Here is our weekly infographic, and it is a good one.  I have been wrestling with the idea of cell phones and what they are doing to the students in my youth ministry.  I think these devices are shaping and changing their identities.  No other generation has been more accessible.   The students I work with have their cell phones on all the time.  They are constantly connected.  This is a positive thing in many situations, but what if the student in your youth ministry is being bullied 24/7.  What if they are being sent sexual images?  I think this will have huge ramifications for the next generation.  Lets take a moment to look at this infographic on teen sexting.

Here are somethings that stand out to me:

1. 53% of teens who sext are girls.  This is devastating to me.  I have a little girl, and I pray and long for her identity and worth to come from God, and not what other guys say about her.  Girls need a deep understanding if who they are, and how they are created in the image of God.  I often wonder about the girls in my youth ministry, and how they are buying into the lie that their worth comes from likes on facebook or instagram.  That is a sense of value that leads to depression.  There is no other time in history than today that the teens we lead need to hear the Gospel repeatedly.

2. 48% of teens have received a sexually suggestive message.  We really need to help parents navigate this.  I hope that when my kids are teens, I will have other youth workers who can help me parent teenagers.  Parents today need guidance in how active should they be in the digital life of a teenager.  I would say that they need to be present, and in control.

What other things stand out?  Please leave a comment below! 
     

the truth about teen sexing

 

Source: U know kids