When my 7-year-old son gets nervous he asks a lot of questions. That was the case this past weekend as we were getting ready for his first day of Sunday School. I could tell he was nervous. Where will we be having class? What is my teacher’s name? How long is class? What will we be doing? Will class be like my current school? Will I know anybody there? The questions became more frequent the closer we got to his classroom. He actually wanted to hold my hand when we entered the room. We were the first people there. He looked around the room for signs of the familiar; anything that would make him more comfortable with his surroundings.
Sunday School Friend
It was amazing to witness what happened next – the second person to enter the classroom was a boy from my son’s current school. A boy he knew and liked; one of his friends. They connected immediately. They both had questions about Sunday School but they engaged each other to figure out the answers. My son’s fear and apprehension morphed into a sense of curiousness and anticipation. He was immediately at ease and ended up thoroughly enjoying his morning.
As I walked back to the parking lot it occurred to me, isn’t my son’s experience starting Sunday School no different from the aim of social media? The aim is to make connections, engage with other people, share what you know, and not knowing all the answers but trying to figure them out together. I had witnessed all these things. I had witnessed social media in action at Sunday School.
Be A Good Social Media Friend
I also want to issue a challenge, especially as it relates to Twitter. As more and more of our colleagues join this social media channel wouldn’t it be nice if they have a social media friend. Here’s my challenge: The next time you receive a Twitter email that you have a new follower, check out their profile. If they are new to Twitter and don’t have many followers, follow them back and send them a direct message: connect with them, engage with them, share what you know and help them figure out answers to questions. It’s your classroom, be a good social media friend.
I would love to hear your thoughts and stories about being a good social media friend. Please share in the comments section below.