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Media and the Eighth Commandment

Life Night Outline

Goal of this Night

The goal of this Life Night is to help the teens understand the importance of perception through social media. This night will also challenge the teens to be people of integrity when they use technology and to commit to using media in a healthy moderation.

About this night

More and more, media is becoming a bigger part of our everyday lives. This Life Night seeks to help the teens understand how media and the Eighth Commandment work together. The night will begin with a friendly competition between small groups to come up with the best “status updates” for different topics. Following the competition, the teaching for the night will challenge the teens to use media with responsibility and integrity. In small groups, the teens will discuss their use of media and create a plan that helps them limit the amount of time using media. Finally, the night will close with a reflection on Pope Benedict XVI’s message on the role of media in our current culture.

Parental Notice

Whether or not you are on Facebook, social media has become a very big part of everyday life. For teens, social media sites are a default when they are bored or working on a project or homework. The majority of their “friends,” or followers, they’ve never met. As parents, it is important to keep an ongoing and open conversation about your teen’s use of social media. At Life Night this week, we are discussing the Eighth Commandment as it relates to media. We will challenge the teens to be people of integrity and use media in moderation with honesty and dignity. Here are a few discussion questions for the week:

  1. What role do Facebook or other social media sites play in your life?
  2. Do you feel more connected to your friends on Facebook than our family?
  3. In what ways can I help you moderate your use of social media and technology?
  4. How do you see the Eighth Commandment as a good guardrail for the use of media?

 

Environment

This environment is all about social media. On the walls around the meeting space, create “status updates” from your Core Members. These updates can also come from the teens throughout the week. On a screen, have a live Twitter feed from Core and teens. Create hashtags (i.e #LifeNight) for your teens to use in their Twitter updates. Create large logos from the current major social media sites out of cardboard or poster board and hang them in the front of the room.

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