Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat? Should Christian children and teens be using them? This Saturday on Up For Debate, Julie Roys will explore this issue with Dr. Kathy Koch who believes that teens should only use social media with specific limits and Youth Minister Justin Cox who embraces the platform. Listen and join the discussion on this episode of Up For Debate!
Dr. Kathy Koch is the Founder and President of Celebrate Kids, Inc., based in Fort Worth, Texas. She earned three degrees from Purdue University, including a Ph.D. in Reading and Educational Psychology. Before moving to Fort Worth to establish her ministry, Kathy served as a tenured Associate Professor in the education department at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. She speaks to parents, women, educators, singles, students, and missionaries nationally and internationally and has been privileged to speak in 17 countries.
Justin Cox is the Minister to Youth and Families at First United Methodist Church in Orlando, Florida. He also teaches Social Media and Electronic Communication for the Youth Ministry Institute in Orlando. He graduated from Florida State University with a degree in entrepreneurship. When not ministering or helping youth workers to grow, he spends his time traveling and eating at interesting places with his wife Carla.
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