Morning Prayer: Digital Hope
September 23, 2014
Prayer by Mr. Billy Vogelson, Campus Minister
We continue our learning and awareness during Digital Citizenship Week.
Today we focus on how technology and social media can be used as tools to hurt others and to begin our day, because of my involvement in the planning of this week as a Campus Minister, I was asked to prepare our prayer.
I have no Facebook account, I am not on Instagram. I don’t tweet nor do I care to Google hang out. With that said, I am completely unqualified to make any comments concerning the proper use of social media and technology except for the one aspect of my life that allows me some credibility on this subject: I have a 2 year old daughter.
She already wants to use any screen we have available. She knows how to swipe an i-phone to look at pictures, find her Elmo app and open it on the i-pad, and regularly communicates with her grandparents via Face Time and Skype.
She consumes technology already. I think about this a lot- is it good or bad she does this?
But moreso I reflect a great deal on the person she will become and constantly has the opportunity to be each day.
The technology she will use in 10 years will be completely different than what you use today. It’s not the technology that gives me pause to reflect. It’s hoping that she’ll use it in the right way. At the school I previously worked at, I saw misuse of technology end friendships, ruin reputations, and cause students, both victims and aggressors, to have to transfer schools. After each incident was dealt with I thought, is this going to be my daughter?
What I hope is that she uses technology to pledge to end the R word or donate a bowl of rice rather than use it to screen shot someone’s regretful snapchat photo in order to intimidate and threaten that person to gain status or popularity. But there are no guarantees she will do the right thing.
And these are the days that I am thankful she is still 2.
My prayer for her— my prayer for us— is that we stop before we click. I pray that she realizes her actions have an impact on others and that any power gained through the misuse of technology is hollow. I pray that she grows up to know that she is connected to her brothers and sisters in Christ and who have inherent dignity and worth.
I pray that we do the same. That we spend more time building up the Kingdom of God rather than tearing it down. I pray that we step in and stand up for those who are physically, intellectually, or socially weaker than us.
May we find ways to love our neighbor, to affirm, and always find ways to forgive.
Mary Seat of Wisdom, Pray for Us.