The first module in the digital discipleship course is 'Salty Networking'.

The basic thrust of this module is for students to consider how their use of social networking fits with our call to be 'salt and light' to the world. (Matthew 5: 13-15) Obviously I've used a bit of a play on words here which will hopefully stick in the minds of students - swapping 'social' for 'salty'.



Forums and Discussion Topics


I used these discussions in a moodle forum - you could use them like this, or for face to face discussions.

Social Networking in Ministry


Visit this website: http://www.communicatejesus.com

It is written by a guy called Steve Kryger (@communic8jesus) who is passionate about using social media to share the gospel. Clearly he is attempting to use social media in a positive way.

  • Can you think of other ways in which social media can be used effectively?
  • Perhaps you would like to discuss further and in more depth some of the ideas that Steve shares on his website?
  • Or, maybe you disagree, and think that there is no place for social media in sharing the gospel?

Remember to make positive, thoughtful contributions to the discussion.

Facebook... or should it be called 'Stalkbook'?


Read this article from the Sydney Morning Herald about an 18 year old girl who was a facebook user: Link to article

Nona Belomesoff was murdered by someone she trusted enough to add to her facebook friends.

We don't want to judge Nona - that would be disrespectful.

However, it would be more disrespectful if we didn't learn from her mistake.

What do you think about this situation? Some things you might like to add to your discussion:

  • Is facebook a good thing? Is it evil?
  • how do you know who your friends really are?
  • Would you add a stranger to your facebook (or other social network)? Why? Or why not?
  • Have you ever added someone as a friend that you don't know?
  • Why do you think Nona trusted her killer?

You might also add other things to your discussion, BUT, remember to show maturity and consideration (love) for others in what you write.

Salt and Light


Read Matthew 5:13-15

Discuss how the concept of being salt and light to the world can be related to our use of digital media and (in particular) social networking.

Resources


Facebook Places


Facebook Places is a relatively new feature on FB. It is similar to FourSquare, in that you can 'check in' to a range of different places, and that check in can be displayed on your wall.

So everyone who can view your wall can see where you are...

Who can see your wall?

Would you like ALL of them to know where you are?

In addition, your friends can also check you into a place. So if you're somewhere with them, they can check you in. Or, maybe you aren't with them, and they think it would be a funny joke to check you in somewhere you wouldn't normally go to. (Think about the implications of this a little...)

Remember... the internet is permanent.

And even if you were never there, your 'facebook places' will say you were.

Watch the video below to make sure your privacy settings are such that this won't be a problem for you.



Facebook and Relationships


What is your use of facebook doing to your quality of relationships?