Use social media, Tweets, blogs and texts

Use social media, Tweets, blogs and texts

The majority of young people and many children are totally immersed in the world of social media. Although it has many issues and misuses, it does enable them to communicate instantly and regularly. The church in many cases is lagging behind in its use of social media due to a fear and lack of understanding of it and due to some of the negative press that it gets. However, some churches and bishops have fully embraced the use of social media and their ministry is better informed. If we use social media to listen to the voice of young people we need to follow strict guidelines. But the benefits could be regular communication, instant responses on things that matter to them, wider online dialogue and savings on costs. Churches can host a closed Facebook, Tweets and blogs etc. to communicate and gather opinions. Texts and emails can be sent out in groups to gather views and opinions using open language, but online surveys may be more effective sometimes. If you are unsure of how to do this, let the children/young people lead the way.

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