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Teenagers and Technology

Bre Hallberg
Bre Hallberg Tuesday February 23, 2010
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I recently saw that Swerve, Life Church’s blog, did an informal technology youth survey of 700 students, ages 12-18. Here are the results:

  • Number of students with internet at home: 652 (93.1%)
  • Number of students with cell phones: 610 (87.1%)
  • Number of students with internet on phones: 293 (41.8%)
  • Number of hours spent each week on internet (of 400 responses): 4,440 hours, an average of 11 hours per student.

The 5 most popular websites in order:
1. Facebook.com
2. Myspace.com
3. Youtube.com
4. Email
5. Google.com

So I was surprised talking to a leader recently, when she said that even though she has lots of teenagers involved in their ministry (what many find most challenging), communicating with them regularly is much harder. She thinks that they are so saturated with email, Facebook and texts that they don’t respond to any of it anymore. What do you think?

How do you communicate with teenagers in your ministry? What tips do you have or trends have you seen to help other leaders connect with their youth?

On a related note, Kara Powell, Executive Director of Fuller Seminary’s Youth Institute, talks about leveraging student’s familiarity and ease with technology by giving them opportunities to lead out in this area. They could be the teachers for a change! She says in an interview for Leadership Journal (Summer 2009), “That generation gap can be redeemed for kids if there are adults willing to explore the possibilities with them.” Do youth help and lead using technology in your ministries?

Bre Hallberg has been in ministry for 15 years. She began her career by helping start a church plant in Orlando, Florida, and has been on staff at Orange for almost eight years. She’s works primarily with Orange’s leadership resources and helping churches implement the Orange strategy. She still lives in sunny Florida with her husband, two kids, and giant great dane, named Hazel.