Digital. Pictures. Are. Permanent.
The internet opens the world to us through words and pictures. We have access to unlimited information using multiple sources and devices. This information can be easily shared, commented on and reshared instantly. Did you know? Twitter users are posting 140 million tweets a day. On average, 95 million photos are uploaded daily on Instagram. Approximately, 3 billion snaps (Snapchat) are created every day, and there are over 5 billion video views each day on YouTube. Whether searching for a topic of interest or scrolling through social media, our children, teens and young adults are inundated with images. Once seen, an image cannot be ‘unseen’.
Are all of these images supporting the healthy growth and development of children? This purpose of month’s email is twofold. First, it provides information to help parents have conversations with their young children around what to do when inappropriate images are encountered online. Secondly, for parents with older children, this email shares links on the topic of sexting, the sending and receiving of sexual messages (words, photos, videos) using technology. Some of our teens have received unsolicited intimate pictures or have been asked to share intimate pictures. How can we help children make decisions that promote the dignity of self and others? How can parents support their children around the topic of sexting?
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#Relationships in a Digital Age will focus on encouraging our students to better connect with those they are with, to promote face-to-face interaction, to live in the present, to persevere without distraction, to avoid screen time that isolates or leads to over-indulgence, to take healthy relational risks, and to find the quiet of the mind in a way that will allow time for both God and others to be a part of their lives.