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Blockbusters of 2018 (Part 2)
The Movies That Will Heat Up the Box Office This Summer
David R. Smith

Terrorists. A Ghost. More terrorists. Corrupt governmental leaders. And still more terrorists. Yep, the second half of 2018’s summer movie lineup has plenty of bad guys to go around. 

Let’s get to it....
JONATHAN'S BLOG: Does Google and Apple care about your kids’ digital addiction?
Yes and finally yes? (It’s about time!)

We’ve all heard stories of tech companies concocting evil plans to launch new gadgets and apps addicting children to their devices. Sound like a rumor? Sadly, these legends have proved to be true on many levels. Like when former Facebook president Sean Parker had second thoughts about what the social network was doing to our children’s brains and cast a little insight behind the scenes.

“It was developed to be addictive,” he admitted.

He wasn’t alone in his concerns. In fact a coalition of 97 child health advocates (including iGen author Jean Twenge) asked Zuckerberg to actually shut down Facebook messenger for kids (targeting 6-12 year olds) for the sole reason that kids this age shouldn’t even be on social media!

In a world where teen depression, anxiety and suicide are all at an unprecedented high, people finally seem to be taking a second look at many of these dangers many of us have been warning young people and their parents about for years now. Even tech companies seem to actually be taking some of these concerns to heart.

In May Google introduced an array of time management tools helping users “better manage screen time, track app usage, and limit the phone’s ability to distract.” (Hmmmm... it's almost as if they actually want us to "get stuff done in the constantly connected workplace.")


Apparently Apple didn’t want to be one of the only companies not making efforts in this area, so they’ve just announced a new initiative called “digital health” which will monitor how much time kids spend on devices.

It's like parents voices are actually being heard.

I have to admit, I was pretty surprised last week when I heard SnapChat actually removed "Cosmo after Dark" after uproar from parents. Pretty cool, huh?

Are you having conversations with your kids about their entertainment media diet?

Here’s some articles that might help:

Please Remove Your Headphones: 3 Tools to Engage Your Kids to Tune You In

Helping Your Kids THINK Before They CLICK: Two Conversations We Need to Have

Who is Peeking at Your Kids: Four Wise Privacy Practices Our Kids Need to Know 

Read even more helpful articles on our PARENTING HELP page!


Season Eight, Episode Sixteen, Wrath
by Thom McKee Did you ever think that mercy would win at the end of season 8 of The Walking Dead? I know that I didn’t. It is no secret that I have been very critical of this season. I

Music Discussions:
This Is America

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Video Game Reviews @
Mass Effect Andromeda

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Movie Clip Discussions:
War, The

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Topical Curriculum:
Testing Toothpicks... and Friendships

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Outreach Resource of the Week RSS Feed
Sharing our faith is a task that simply cannot wait! This resource from our MOVIE CLIP DISCUSSIONS page reminds us what’s on the line.

The Movie Clip: We’re Too Late
The movie Titanic doesn’t really need a description. It’s the movie everyone in America went and saw in 1997 in spite of knowing how it was gonna end. The ship sank! But it does tell a great love story, and is set to an awesome orchestral soundtrack. Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) saves the life of Rose 

Spiritual Growth Resource of the Week RSS Feed
Rolling the Dice in Life
It’s simple: life hinges on the decisions we make, so we should make good ones. This resource from our SPIRITUAL GROWTH AGENDAS page helps students do that.

Discussion Starter: Rolling the Dice in Life 
Lay out twelve index cards (in a rectangular fashion) that have a number printed on one side and a “situation” written on the other side. Make sure the “situation” side of the card is facing down so it cannot be read, while the number side is facing up, so that it can be read. (Number the cards 1 through 12 to correspond with the possible combinations of the two die. If your small groups are larger than 5 

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