David C Cook COVID-19 Response

Never Alone

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Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

When your students arrive, engage them in a discussion.

  • How would you describe the feeling of loneliness? (Accept all reasonable responses.)
  • What things in our culture and society might contribute to feeling lonely? (Accept all reasonable responses.)

While social media can make us feel more connected, it can also make us feel lonelier. Let’s watch results of a study on the link between social media and loneliness.

Share the following video [3:23; stop at 2:19]:
How do teenagers use social media to cope with loneliness?

  • Many of the students described popularity as the amount of people that know you. Can a person be lonely even if they are popular? (Students will likely see the difference between having a lot of Internet followers or notoriety as contrasted with real connection.)
  • Have you ever been in a big crowd of people and still felt all alone? How is that possible? (Loneliness is more about feeling emotionally isolated than simply about whether you’re around other humans. In fact, sometimes just the opposite can be true; large groups can make us feel even lonelier when there’s no meaningful connection.)
  • Why do you think kids who spend lots of time on social media might experience loneliness at a higher rate? What’s your theory? (Accept all reasonable answers. Perhaps it’s linked to comparing oneself to others. Perhaps happy videos and frequent postings give the illusion that everyone else has more friends than you do.)
  • What do you like to do if you are feeling lonely? (Students may try to connect through video gaming or inviting a friend over. They may find a “friend” in a good book, etc. Accept all reasonable answers.)
  • Is something wrong with you if you feel lonely sometimes? (Absolutely not! Jesus felt lonely and He was perfect and sinless.)

It is natural for teenagers to feel lonely sometimes. But Jesus knows what it feels like—and He’s always ready to listen.  

Looking for Steps 2 & 3?

You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Paper (1 sheet per student)
  • Scissors
  • Pens/pencils
  • Whiteboard and marker (or screenshared document)

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