How do you use technology in your youth ministry? 

We need to figure how to to work better with a digital native culture.  One thing that I know, is that we are not going back.  We not going back to a pre-digital era.  I have talked with a few youth workers who think that reading on a digital device hurts retention, and that they recommend students to only read paper Bibles.  Reading this infographic called, “Kid Tech”, should make us wonder how we will help students read the Bible, and how we can use their devices in their spiritual relationship with God.

Here are a few things that stand out from this infographic: 

1. 7 out of 10 kids are using tablets.  This past christmas a ton of the students in my youth ministry got iPads, and iPad mini’s.  I was amazed at how many students received these expensive devices, but it shows a new era of digital consumption.

Seeing students with iPads and iPad mini’s makes me think how we can help them use those devices to draw closer to God?  We have talked about setting up a texting service that would text out a verse for 30 days.  We have tried to use bible reading plans, and scripture videos, and anything else that might “stick”.  I feel like this is still an adventure, and we are quickly learning how to reach teens who are digital natives.

2. iPad students out perform non-iPad students.  This is really surprising.  The stats I have been reading say that kids who use digital devices don’t retain information as print.  I don’t believe this.  I agree with this infographic when it says it offers a deeper engagement.

Kids are quickly adapting to a digital world, and people who didn’t grow up in it are struggling…and will continue to struggle through a digital era.

I heard of a youth group recently who’s pastor keeps all the students phones while they are at the youth group.  I wondered why you would take away their device?  When I preach, I want my students on their phones.  I want them to have a Bible app, and know how to use it.  I want the students I lead to tweet out passages, and thoughts.  I want their faith to affect their whole life…including the digital life.

Those are two things that stood out to me.  What else stands out to you from this infographic? 

Kid Tech, According To Apple [Infographic]

Infographic by MDG Advertising

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