Parents: Do Yourself A Favor And Monitor Your Kids’ Social Media

24 07 2014

Social media buttonsSocial Media.  Those two words can speak volumes.  We live in a “social media” world now.  Everything we see, do, hear, has something to do with social media.  From Facebook to Instagram, socializing with people from all over the world, has never been easier than it is today.

Or as dangerous.

Teens today can be social butterfly’s without even talking to someone in person.  They are a blessed generation, because they literally, have the world at their fingertips.  I love social media.  I am constantly on Facebook and Twitter.  As a Youth Pastor, I use those tools to keep in touch with my youth, post upcoming events info, sermon links, etc.

Having said all that, I have a request:  Parents, do yourself a favor and monitor your kids’ social media accounts.

I know of several kids who have both Facebook and Twitter accounts, but mainly use Twitter because their parents are on Facebook and don’t use Twitter.  I see it all the time; a teen will post something nice on Facebook, knowing their parents could see it, and then drop a tweet full of f-bombs and incriminating photos on Twitter…and don’t even get me going about Snapchat!

Parents.Kids_You, as a parent, have every right to monitor what goes on with your kid.  My wife and I are constantly checking up on our kids’ social media accounts, including their text messages from their phones.  Think they will just delete all their messages so we don’t see it?  Think again!  My wife constantly and randomly will grab my kids’ phones to do text checks…and if ANYTHING has been deleted (cause we all know kids text 24/7, so there should be messages-a-plenty in their phones) then the phone goes bye-bye.

I constantly browse my kids’ Twitter and Facebook accounts.  They’re also REQUIRED to give us passwords to all their accounts, when we ask for them.  Now, we have great kids, so we don’t (shouldn’t) have anything to worry about, but in this day and age, you can never be too cautious.

I hear parents all the time though, say they don’t want to invade their kids’ privacy.  Honestly, that’s a bunch of bull.  Too many parents want to be best friends with their kids and not be parents.  As long as my kids live in my house AND we have to pay the bills for the internet and phone, then we will check and invade their privacy as much as it takes.

So parents, do yourself a favor and monitor your kids’ social media accounts (and phone messages).  They have the world at their fingertips, but so does everyone else out there.  So keep your kids safe, and be a parent…not a buddy.

Kenny Bowyer is a Youth Pastor at the Cutting Edge in Chouteau, Oklahoma, and is also the author of the teen devotional “A Moment With God: A Teen Devotional” and the football devotional, “Pass Protection”.





My Newest Book “Pass Protection” Is Available Now

10 07 2014

PP Book CoverI am pleased to announce (and this was a TOTAL God thing), that my second book “Pass Protection”  is now available.  Originally, my second book was to be a sequel to “A Moment With God: A Teen Devotional”, called “MORE Moments With God: ANOTHER Teen Devotional”.  That book is still set to be released in the early Fall of this year.

“Pass Protection” is simply a 11-week devotional book, geared towards the football season.  The book, perfect for parents, teachers, coaches, athletes and/or chaplains, merges scriptures and actual football stories.

“Pass Protection” is available now for the Amazon Kindle for only $0.99, and will also be available in ibooks, nook and google play very soon.  You can also purchase the “spiral playbook” version for only $5.00.

 





“Moment With God” Now On Google Play

2 07 2014

I’m excited to announce that my book, A Moment With God: A Teen Devotional is NOW available on Google Play. That means that this book is now available on ALL the major platforms (ibooks, nook, kindle and now google play)





New Book Coming Fall of 2014

9 06 2014

More Book Cover Preview I am excited to announce that my new book, “MORE moments with God: ANOTHER teen devotional” will be released in the fall of 2014 (if not sooner)!  I am so happy about this book…this devotional features 80 devos (many which have never been posted before on my blog).

More info about the book will be coming soon, so please stay tuned.  For now, I am asking my friends and fellow church folk, to SPREAD THE WORD about the first book, so I can get ready for a major media blitz.





Memorial Day Sale

23 05 2014

Memorial Day Sale Promo 2





Video Devotionals Are Now Available

9 05 2014

Devotionals have always been close to my heart since I became a Youth Pastor, so welcome to my newest adventure when it comes to devotionals…a weekly video devotional.  Each Monday, I will post a video devotional on my Audio and Video Devos To Go facebook page, as well as on my Godtube and Youtube channels. my Vimeo site and my Daily Motion page.

As always, feel free to check out the website for my book, “A Moment With God: A Teen Devotional” for ways you can get you copy today.





Book Signing Event (Chouteau Public Library)

24 03 2014

Book Poster (small)








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