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The iPhone Is Hands Down 'The Dominant Device Brand Among Teens'

April 11th, 2018
Teens are buying more iPhones each time Piper Jaffray Senior Analyst Michael Olson runs his periodic survey. 82% of teens surveyed have the iPhone. Olson, unlike many analysts, sees the iPhone as somewhat of a strength for Apple going forward. Teens continue to love the Apple. That's the big takeaway of Piper Jaffray's semi-annual "Taking Stock With Teens" survey. The survey of roughly 6,000 teens, with an average age of 16.4 years, found 82% of respondents own an iPhone, making for the...
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The 'Condom Snorting Challenge' Is Every Parent's Worst Nightmare

April 2nd, 2018
Viral videos posted on social media show teenagers snorting condoms as part of a so-called "condom snorting challenge."    In the videos, teens put an unwrapped condom up one of their nostrils and inhale until the condom comes out of their mouth. Like other viral challenges, the condom snorting challenge has been around for years but recently reemerged on social media.    In San Antonio, Stephen Enriquez, who teaches drug and alcohol prevention to parents, has also started to teach parents about dangerous...
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Porn Is Not The Worst Thing On Musical.ly.

March 7th, 2018
My daughter is ten. She wants me to get Musical.ly on my phone so she can make funny lip-sync videos. Everyone has it, she whines, even the kid whose mom is an FBI agent/social worker/pediatrician/nun. Wow. Well. In that case…   I download the app while she’s at school but it won’t let me explore without an account. I create a profile under Chardonaynay47 only to delete that and opt for something less momish, gummibear9. One word sums up my experience: Nowayismykidgettingthisapp.   Musical.ly looks...
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What YOU Need to Know About Juuling

March 6th, 2018
One of the biggest topics right now in high school parent newsle
One of the biggest topics right now in high school parent newsletters everywhere is the Juul. It’s a popular e-cigarette system that looks a lot like a USB flash drive—you may have seen one in your teenager’s room, figuring it contains an essay on The Great Gatsby. Based on Twitter and Instagram posts with the hashtag #doit4juul, students are “juuling” wherever, whenever—in school bathrooms, in libraries and under their desks in class. They’re getting away with it because the device is discreet, the...
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What Parents Need To Know About Sexting

March 6th, 2018
Sexting is defined as the sending or receiving of nude or seminude images or sexually explicit text messages and can happen when one person pressures another to send a nude or seminude photo. For teenagers, this scenario can happen between people who are dating or those who just started to like each other and one teenager is asked to “prove” they like the other person. Sexting can also happen when one person sends a nude or seminude photo to another without asking for consent first. Sexting can lead to the spread of the photos...
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Less-Cool Facebook Losing Youth At Fast Pace

February 12th, 2018
Note: This is a trend that we have noticed for a couple years. Interesting that the news is picking up on it. With mom, dad and grandma signing up in increasing numbers, Facebook is losing younger users in the United States at a faster pace than previously estimated, researchers said Monday.   A report by eMarketer said Snapchat is drawing youths away from Facebook at a quicker clip than Facebook-owned Instagram.   Facebook is still growing in the US market, according to research firm, mainly due to increases in usage by older...
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Phone-Addicted Teens Aren’t As Happy...

January 29th, 2018
Tech Crunch 01/23/18 To no parent’s surprise, too much smartphone use makes teens unhappy. So says a new study from San Diego State University, which pulled data from over one million 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-graders in the U.S. showing teens who spent more time on social media, gaming, texting and video-chatting on their phones were not as happy as those who played sports, went outside and interacted with real human beings. But is it the screen time bringing them down or are sadder teens more likely to insulate themselves in a...
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Does Google Home Know Who Jesus Is?

