Digital Catholics

Here are a few catch-up notes that are long overdue:

Best new site for Media Literacy from a Catholic perspective! Last week I posted here about the new Pauline Center for Media Literacy weekly movie reviews, which our sisters write from a Catholic perspective. But the site has more than just movie reviews, and we are adding new content all the time. Visit the new site and see how the faith we live by and the culture we live in intersect! www.bemediamindful.org

Media and Your Kids For families with kids, the CNN news site published a helpful article about young children using media: “Kids Under 9 Spending More Than 2 Hours a Day on Screens.” The article is based on a study by Common Sense Media–another favorite media literacy site that is helpful when looking at media for children. Along with this article, CNN published “New Screen Time Rules for Kids by Doctors.” The tips for “healthy digital media use” seem especially helpful, but in brief, here is what doctors recommend:

 

Doctors’ Guidelines for Screen Time for Kids

Screen time, or time spent using digital media for entertainment, should be limited.

AGE RECOMMENDED MOTIVATION
18 months and younger No exposure. Screen time can:
cause disconnect between parents and children (babies deprived of parents’ attention may develop behavioral issues)Prevent healthy brain development for infants because it limits face-to-face contactOverstimulate, which can cause distress and sleep issues
2-5 years 1 hour per day

Only high quality

No advertisements

Children at this age can’t differentiate between real-world and screen-world. In addition to high-quality programs, face-to-face interactivity onscreen (such as Skype or Facetime) is a good choice.
6 & older Limit & Monitor Screen time should never replace healthy activities (sleep, social interaction, physical activity)

Parents need to help children and teens navigate the media environment, just as they teach children how to behave off-line

Designate media-free times together (such as meals)

Designate media-free zones at home (such as bedrooms)

Set up a media plan for the family

Based on article: “New Screen Time Rules for Kids by Doctors” by Hailey Middlebrook, CNN

 

The World Congress for Child Dignity in the Digital World has made many of the speeches of the congress available here on the Congress website. The Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome hosted the congress from October 3-6, 2017 .

Pope Francis offers his insights into his style as a communicator in today’s world: Pope Francis on Why He Gives Interviews. For Pope Francis, a “real meeting,” means “real conversation.” His best tip? He prays to the Holy Spirit ahead of time to inspire him with what to say.

“The truth will set you free” (John 8:32): Fake news and Journalism for Peace is the theme for the next World Communications Day on May 13, 2018. The Vatican’s Secretariat for Communication posted the theme on September 29th (the Feast of the Archangels Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel). The explanation follows:

The theme that the Holy Father Francis has chosen for the 52nd World Day of Social Communications 2018 relates to so-called “fake news”, namely baseless information that contributes to generating and nurturing a strong polarisation of opinions. It involves an often misleading distortion of facts, with possible repercussions at the level of individual and collective behaviour. In a context in which the key companies of the social web and the world of institutions and politics have started to confront this phenomenon, the Church too wishes to offer a contribution, proposing a reflection on the causes, the logic and the consequences of disinformation in the media, and helping to promote professional journalism, which always seeks the truth, and therefore a journalism of peace that promotes understanding between people. https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2017/09/29/170929a.html

 

Online Evening Visit with Jesus At the conclusion of our online Facebook Live Novena to Our Lady of Fatima, Sister Kathryn and I decided that we would like to try to offer a simple Evening Visit with Jesus every night at 8 PM at the Facebook page: Ask a Catholic Nun. We are still getting it off the ground, but it’s a wonderful way to share prayer intentions and feel part of a community that prayers together every evening. I hope you can find the time to join us.

Meet the selfie-snapping Sisters of Snapchat is a fun article interviewing Catholic sisters using social media! Several #MediaNuns are included.

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Coming Back Online

This is my hope, anyway–that I’m gradually finding my way back online! I’m getting close to my actual transfer–I’ll arrive at my new convent and apostolate this coming week. It’s been an unsettling time for me, as I’m letting go of being directly involved with initiatives–and especially people–that I love. I’ve also been trying to get a handle on my new responsibilities before I’ve moved.  This constant process of “letting go” challenges me to a new awareness of my littleness: how dependent I am on things like routine, and how painful change can be!

At this point, I’m eager to get to Boston, to settle in, and to begin my “new adventure,” focusing my energies on the “new pathways” that the Lord wants to create (Is. 43:19)!

ImageIn the meantime, it’s been busy. I was blessed to be able to collaborate for two TV shows with Salt + Light TV‘s Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann. (I’ll post here when they’re going to air.) And, my last days in Toronto have been particularly joyful to coincide with the release and book-signings of our two new books: Saints Alive: The Faith Proclaimed and Saints Alive: The Gospel Witnessed. If you are interested in the books, or in the saints, visit our Saints Alive page. The first part of my newly developing author website is finally up!  I’d love feedback if you’re a reader or listener–what would help you on your journey of growth in Christ?

Also, the RadioMaria interview now has a home on the web, if you missed the live broadcast: http://www.hmwn.net/audioarchive/search_results_id.php?title=20071863.

In addition to posting here, I’m also getting back to following Pope Francis online, tweets and all! He has some wonderful remarks for Catholic communicators here, and of course, his lengthy interview with the Jesuits, which not only gives us insight into our new Holy Father and his pastoral approach, but also models how we can communicate Christ to people today.