Social media making kids less “social”

My friend Ryan brought this YouTube video to my attention… a creative insight into how social media is making us less “social.” It’s super short, incredibly insightful… and guarantied to provoke conversation.

Here’s the video and some followup questions to engage in meaningful conversation with your kids:

Questions you could ask:

  1. What’s one thing that he said that really stuck out at you?
  2. Is he right? Explain.
  3. Why do you think he argued that social media makes us “anti-social”?
  4. Why do you think he says many of us with huge friend lists are actually “friendless”?
  5. He said we measure self worth by followers. Do you think people fall into that kind of thinking?
  6. What are some ways we can make sure that our devices don’t divide us?

For more discussion on this subject, take a peek at my book, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kids.

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, and You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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One Response to Social media making kids less “social”

  1. VideoPortal says:

    Social media is no longer just a social activity, and using technology is no longer just a way to pass time. It is a way of life, and problems surrounding it are making their way into society.