Even though the most popular social media platforms might change, one thing is certain: Social media is here to stay. The question is, how is it affecting us? This week, join ministry leaders and Social Media Pastor Dave Adamson as they talk about the effects of social media on our students, how we can better partner with parents in this area, and what it looks like for a student to have a healthy relationship with social media.


  • Instagram is the most used social media platform in 2018 and moving into 2019. (4:00)
  • Currently, YouTube is the number one social media platform for teenagers and the second top search engine behind Google. (6:45)
  • Social media enhances relationships. (8:30)
  • What are some of the benefits of social media for teenagers? (10:50)
  • Social media makes it easier to feel connected to other people. (11:00)
  • Social media allows students to be exposed to needs in the world and be part of it. (15:00)
  • When teenagers have the opportunity to see different viewpoints on social media, they are going to be able to relate to people differently. (18:00)
  • We are aware of the addiction to social media but we don’t talk enough about it. (24:30)
  • Social media is a breeding ground from anxiety. (25:00)
  • Eighth graders who spend 10 or more hours on their phone each day are 56% more likely to say they’re unhappy. (25:00)
  • What does it mean for a student to have a healthy relationship with social media? (35:30)
  • We must teach teenagers how to enjoy things in moderation. (36:30)
  • Is this thing controlling you or are you controlling it? (38:30)
  • Youth Pastors: Learn the “why” behind social media. (47:00)
  • Leverage the tension of social media to partner with parents in your youth ministry. (48:00)
  • Impressing people on social media requires marketing teams, digital teams, and design teams, but including people on social media costs nothing. (51:00)
  • When it comes to social media, prepare students for it instead of protecting them from it. (55:00)


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