Social Media Smarts: Guiding Kids in Our New Media Culture

The social media revolution has changed how kids grow up. Here’s how to help the kids you love navigate this new reality.

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Have you noticed how much time kids spend on their phones? It’s probably hard not to! Not to mention worrying about what they’re encountering on social media…

Thankfully, you don’t have to be a social media guru to help the kids you love safely and faithfully navigate online media.

In this upcoming self-paced, on-demand, workshop, Dr. Angela Gorrell will equip you to help youth steer through the challenges and possibilities in this new media era.

What You'll Learn

  • Do’s and don’ts to help kids take care of their own mental well-being
  • Ways to help kids live out their faith as they engage with technology
  • Insight on where youth are spending their time online—and the associated challenges and opportunities
  • A practical and hopeful guide to creating a healthy family rhythm around digital media
  • …and so much more!

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Here's What's Inside...

Dr. Gorrell shares how youth are spending their time online, the most important possibilities and pressing challenges of new media, and concrete things adults can teach youth to help them flourish in a new media culture. Participants will walk away with a guide for creating a rhythm of life in a new media landscape that will help youth and adults. There will be time for Q&A and a chance to connect with other parents, leaders, and guardians.

You'll Learn How to Connect with God

God Works in our Online Life, Too

Kids in our culture are “digital natives.” They have grown up with amazing technology, but have rarely—if ever—been taught to engage with new media in healthy ways.

Online media can be a place where we live out our faith and connect with God. This workshop will help pastors, parents, grandparents, mentors, and guardians equip the kids in their care to use digital media in ways that are grounded in loving God, themselves, and others.

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Here's everything you get for just $55:

  • One year of access
  • On-demand workshop recording
  • Accompanying guide to use with youth or children
  • Bonus examen spiritual practice for families
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Meet Your Instructor

  • Rev. Dr. Angela Williams Gorrell

    Rev. Dr. Angela Williams Gorrell is the author of Always On: Practicing Faith in a New Media Landscape and The Gravity of Joy: A Story of Being Lost and Found. She speaks and writes about joy, meaning, finding the life worth living, and the intersection of spiritual and mental health. Media sources such as the New York Times, NPR, and Christianity Today have highlighted her research. She has taught at several schools including Yale University, Baylor University, and Fuller and McCormick Seminary. Angela is a consultant and thought leader for numerous organizations. She utilizes her expertise to help create collaborative communities of prevention specifically working to lower suicide and addiction rates. You can find her on Instagram @angelagorrell. Angela and her sister, Stef, co-host The Grief Sisters podcast and The Grief Sisters book club & support group on Facebook.

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