I'm currently writing a paper on the challenges and opportunities of social media facing youth & children's workers and parents in their roles of raising and discipling the 'connected generation.' On my travels I have found a series of blogs written by Rebecca Levey. She has several short posts with really practical and well thought out tips and ideas for RULES FOR SCREEN TIME in her family. As she puts it,
"The lure of technology in our lives is so strong; the goal has to be to figure out how to teach our kids to master technology and not let technology master them."
Click this link to read one of her posts titles, 'Parent's Dilemma: Are you raising tech-addicted kids?'
Canon J. John writes about the 'kidswithoutgod.org' website, with a stark challenge reminding us of the high price of holding on to truth in the light of concerning, although at times amusing cultural swing at Christianity. READ THE ARTICLE HERE...
Click the link below to read a great blog post about why, and whether we should be thinking again about our space and how it looks and feels. All the time I was reading it, I was thinking about children, young people and their families... What are we doing to provide an amazing, fun and comfortable place for them to come together - during our services AND otherwise....
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BLOG BY ONE BEAT.... 'FEELS LIKE HOME'
A lot of my work with Youth With A Mission is about mobilising young people, children and families into cross cultural mission, usually, due to life stages involving schools and colleges, for the short term of between two weeks and three months.
Such short-term missions teams come under fire for being a waste of money, better spent on people in need and not a flight, 'flash in the pan' ministry that has no bearing on long term change in a given area, and largely about the young person or child having a great experience. While these criticisms are understandable, they are also perhaps based on misunderstanding, and done well, the fruit, influence and impact of such trips can be vast and significant.
Firstly, it is true that it will be significant for the young person on the trip. For them, there is a significant discipleship element to the trip. They will encounter God's love for others in a new way and they will perhaps be forced to rely on God in a way they never have before. Not only that, but when under pressure in a new, sometimes uncomfortable place, with a team of people, your character is put under a magnifying glass and a whole lot of ugly is exposed some of which you can't ignore!
My musings. Opinions my own, and potentially not that thought through!