Teenage Tech Advice

Last week I had the privilege of teaching at Doug Field’s 2013 Student Leadership Conference in Dallas (the next two are in July). Wednesday night when I arrived, I interviewed a bunch of student leaders, recording their answers for my “Lure of the Glowing Screen” workshop.

I asked these student leaders the following question: What advice would you give to a young person if they just got a new iPhone for Christmas?

Here are some of the answers I received:

“Don’t drop it!”

“Don’t let it become an idol in your life. You need to honor God first.”

“You gotta be careful with Siri because it will mess up your words and sometimes it will put in something that you will never ever want to put down in a text message, or post online, or anything like that.”

“Don’t let it take control of your social life. Don’t let it dictate what you do. Just be smart with it.”

“Probably the most important thing you will ever find out about your iPhone is that iPhones can’t swim.”

“Just remember your passion for God and watch what you do.”

“The most important advice I can give you is to not drop it in the toilet.”

“Don’t do anything you would be comfortable doing in front of your grandma.”

“Don’t let anyone lock your iPhone.”

“You don’t always need your phone because it can get addictive and if you’re not addicted to the Lord, it’s not good to be addicted to anything.”

“Don’t wash it.”

There you have it. Wise words from today’s teenaged leaders.

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About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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One Response to Teenage Tech Advice

  1. Pam says:

    HA! My husband’s iphone 5 took a swim when a rogue wave overtook us in Cape Town. We actually managed to recover it and with a little bit of repair, I am using it. I loved the comments. Wish we could get you to come here and speak to parents. There is a real need for these kinds of conversations. (Pam in Botswana)