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Struggling with Self
The Rise of Anxiety and Depression in Teens
David R. Smith

A recent article from NY Times asks the question, "Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?" Given that the National Institute of Mental Health claims anxiety disorders are now the most common form of mental illness in the U.S., it's definitely a question...
JONATHAN'S BLOG: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight
Common Sense Media just released a brand new report about the evolution of media use by kids age eight and under.

Yes… eight and under!

If you found it difficult to believe that the average age today’s kids receive their first smartphone is 10 (yes… that’s just the average), then you’ll find it even more intriguing how much and what kinds of technology kids are using in the years prior.

I think parents are slowly realizing that kids are being inundated with entertainment media and technology at younger ages. In my parent workshops, churches no longer just market to “parents of teens”… because they realize parents of 4th graders and 6th graders are watching entertainment from the same sources (YouTube, Netflix) and experiencing the same struggles. In fact, when my publisher and I were discussing the title of my new Teens Guide to Social Media and Mobile Devices …a book that many parents are calling their new “phone contract” their kids need to read before getting their device… it almost seemed silly to use the word “Teens” because we know that many “tweens” were the ones who really needed to read it!

Today’s children age zero-to-eight average over three hours a day with media, 42 minutes on a mobile device. Here’s some random facts I found interesting:

  • 42% of 0-8-year-olds have their own tablet (compared to 7% in 2013)

  • 42% of parents admit that the TV is on “always” or “most of the time” in their home, whether anyone is watching or not.

  • 33% of 0-8-year-olds watch music videos


But by God’s grace…

  • Only 4% of 0-8-year-olds use social media sites like Insta, Snapchat or Music.ly


That's why Common Sense Media urges parents to get an early start on setting healthy media habits.

I encourage you to read, or at least skim this new report and see exactly how fast mobile technology is changing the family dynamic. Here’s a helpful infographic with many of the findings:
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Season Seven, Episode Sixteen, The First Day of the Rest of Your Life
by Thom McKee Who would you rather be, Negan or Rick? Think about it. Negan has pretty much everything he wants, including immense power and access to most of the material things that people only enjoyed before the Zombie apocalypse.
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Too Good at Goodbyes
This brand new resource from our MUSIC DISCUSSIONS page shows students what it looks like to have someone they can trust that will never leave them hanging.

The Music Video: Too Good at Goodbyes 
Smith has finally released his second studio album, The Thrill of it All. The single Too Good at Goodbyes debuted in the number five spot on the Hot 100 chart. Smith has won numerous awards, and is known for his soft voice that Beyoncé has called “buttery.” Th


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Breaking The Addiction to Porn
Any addiction to pornography is a serious one. This resource from our YOUTUBE DISCUSSIONS page will show students how to deal with it. 

Discussion Starter: Jimmy Needham on Porn Addiction 
Jimmy Needham is an ambassador of Christ disguised as a musician. At least, that’s how he introduces himself. However, Jimmy is also willing to talk about who he used to be: a young man struggling with an addiction to pornography. 
In this brief interview for www.freedombeginshere.org, Jimmy talks about how he came into an addiction to porn, and how he escaped it. Listen to what he says to see if there is anything within his 


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