January 25th, 2018
Some Users Say
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Audio technology like Google Home and Amazon's Alexa are becoming a dominant source for information. But now, it appears one of the most common names is unknown to Google Home. And some people are sounding the alarm about what the technology tells you when you ask about Jesus. Brentwood resident David Sams owns a Google Home and an Amazon audio speaker. He says both give two different answers when asking "Who is Jesus Christ?" "I even asked Google who is David Sams? Google knew who I was,...
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US Schools..Already 11 Shootings This Year

January 24th, 2018
Editor Note:  Our hearts are broken for the students on our middle school, high school and college campuses. Please join all 60 Campus Alliance member organizations in praying for our students and reaching out to them with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Huffington Post January 24, 2018 The two students killed by a fellow high schooler Tuesday in Benton, Kentucky, weren’t the first victims of such violence this month. So far this week, three shootings have happened at or near schools. Eight more took place in the first three...
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Pop Music in 2017: Glum and Glummer

December 22nd, 2017
Attention! This New York Times 12/22/17 article is a must read for youthworkers! Our students' world is a desperate one and the songs they are clicking to listen to reflect (by the billions of streams) how widespread this issue is.  Beware (but dont avoid) Explicit Lyrics Ahead! “Push me to the edge/All my friends are dead,” Lil Uzi Vert intones in “XO TOUR Llif3,” at first in a matter-of-fact chant and later in a slurred, raw singsong. The backing track is a bass line going nowhere slowly, oozing to bind...
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Over Half Of US Kids On Track For Obesity By 35

November 30th, 2017
 Miami (AFP) - More than 57 percent of children in the United States will be obese by age 35 if current trends in weight gain and poor eating habits continue, researchers warned Wednesday. The risk of obesity is high even among children whose present weight is normal, said the report in the New England Journal of Medicine. "Only those children with a current healthy weight have less than a 50 percent chance of becoming obese by the age of 35 years," said the study, led by researchers at Harvard University. Some 36.5 percent...
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Smartphone Addiction Creates Imbalance In Brain

November 30th, 2017
CHICAGO, Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers have found an imbalance in the brain chemistry of young people addicted to smartphones and the internet, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). According to a recent Pew Research Center study, 46 percent of Americans say they could not live without their smartphones. While this sentiment is clearly hyperbole, more and more people are becoming increasingly dependent on smartphones and other portable...
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Thoughts on Vegas and Why Men Keep Doing This

October 10th, 2017
Note: This post by Charlie Hoehn has some great applications to what we do in student ministry and we wanted to make sure that you see it It’s tempting to say the mass shooter's motive was simply “pure evil,” or to blame the media or guns, but that absolves us of looking deeply at what each of us — as individuals, family members, friends, and community members — might be missing. Now, I’m not a psychiatrist. And I don’t know much about the Vegas shooter. I’m just a guy who studies...
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The Danger More Pressing than Sex and Drugs in Your Youth Group

October 10th, 2017
 A new study of today’s teenagers contains both encouraging and troubling findings for parents, pastors, and youth group leaders concerned with reaching “Generation Z.”   According to the research, teenagers in the early 2010s tried alcohol later and had sex far less often compared with their predecessors: About 54 percent of high-school students in 1991 reported having had sex, while only 41 percent did in the early 2010s. For student pastors who have been fighting the war against partying, pregnancies and...
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Cheap Sex and the Decline of Marriage

October 10th, 2017
Why is marriage in retreat among young Americans? Because it is now much easier for men to find sexual satisfaction outside marriage, argues Mark Regnerus of the Wall Street Journal. Read his article here.    
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How Teens Spend Their After-School Hours

August 29th, 2017
 Smartphones are changing the way an entire generation spends their time. Teens (or iGen, as some have named them) have come of age in a world dominated by devices and unfettered access to the web—and it’s dramatically altering their behavior. According to a recent article in The Atlantic, author Jean Twenge shows that although teens are partying and drinking less, they are feeling more depressed and isolated than ever as they spend increasing amounts of time glued to their smartphones.   In his new book, The...
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New Research: One Kind Of Teenage Friendship Results In Healthier Adulthood

August 23rd, 2017
Parents often think teenagers are overly obsessed with their best friends. They should let them be. New research published in the journal Child Development shows that teens aged 15 and 16 who had a close friend, rather than a bigger peer group featuring less intense relationships, reported higher levels of self-worth and lower levels of social anxiety and depression at 25 compared with their peers who were more broadly popular as teens. Read the whole article here.
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ALERT! Bruno Mars' Trending and Sensual Music Video

