In the first post in this series, we looked at 4 Reasons You Should Care About Social Media. Social media is everywhere, and it is not going to go away. You nor your kids will be able to hide from it forever.
The problem for many us, however, isn’t that we do not care. Rather, many of us are just overwhelmed and intimidated by the ever-growing, ever-changing world of social media.
We want to care. We want to help our kids walk in wisdom, but we don’t know where to begin.
In order to help you get started in shepherding your family through the digital age, I want to provide you with a few links that I have found helpful in navigating the internet and social media.
1. Covenant Eyes – There are so many reasons why you need to know about Covenant Eyes. They have options for reports that send browsing histories to accountability partners as well as web content filtering. There are options for both individuals as well as families. If you do nothing else, browse their website and read a couple of their blog entries.
2. XXXChurch – XXXChurch is a great ministry that serves as an online resource to fight addiction to pornography. Their program X3Watch provides accountability for all devices – desktops, laptops, tablets, and phones. This is another great resource that you should consider investing in for you or your family.
3. CommonSenseMedia.org – Common Sense Media is more than about just social media. This site includes important information on everything from movies to books to video games. In regards to social media, the site includes a helpful search feature that allows you to look up an app for more information.
4. ConnectSafely.org – This site constantly updates with helpful resources for you to navigate the internet and social media with your family. One of their best features is the “Parents’ Guide” series for popular apps like Instagram and SnapChat.
5. A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Social Media – This very short book is packed with helpful information and tips on the world of social media. As with any book about technology it will be a little dated as networks and apps grow and change, but the principles given in the book are invaluable.
6. Google – There’s this website called Google. It is amazing. Go ahead and click the link! You type something in, and it finds it for you. If there is something you are not sure about regarding social media, or if you’re overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin, then remember these two words: “Google it!”
These are just a few of many helpful resources in figuring out the always-changing landscape of social media. I hope that they will be helpful to you as you consider how you should lead your family in using social media.
In the next post, we are going to look at three of the kings of social media and what you need to know about each network.
So what do you think? Are there any resources that you have found that are really helpful and not on this list? Share them by leaving a comment.