Page 29

HEARTBEAT : YOUTH

27

SOCIAL MEDIA: THE DIGITAL CONVERSATION By Lily Goh

We are living in the age of media convergence – newspapers, books, radio, television and even cinemas have been integrated to a screen on our smart phone or other digital devices. With this comes a load of other concerns, such as,

On 25 August, over 30 enthusiastic parents gathered for the Conversation Series on Social Media: The Digital Conversation. The event was held at Faith Methodist Church and those who came, had the desire to upgrade their parenting teens “software”.

“How do parents control their children’s screen time?”

Carol Loi, who was the guest speaker, is a Digital Literacy Educator, Parent Coach and Regional Director of GOV (Generations of Virtues). The session explored media trends (think current – Snapchat is passé), psyche of youths (their search for identity), technology (think augmented versus virtual reality) and sexuality (think NC13 or R18 but realistic parental concern). Throughout the session, we received golden nuggets on how to guide teens in harnessing the power of technology for Christ.

“What contents are they consuming behind the screen?” “How do we distinguish whether they are ‘interested’ or ‘addicted’ to these contents?” As parents of teenage children, there seems to be a tension between “we” and “they”, especially on the onset of teen hood. It is when we see our offspring developing from boy to man and girl to woman, that we have more questions than answers. CONVERSATION SERIES: WALKING WITH TEENS To equip eager-to-be-better parents to brace against the new world that we live in, the TTB* Parents Support Group inaugurated the “Conversation Series” to help address the needs faced by both parents and teenagers.

Yes, there is a need to talk because nagging does not work! Parents, we must start walking and have conversations with our youths! Join us for the next conversation series! Lily is a member of Faith and attends the 1030am Contemporary Service. On some Sundays, she also worships at the Youth Service where she serves as a Team Leader.

For more information on the TTB Parent Support Group and the next Conversation Series, please email alison010114@gmail.com.

The interestingly interactive session did not feel like three hours. We were all rather sad to leave. The clock started to tick loudly after 5pm as Carol concluded the session with four keys for parents to help their children avoid high risk behaviours: Family Connectedness, Clear Expectations, Father’s Role and Media Discernment.

* TTB stands for The TackleBox, which represents the youth ministry of Faith Methodist Church.

FAITHLINK . JANUARY 2019

Profile for faithmc

Faithlink (January 2019)  

Faithlink is the magazine of Faith Methodist Church, published 3 times a year for internal circulation within the congregation of Faith and...

Faithlink (January 2019)  

Faithlink is the magazine of Faith Methodist Church, published 3 times a year for internal circulation within the congregation of Faith and...

Profile for faithmc
Advertisement