August 15th, 2017
Youth Leaders Give Their Perspectives
  Bruno Mars is a definite musical talent, and his popularity is undeniable. That’s why his latest music video, "Versace On The Floor” had 8 million views in the first 24 hours after its release. (Whoa!) The video (and the song's lyric) is very seductive, sensual, and sexual. We asked of Team interlinc youth leaders, “How do we deal with such an overtly sexual song and video that will be seen by almost every kid in our ministries?” Here are a few of their responses. - - - - - - - - - “This song and...
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30-Year Disney Veteran Helps Readers Find Their “Happily Ever After”

August 9th, 2017
“Hello! This is Jody Dreyer from Walt Disney Studios. I would like to come to visit interlinc and discuss having you work on our new film, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.” When the switchboard operator in our out-of-the-way office in the countryside outside of Nashville relayed the message to our President, Allen Weed, his response was, “Sure," (it’s got to be a joke)," tell her to come on out and see us.” Well, it was no joke, and she came! That one-hour meeting (which wound up...
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Have Smartphones Destroyed A Generation?

August 4th, 2017
More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis. This is a “must read” article for youthworkers and parents in the September issue of The Atlantic.  Here’s what the writer Jean M. Twenge has to say... "I’ve been researching generational differences for 25 years, starting when I was a 22-year-old doctoral student in psychology. Typically, the characteristics that come to define a...
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TMZ Reporting Justin Bieber Cancelled Tour “Because Of Christ”

July 26th, 2017
Justin Bieber pulled the plug on his Purpose tour because he "rededicated his life to Christ" ... sources connected to Hillsong Church tell TMZ.   Bieber's decision seemed to come out of the blue, but our sources say it was squarely based on what Bieber believes is religious enlightenment. Bieber said he canceled due to exhaustion, but that's simply not true. Plus, his remaining touring schedule was not taxing travel-wise.   We're also told Bieber's crew is "incredibly pissed off at him" because it has...
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5 Ways Parents Can Help Kids Balance Social Media With The Real World

July 26th, 2017
Summer couldn’t get here soon enough. After 10 months of parenting two middle-schoolers on different schedules, the lazy, unplanned days of the past few weeks have been a welcome break. But now that my kids are at an age where they don’t have their daily activities planned for them, they’re also having to learn to manage their free time — and determine how much of it they will spend streaming entertainment right into their little eyeballs.   My boys, who were born just a hair before the touch-screen generation,...
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This Is How Many Insects You Can Consume A Year When You Drink Coffee

June 20th, 2017
Bugs are everywhere. There’s no refuting that fact. That’s why the FDA has to make allowances for a certain amount of insects or insect fragments in our food. They’re labeled as unavoidable defects in food and found in lots of ingredients, such as peanut butter, chocolate and even fruits and vegetables. This includes coffee, folks. COFFEE. The FDA keeps a cap on the amount of insects allowed in our food, but over time this number adds up. (Math can be a scary thing sometimes.) If you look at the quantity...
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Teens Are Getting As Little Exercise As 60-Year-Olds

June 19th, 2017
Looks like teenagers being lazy is more than just a stereotype. A new study conducted by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore looked at more than 12,500 people’s exercise habits by having them wear fitness trackers for a week. When they separated that data by age, they found something alarming about teenagers. “Activity levels at the end of adolescence were alarmingly low, and by age 19, they were comparable to 60-year-olds,” says the study’s senior author, Vadim...
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Adolescence Is a Gift, but Extended Adolescence Is a Trap

June 14th, 2017
Nebraska senator Ben Sasse wants parents and youth leaders to get serious about shepherding kids into responsible adulthood. Matt Reynolds, CT’s associate editor for books, spoke with Sasse about how parents (and youth leaders) can equip their children to escape the protective cocoon of extended adolescence. Read more. 
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After Manchester Fear Grips Pop's Youth

May 23rd, 2017
  Fans of Justin Bieber pleaded on Tuesday for his upcoming British tour dates to be canceled, underscoring the potential repercussions to music acts with a young fan base from the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.   Canadian heartthrob Bieber, 23, is due to play an open air concert at London's Hyde Park in July. But fans flooded social media saying his appearance should be axed for the safety both of fans and the singer himself.   "Cancel Justin's concert in the UK, please! We want him to be...
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