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Twitter can be your friend and ally in the parenting journey. If you missed yesterday’s post on Two Ways Twitter Can Help You Be a Better Parent, check it out now.

Today’s post will help you receive your student’s tweets via text message. You have two options: (1) sign up for a twitter account and engage twitter as a full-fledged user OR (2) receive a text every time your student tweets without signing up for twitter.

Parenting How To Automate Texts from Twitter

FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS IF YOU DON’T WANT A TWITTER ACCOUNT (EASIEST OPTION)

1. Find your student’s twitter name

If you don’t already know it, you can google their name and include the word “twitter.” There may be multiple people with the same name.

2. Text “follow @[their username]” to 40404

You will automatically be subscribed to receive their updates as long as their account is not set to private. If their account is set to private, you will have to follow the instructions below to get a twitter account and follow them.

FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS IF YOU WANT A TWITTER ACCOUNT

1. Sign up for Twitter

Go here and follow instructions to get an account. Make sure you enter your cell phone number under MOBILE settings.

2. Follow your student

Click on Discover>Find Friends> and type in your students name. If you can’t find them by typing their name, there are several other ways to find them, including email address and phone number. Once you find them, click the FOLLOW icon.

3. Turn on mobile notifications

Once you click follow, the button should now say FOLLOWING. Beside the FOLLOWING button, click the drop down menu. At the bottom of the menu, click TURN ON MOBILE NOTIFICATIONS.

If you have problems with these instructions, go here for Twitter support on mobile notifications.If these instructions still don’t make sense, go here to watch a video

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The content of this post is from Week 3 of our latest series: TOGETHER. You can watch video of that series at www.vimeo.com/woodstockhsm. The podcast will also be updated soon. In your iTunes account, search “First Baptist Woodstock High School Ministry.”

For the full transcript of this message click here >> Things Every Parent Should Know About Their Teenager

1. RELATIONSHIPS DRIVE THIS GENERATION
Student Survey Quotes

  • Texting is our way of communication, it is extremely important.
  • That at our age, the most difficult thing to do is “fit in”

2. WHAT MATTERS MOST? FAMILY
Student Survey Quotes

  • I wish my parents knew they were the most important thing in my life.
  • I WANT to be close to my parents
  • That I don’t know what I would do without them
  • They mean a lot to me and I would love to spend more time with me
  • I actually like and want to spend more time with my mom
  • I wish we had more time together
  • I need my daddy to love me
  • How their relationship affects me
  • I wish you knew that you inspire me to do great things and I want to make you proud
  • I wish you knew that fights with you are the worst. I love you so much
  • I wish you knew that I am so grateful for you.
  • My family is everything to me even when I don’t show it
  • I wish my parents knew how much I’d forgive them for anything.

3. WHAT MATTERS SECOND? FRIENDS
Student Survey Quotes

  • Friends are everything to me so why does it matter if I want to hang out with them all the time?
  • In high school, we rely on our friends so they become family.
  • I need to hang out with my friends for my sanities sake!

4. TEENAGE BELIEVERS DESPERATELY WANT HELP SPIRITUALLY FROM PARENTS
Student Survey Quotes

  • That I would love it if they lived their lives for God.
  • I want you to pour into my life
  • I am nervous about the future, I need your help to prepare me to survive on my own.
  • I want your support for the decisions I make/need
  • I want my parents to know that I love the Lord and I want help breaking my fear of sharing with peers.
  • What scares me
  • I want them to ask me about my relationship with God
  • I wish we prayed together. I don’t know what you’re afraid of.
  • I wish you led me…instead of the other way around
  • Listen to our venting, then give us advice
  • I want my family to be completely gospel centered

5. TEENAGERS WANT ENGAGED PARENTS NOT HOVERING PARENTS
Student Survey Quotes

  • Ask your student what’s going on in their life. If they don’t act like they want you involved, inside, know that they do.
  • To realize that sometimes I just need a little room to grow on my own.
  • I may not act like I need you but I do! I love you!
  • If they didn’t freak out so much I would tell them more things.
  • That we don’t always need to talk we just need to be left alone
  • I like freedom but I miss being a kid and hanging out with you
  • Sometimes I don’t want them to tell me how to solve my problems. Sometimes I just want someone to listen.

6. FAITH IS UNIMPORTANT TO MILLENIALS AS A WHOLE
Student Survey Quotes

  • That most people in my school do not know God
  • Most teenagers don’t like Christians
  • It’s not easy being a Christian at school

7. STUDENTS NEED A REFUGE AT HOME
Student Survey Quotes

  • I’m scared to tell you stuff for fear of your judgment.
  • No matter how much I yell, I love you
  • Sometimes all we want is for them to listen
  • Advice doesn’t always have to be harsh
  • I’m scared of you sometimes
  • I want my mom to say “I love you” more to me
  • I actually appreciate being acknowledged
  • I know you love me but I wish you showed it more
  • I wish my parents knew how much they hurt me
  • All I have ever wanted was to be loved and to have a good friend
  • I cut myself nearly everyday
  • I have seriously considered suicide
  • My mom doesn’t know that when I smile…it’s all a lie
  • I have no self-esteem or self-confidence
  • I don’t know how much longer I can take this…
  • My life is more stressful than you think.
  • I feel the only way to get you to hear me is to raise my voice.

8. TEENAGERS EMULATE THOSE THEY KNOW BEST
Student Survey Quotes

  • Your opinions mean the world to me.
  • Whether you love God or not, you have done more than you know when it comes to teaching me
  • It hurts when my mom doesn’t forgive others or go to church

9. TEENAGERS WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD
Student Survey Quotes

  • My generation has potential and we need your help to reach it.
  • Help and encourage us to reach the world
  • I know I do crazy things but everything that I do that you don’t understand is for God.
  • We can reach the world, even at a young age.
  • That I will do whatever God calls me to do, even if they don’t like it.

10. STUDENTS WANT THE CHANCE TO BE TRUSTED
Student Survey Quotes

  • I want trust
  • We can handle more than they think we can.
  • I want you to trust me
  • If you gave me more freedom I could choose for myself and show you that I am responsible
  • You have raised me in a Godly home and need to trust that I will make the right decisions
  • That we want freedom while growing up

11. STUDENTS ARE MOTIVATED BY THEIR GIFTEDNESS
Student Survey Quotes

  • I try to be perfect and when I can’t I feel like I have failed
  • I wish you did more to support me as a kid
  • I want your approval
  • We have our own dreams, that we want you to support no matter what

12. UNDERSTAND THEIR WORLD & ADMIT THAT IT IS DIFFERENT
Student Survey Quotes

  • That things aren’t the same as when they were young!
  • I want my parents to know about what really happens at school
  • Times have changed
  • I can’t be the same as you were at my age
  • We live in a new generation and things aren’t like they were 60 years ago.
  • The world is a very dark place to us

Parents, weigh in on what students are saying. Students, have anything to add?

 

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