Are you using a texting service to connect with teenagers?

The one thing that I have done right in the past few years is setting up a texting service.  The best part about having a proper texting service to communicate with parents and students is that all the messages are received.  It is unbelievable.  I remember looking at the stats after the first text I sent out, and sat back  and was amazed at the number that popped onto the screen.  It said that 100% of the messages were received.

If you are looking for a decent texting service you can check out eztexting.  These services are always changing, but if you are willing to do some work, you can find a great deal for a texting service.

Here is an info graphic called: A Day In The Life Of A Mobile Teen.

Here are a few things that stand out:

1. 75% of teens have phones.  Why are we not building a database for mobile phones?  Some texting series allow you to “collect” info on the people who are subscribed.  This can be a useful tool when trying to stay current in the students lives that come to your youth group.  I bet this stat is a bit old, and it is more like 85% of students have phones.  This will constantly grow.

2. 20% of teens make plans over texts.  Again, this is the reason why you need to have a texting service.  I do believe that some of the students that I work with don’t know what is going on.  We have all different kinds of social media, handouts, announcements and more.  But, when they received that text message they read it.

3. 64% of teens text in class.  Teenagers today are accessible anywhere.   This is both good and bad.  Every time that I set up a scheduled text message I make sure that it is 3o minutes after school.  I don’t want to bug teenagers while they are in class.  The best part of having a texting program is that the students text in a number to subscribe, but they can easily opt out at any time.  It sure makes me careful to not spam them with tons of useless stuff.

Those are few things that stood out to me from this info graphic called: A Day In The Life Of A Mobile Teen. 

What else stands out to you?  Anything surprising?

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    I use the service REMIND (formally remind101). It is meant for teachers, but fits right into youth ministry. It’s free and easy.

    • Thanks for the comment!! I will check it out. I love free!

    • YES! I use this service all the time, as well! Great app! A principal friend turned me onto it, and it has become a game changer for my crew. Thanks for the post, Kolby!

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