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July 17, 2023

How to Use Social Media as a Christian Teen

As parents, we are well aware of the profound impact the digital age has on both our lives and the lives of our children. And among the many areas that deserve our attention, social media stands out as a key focus area. Understanding the significance of social media to our teens, its potential benefits, and challenges for Christian teenagers is crucial. Together, let’s explore how we can establish meaningful guidelines for our teens’ social media usage, fostering a supportive and enriching relationship with them as they navigate the digital landscape.

Why Social Media Matters to Teens

Social media has become an integral part of our everyday lives. For teens, it’s a platform where they can express their thoughts, share their experiences, and connect with peers. However, its usage extends beyond just socialization. Teens use social media for a variety of purposes: to stay informed about current events, to learn about new ideas and cultures, and to explore and express their identities. Understanding how it fits into our teens’ life is instrumental in teaching them how to use social media as a Christian teenager. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our Parent’s Guide to Social Media to start learning about the ways social media is integrated into today’s teen culture.

Being proactive in learning about the different social media platforms our teens use may help to better understand their digital world and guide them effectively. At Axis, we provide comprehensive Parent Guides to various social media platforms, such as our Parent’s Guide to TikTok and our Parent’s Guide to Instagram, which can be valuable resources to spark conversations with your teen and support you as you navigate the world of social media.

Effects of Social Media on a Teen’s Spiritual Life: Pros and Cons


  1. Community Building: Social media allows Christian teens to connect with like-minded individuals and communities. It can provide a sense of belonging and support, especially for those who may feel isolated in their immediate surroundings.
  2. Learning and Growth: Social media platforms offer a plethora of resources for spiritual growth. Christian teens can find inspirational content, Bible studies, and/or Christian influencers who inspire them in their faith journey.
  3. Sharing Faith: Social media provides an opportunity for Christian teens to share their faith with others. They can use their platforms to share Bible verses, personal testimonies, and messages of hope and love.


  1. Negative Influences: Social media is filled with a diverse array of perspectives, some of which may not align with Christian values. This can potentially expose Christian teens to harmful influences.
  2. Distraction: The addictive nature of social media can distract teens from their studies, personal development, and spiritual growth.
  3. Pressure and Comparison: Social media often portrays idealized images of life, leading to feelings of inadequacy and comparison. For teens, this can affect their self-esteem and their faith journey.

Establishing Guidelines and Boundaries with Your Teen

Social media can be a challenging landscape for teens to navigate. As parents, it’s our role to guide them in using it responsibly and in a way that honors their Christian faith. In 1 Corinthians 10:31, the Bible tells us, ‘So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.’ This includes our actions on social media platforms.

Establishing guidelines and boundaries can help teens understand how to use social media in a way that glorifies God. This isn’t about controlling every aspect of their online activities; it’s about fostering a safe and respectful digital environment. Here are some strategies that can provide a useful structure to establish social media usage guidelines:

  1. Open Discussions: Encourage open and honest dialogue about their social media use. This enables a deeper understanding of their online habits and provides a safe space for them to express any concerns or share their experiences.
  2. Time Limits: Setting time limits can prevent excessive use and ensure they have time for other important activities like studying, engaging in physical activities, or spending quality family time.
  3. Privacy Settings: Educate teens on how to use privacy settings on various platforms to control who can see their posts and personal information.
  4. Content Sharing: Make sure they understand the consequences of sharing inappropriate content, including the potential for it to spread beyond their control and its long-term impact on their digital footprint.
  5. Digital Sabbath: Encourage regular ‘digital sabbaths’, periods where they disconnect from social media to focus on other aspects of life.
  6. Online Behavior: Remind them to treat others with kindness and respect, just as they would in person. This includes not engaging in or tolerating cyberbullying.

It’s important to remember, establishing these guidelines should be a collaborative effort with our teens, rather than imposing a set of rules. This approach will likely lead to better acceptance and adherence. It also helps to understand how smartphones impact our teens in today’s culture, and the Parent’s Guide to Smartphones can be an excellent place to start.

Using Social Media as a Platform for Sharing Your Faith

As Christian teenagers, social media can be an incredible platform for sharing faith and connecting with other believers. It allows them to be a light in the digital world, displaying kindness, love, and understanding. Here are some ways teens can use social media to share their faith:

  1. Posting Bible Verses and Inspirational Quotes: Sharing verses or inspirational quotes can be a simple and effective way to share their faith.
  2. Sharing Personal Testimonies: Sharing their personal experiences and testimonies can help others who may be going through similar situations and inspire them in their faith journey.
  3. Promoting Christian Events and Causes: Teens can use social media to promote church events, youth group activities, or Christian causes they are passionate about.
  4. Engaging in Respectful Discussions: Encourage teens to engage in respectful and thoughtful discussions about faith. This can be an opportunity for them to learn from others and respectfully share their beliefs.
  5. Following Christian Influencers and Groups: Following Christian influencers or joining Christian groups can provide teens with a community of like-minded individuals. They can gain inspiration, encouragement, and advice from these sources.

Remember, the goal isn’t to use social media solely for evangelism but to authentically live out and share their faith in a way that feels natural and genuine to them.

For more resources and perspectives to help you navigate conversations with your teen about social media, check out our list of Social Media Resources for Parents of Teens, our video series A Conversation Kit on Social Media, and our Culture Translator on: Can Anything Good Come From Social Media?

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