On Social Media, It's Better to be Cautious than to be Foolish: Middle School Small Groups 11.6.16

What we're talking about

Have you ever found yourself drawn into a video game, movie, or TV show where you’re rooting for something or someone that you wouldn’t in real life? Maybe you’re rooting for the villain to prevail or the bad guy to get the girl. There’s just something about technology that has a way of making us think or feel things that we wouldn’t think or feel in real life. And the same can be said for social media! When we’re communicating with someone behind a screen
they start to feel less real. And when they feel less real, so do the consequences of what we do and say behind the screen. That’s where trouble begins. Rather than let ourselves get in
trouble, we can choose to apply the right filter to what you do and say on social media. King Solomon—known as the wisest man to ever have lived—points us towards the filter we
can use for our choices in the book of Proverbs. And when we approach what we do and say through his filter, we’ll find ourselves avoiding choices that lead to trouble and regret.

Questions for Conversation

  • Why do you think people sometimes behave more recklessly online than they do in real life?
  • How could being reckless on social media possibly get you hurt?
  • How could being reckless on social media hurt someone else?
  • Why do you think God wants us to choose caution over foolishness when it comes to social media?