3 things teens need to know about social media

Social networks have marked a change in our adult lives, but they have so much more, revolutionized the way of going through the delicate period of adolescence.

AToday, the teenager no longer evolves in a closed circuit with his family, his group of friends, school and TV. He has an extraordinary openness to the world via social networks. Unfortunately, it is not always about the real world, but rather a picture of our world, the one that their too many "friends" and our society try to convey to them.

Behind every connection, every content created, every photo shared, there are dangers. Distortion of reality, waste of time, depression, dangerous games, pornography… Teenagers are at risk on social networks. They are, however, part of their lives. The challenge for adults now is to teach them to live with these tools, to use them rationally and why not to use them for the proclamation of the Gospel.

Here are 3 truths every teen should keep in mind when using social media.

  • Know the danger

One of the great faults of human nature has always been pride. Pride drove the descendants of Noah to build a tower "whose top touches the sky" to make a name for themselves.

This is the danger of social networks: pride, making a name for yourself at all costs.

You have to do everything to avoid being "nobody", you have to talk even if you have nothing to say, you have to be intelligent, sexy, adventurous or important ... Even if it means playing a game, faking your image , to lie a little.

  • Know the consequences

This is what people do in Babel's time. They tampered with. They took bricks instead of stones, and bitumen instead of cement.

They said to each other: Come on! let's make bricks, and cook them in a fire. And the brick was for them stone, and the bitumen was for them cement.
Genesis 11: 3

Whatever the reality, the solidity of the construction ... The appearance is safe. This is what our teens and many adults do on social networks. We must be aware of it in order to protect ourselves from it. My "friend" doesn't necessarily have a dream life, she shows me that her life is a dream. But the reality can be quite different.

So why couldn't he play the game of forgery? Quite simply, because in the same way that he caused the destruction of Babel and the confusion of the peoples, he brings destruction in the young lives of adolescents. Because it is a form of lie which at the end of the road turns out to be destructive for everyone.

Because this game creates confusion. The identity defined by the prism of the social network is only a chimera, an unstable tower, destined to collapse.

  • Use the tool in a relevant way

Social networks are, however, an extraordinary tool, with great potential. Any tool can be used for a bad or a good project. Once they identify the danger and integrate the consequences, teens can grab the tool for a blessed project.

On social networks, they will be able to meet new people, share new ideas, learn from the faith of others, open up to a complex world, confront their opinions… They will be able to give attention instead of waiting for it. others, to be an instrument of blessing for someone who suffers… Later, they can use it to make Jesus known by being in tune with their generation.

And it is the responsibility of parents in the first place, as well as educators, to alert, to inform, to discuss, to exchange in order to help teenagers to mature in their use of social networks and to protect themselves from all dangers.

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source: The rebellion

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