Media Strike!....or is it?

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Happy Saturday, Everyone....from freeeezing cold, WI! Supposed to be -35 or colder with the wind chill tomorrow. Brrrrr! :D

With the continuing call to "social distance" and the ever changing mandates in our cities, I've had a lot of thoughts on MEDIA on my mind.

Before I get into that, I first want to preface this blog post by saying...if you know me as a person at all, you will know that I LOVE technology! I love upgrading my phone, I love checking out the newest things on the market, and I love to work and design new media presentations, etc. Anything having to do with new technology...better keep it away from me, or I'll be hooked! LOL

Having said that, let's dive into the purpose of technology in Children's Ministry...or not!

For years, I have taught that we are up against Disney World, and all things technological, so we have to provide an exciting experience for our kids...lights, decor, music, visuals, etc. And YES! By all means, visuals are important to children... and a MUST to retain their attention. Remember, kid's attention span is usually the equivalent of their age. ie: age 5 is 5 minutes, age 6 is 6 min, and so on.

It is IMPERATIVE that we work to have interesting, attention grabbing items and activities in our kid's classes and services.


On the other hand....(I repeat) we ARE up against Disney World, and all things, is it possible that we should consider veering off the "main track" of technology and focus on a more "hands on", non-digital environment?

>>> Now don't panic!!!! <<<

By no means do I think that we should never have a screen and presentations, that we shouldn't show videos, or incorporate the awesome technology available to us.

Let me explain....

First, let's Take a look at where our kids are at in 2021....

School is online and gone virtual in a lot of places...if not all the time, at least SOME of the time.

More and more children have smartphones and tablets...even at a very young age!

Watches are digital...and include games, communication, data capabilities, etc.

Games are on a screen...and utilized way more than an board games available!

With Netflix and any other options out there, TV shows are immediately available 24/7, which of course causes more and more screen time!

Exercising can even be done using the screen!