Here is this weeks infographic.  Do you promote youth ministry communicate to your jr.youth program?  A few years ago I was promoting how my youth ministry created a jr.youth facebook page.  I quickly realized that it was against the law for students under 13.  I made a decision then to not promote facebook communication to preteens.    What do you do?  Do you promote facebook groups/pages to students under 13?

Here are a few things that stand out: 

1. 38% of children under the age of 12 are already on facebook.  Here is one reason why some youth pastors have facebook groups for students under 13.  4 in 10 kids at age 12 are on facebook.  I personally don’t think this is a great thing, and the fact that facebook allows you on at the age of 13 is almost a rite of passage for teenagers.   You can report someone who is under age and facebook will actually delete them!

2.   86% of parents are friends with their child on facebook.  This is really encouraging.  Of the 86% parents, I would love to know how many parents have their child’s password and checks on their facebook regularly?  I am glad that parent are connected, but they need to be more than just connected.  Parents need go be intentional about their kids social identity.

What else stands out? Leave a comment below.  

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