5 Ways to Bully-Proof Your Kids’ Social Media

Bullying

Children grow up in a social media saturated world. This world is full of possibilities: instantly communicating with friends and family across the world, learning opportunities, or seeing photographs from every corner of the world. However, social media, with all it’s advantages and promise, also has a shadow side that ministry leaders and parents must face: bullying.

Bullying finds a home in social media. Attacks are instant, anonymous, and widespread. Here’s five ways to bully-proof your kids’ social media.

1. Be in the know

Kids have access to digital devices earlier than they are able to hold them upright. Most children will learn how to navigate a smartphone or tablet is akin before they can recite the ABC’s. Get to know your kid’s device. How are they using it? Is it password protected? Does your child have access to download and install any new app? You’re in charge. Get educated on the devices and apps your kids use.

2. Be together

Would you let your child cross the highway by themselves? Allowing kids to go online or use social media websites without your supervision is akin to allowing them to cross a highway by themselves, blindfolded. Use it with them. Allow them to sit with you as you interact online. Work together to create accounts and set up passwords and protection.

3. Be a teacher

One of the best things you can do is teach your child how to flag inappropriate content on social media sites. Here’s the basic steps for:
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter
Learn them. Teach them.

4. Be mindful

Friendships are powerful forces in our lives. Encourage healthy friendships for your children. Certainly friends can become bullies, but mindfully and prayerfully consider what kinds of friendships to encourage and nurture in the life of your family. Be vigilant for signs of a bullied child as well. Is the Internet history cleared? Does your child turn off the computer or close the laptop when a parent enters the room? Are they upset when they get off the computer, withdrawn, or isolated? Look up and notice.

5. Be a first responder

If your child or a child in your ministry is bullied online, be the first one to respond. If you’re a children’s ministry leader, pray with the child and talk to the family.

More Posts

Kids talking in a group

10 Scary Things That Today’s Kids Think

This article was written by Chuck Peters, Director of Lifeway Kids. My team and I have done a deep dive into research on Gen Z and Generation Alpha to help Kids and Student Ministry leaders better understand how we can best reach the next generation with the gospel. The research

Read More >

Creating a Children’s Ministry Assistant Job with Your Role in Mind

Ministries that are growing can encounter new challenges and opportunities. Throughout the history of God’s people, spiritual leaders have needed to expand their influence by raising up leaders to help maintain existing and new responsibilities. In Exodus 18, Jethro encouraged Moses to expand his leadership team by creating many assistant

Read More >

Planning Outreach Events for Greater Impact

A leader only has a few opportunities to put on events that impact their external community. You may only get 2-3 chances a year to do an outward-facing family-friendly event, inviting people from your town or region. Hopefully, these considerations will help improve the impact of your events.

Read More >

Three Reasons Ministry Leaders Can’t Ignore Digital Discipleship

This is an excerpt from “Time to Update: 7 Areas to Integrate Digital Discipleship into Your Children’s Ministry Strategy” by Brittany Nelson, creator of DeeperKidMin.com and INCM Partner. There are many positive and negative opinions about the next generation’s obsession with the digital world and how the digital world is

Read More >
INCM

Get Your Free Creating Moments Guide!

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Join the list, and we'll send you more info on coaching.

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Join the list, and we'll send you the INCM Member invite!

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Get Your Free Video Devotional & More!

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Get Your Free Prayer Experience Guide!

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Get Your Free Felt Safety for Kids Guide!

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Get Your Free Trauma Assessment Resource!

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Get Your Free Policy Review Framework!

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Receive Encouragement, Get Exclusive Offers, and Much More

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Be the first to hear about the coaching release in 2020!

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.