Social Media - Another Way For Kids To Feel Rejected

Kara Powell | Mar 28, 2011

I am hyper sensitive to people feeling rejected/left out. Especially teenagers. I just hate it when any kid I know ends up feeling left out.

This New York Times article points out that social media is yet another new way for kids to feel left out.

And I’ll be honest, it’s not just kids who can feel left out. I’ve also felt left out a few times as I’ve checked my friends’ and colleagues’ statuses and they are somewhere that I wish I could be.

Our 8 year-old has been particularly grumpy at home lately, and we think it’s because of some of the friendship dynamics she’s experiencing (point of clarification: she is NOT using social media yet). Dave and I talked last week and we’re trying to be EXTRA understanding and EXTRA communicative of our love for Krista, and how CRAZY we are about her.

If a kid you know is acting out of sorts, there’s a good chance that it has something to do with their friendships. What can you do for that kid to show them that you love them, and even more importantly, that God loves them no matter what?

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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