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We made an app! – 100 Questions – Youth

I’m really excited to announce that Youth Work Resource has created an iOS app!

100 Questions is available now on the Apple App store and is a simple to use app containing 100 questions for use with young people.

The questions cover a range of topics including:

  • Getting to know each other
  • Hopes and dreams
  • Beliefs
  • Social justice

To use the app you simply download it from the iOS App store, open it up and you’re presented with one of the questions. To move onto the next question you tap the button at the base of the screen or shake your device. The 100 questions are displayed in a random order.

There’s a few ideas on how you could use the app over on the app’s webpage here.

Get 100 Questions on the app store today!

Whilst we usually try and make our resources free this one has a small charge because making apps and getting them onto the app store isn’t cheap however it’s cheaper than many resources out there and will only set you back £1.99 (or just 99p until the end of August!)

Vacancy – Part-time – Children and Young People’s Coordinator – Bristol

Children and Young People’s Coordinator

St Mark’s Baptist Church, Bristol – ‘Love God, love one another, love the community’

This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic individual to make a positive difference in the lives of children and young people in our church and community. The post holder will coordinate all aspects of the church’s children and young people’s work and build relationships with the wider community.

Because of the nature of this role there is an occupational requirement for the post holder to be a practicing Christian.

The post is 20 hours per week based in the Easton area of Bristol. Salary £20-22k fte dependent on experience.

For a job pack please email Richard Skinner: pastor@stmarksbaptistbristol.org

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Monday  19th March.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 12th April or Friday 13th April.

Vacancy – Broadway Baptist Church, Chesham – Youth and Community Worker

Broadway Baptist Church, Chesham – Youth and Community Worker

Are you a dynamic Christian youth worker with a strong faith in Jesus, who wants to inspire and support young people in a vibrant church? Are you passionate about being a Christian presence to young people in the community? Then we would love to hear from you.

Broadway Baptist Church in Chesham is seeking to appoint a dedicated and enthusiastic person to the established role of Youth and Community Worker, to help us further develop God’s plan for our Church and town. Based in the Chiltern Hills, Chesham is a town bursting with promise.

We will offer professional support and opportunities for innovative work.

Salary is £19K – £22K depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full time post. We can provide housing, or an additional housing allowance can be negotiated.

Further details can be found at www.broadwaybaptist.org.uk/jobs, where you will find an application form and the qualities and attributes we are looking for in a candidate.  The closing date for applications is the 25th March 2018. We plan to interview mid April.

If you would like a chat about the post, please contact the minister, Lou Webber on 01494 772244, or by email at lou.webber@broadwaybaptist.org.uk.

Snapchat – Snap Maps – What You Need To Know

On Wednesday Snapchat announced their new feature ‘Snap Maps’ (See here). The feature allows users to share their location and to access a Snap Map and see which of their friends are nearby (or indeed where they are!). The launch video (on the above link) suggests that the aim of this is for people to see if their friends are nearby,  see what they’re up to and potentially join in the fun.

Of course, as a result of this feature other social media sites are full of warnings to parents about Snap Maps such as the one below:

These posts are great for raising awareness but often take a scaremongering approach, encourage knee-jerk reactions to new features and don’t help parents (or those who work with teenagers) to actually think about how they can have conversations around privacy with young people.

This blog post will hopefully give you a better understanding of Snap Maps, any causes for concern that come with it, some positives and ways we can discuss this feature with young people.

Location sharing isn’t a new thing. WhatsApp and iMessage already allow you to share your location via a message, the social network FourSquare allows you to ‘check in’ to places (as does Facebook) and Apple’s ‘Find My Friends’ app has allowed users to share their location in real time with approved friends (other similar apps exist).

The difference is that sharing via a message/WhatsApp either shares your current location or your location for a set period of time and ‘Find My Friends’ is simply for sharing your location in real time and has no additional features. Snap Maps however shares your location, all the time, in real time as part of a social network.

So is the Snap Map something to be concerned about for the young people we work with?

Mostly yes and a little bit of no. Here’s why…

Mostly yes…
Snapchat is primarily popular with those aged 11-24 which means many of the young people we work with will be using Snapchat and will probably have the new feature. The feature in itself is only dangerous when young people don’t know the people they are friends with and therefore grant access to their location to strangers (or people who’s identities they can’t verify).

The ‘always on’ nature of the feature (although it can be switched off) means that it allows people to work out when people are home and away (potentially posing a security risk).

and No…
Young people take risks online but they’re also clued up, young people will know whether they’re comfortable with the new feature and probably already know how to switch it onto ghost mode.

It’s also not all bad. If young people use it in the way Snapchat seem to intend then it may lead to young people spending more time with each other…what if a young person snapchats your youth group, their friends think it looks cool and then, using Snap Maps turn up ten minutes later?

What can youth workers do?

If you know your youth group regularly use Snapchat then why not spend some time discussing it with them…you could ask them:

  • Have you tried out the new Snap Maps? What do you think about it?
  • What’s good about it?
  • What’s not-so good about it?
  • Imagine that someone younger than you comes to ask you about it. What advice would you give? (Perhaps come up with a top 3 tips)

You could talk to your young people about privacy and sharing their location along with knowing who they are friends with*

In addition to this you could encourage your group to think about when they might switch to ghost mode…perhaps the map feature only needs to be switched on when you’re doing something exciting. (Tutorial on how to switch to ghost mode on this site)

*This doesn’t always mean only people they know in real life…many young people’s friends are both online and offline friends and young people often don’t distinguish the difference between the two.

One final tip…

Rather than launching straight into a talk/discussion around Snap Maps maybe have a wider conversation around Snapchat…discuss what your groups favourite filters are at the moment?, what filters have gone they wish they could bring back?, if they could snapchat from anywhere in the world where would it be?

Further Reading

If you want to keep reading about being online and how to talk to young people about it then you should read ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’ by Bex Lewis. Available here.