day, it is hard to know how to parent and relate to our kids who are growing up in this media-saturated generation.

A parent of one of our students emailed us the link to this blog today and we found this infographic so interesting and eye-opening that we wanted to share it with you as you seek to parent and disciple your child well in the midst of all the media. Take a look at how media consumption has changed over the past 20 years.

Teen Media Infographic

What things stand out to you from this infographic? Comment below and let us know.

If you are at a loss when it comes to parenting and media, know you’re not alone. Reach out to us. We would love to get you some resources and walk alongside you as you seek to honor the Lord by discipling your kids and teaching them that Jesus is better, even than their latest selfie on Instagram.

This post was written by Mollie Tyler, Associate Student Minister. 

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