The goal of this Edge Night is for the young people to explore the role of technology in their lives, recognize the impact it has on us – especially in the way we communicate – and identify ways that we can use technology (and especially social media) in moderation.
Edge Night at a Glance
The Catechism of The Catholic Church says, “The means of social communication (especially the mass media) can give rise to a certain passivity among users, making them less than vigilant consumers of what is said or shown. Users should practice moderation and discipline in their approach to the mass media.” (2496). The night is an opportunity to reflect on the ways we use technology and the media and how it affects our relationships – including our relationship with God.
The night seeks to enable the young people to come to conclusions about which aspects of their technology use are for good and which are not. The night starts with each small group creating a Catholic app. The night continues with a short video about the ways we are connected online and via social media. The teaching breaks open the topic further so that in small groups the young people can talk and reflect on the pros and cons their technology and media use. The small groups will create a “technology challenge” to encourage moderation of their media use, and will also brainstorm ways they can use technology to share their faith with others. The night ends with some “Face Time” with God – closing out with Eucharistic Adoration.