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"Safer" Smoking
Why Vaping May Not Be As Harmless As We Were Told
David R. Smith

Vaping – the act of inhaling vapor from e-liquid through a personal vaporizer – has always been touted as “safer” than smoking conventional cigarettes. But according to new research, that might not be saying much. 

In a world where drug use among teenagers is down overall, vaping and marijuana use are...
JONATHAN'S BLOG: What age should my kid be on social media?
It’s one of the biggest questions I hear from parents at my workshops each month. “What age should I let my kids have a smartphone?” or “What age should I allow them to get SnapChat, Insta and all the other social media apps they want?”

We’ve posted some great resources on recently that will help answer that question, including a brand new article posted just this week titled, Parenting Middle Schoolers: More Than Just Surviving This Transitional Phase. But parents of high school students shouldn’t ignore that article, because in the early part of the article where I talk about “Delaying Social Media” I not only provide some brand new research about the undeniable connection from social media to the rise of depression in America, but I also provide some helpful questions you can ask your kids to engage them in meaningful conversation about this subject.

You can read even more about this trend in our recent article, 3 Ingredients Catalyzing the Spike in Teen Depression: And How a Caring Adult Can Actually Help.

But for those parents whose kids already have devices, then you’ll find some very practical advice in our article Helping Your Kids THINK Before They CLICK: Two Conversations We Need To Have, giving you some helpful tips from my brand new book, The Teen’s Guide to Social Media and Mobile Devices.

If you’re looking for answers to these questions and more, I recently answered the top 30 questions asked by parents today in this blog. Check out that series of posts HERE.

Oh… and the answer to that question… what age? (I guess you’ll have to read that first article to find out.)   :)

Season Eight, Episode Eleven, Dead or Alive Or
There is a story I heard about a man who was trapped on his roof during a hurricane. So he decided to pray. He said, “God, I have so much to live for. Please don’t let me die now and

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Battle, LA
As Christians, our mission is to tell the world about the love of Jesus…and that mission must be accomplished! This resource from our MOVIE CLIP DISCUSSIONS page gives help with that task.  

The Movie Clip: Going Back In 
Battle, Los Angeles is a movie on par with Independence Day; it pits American military personnel in a fight against aliens…with survival on the line. Earth is under attack, with all major cities around the world being targeted first. Los Angeles is a prime targ

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Stuck Under Temptation
Temptation is a reality for everyone, teenagers included. This resource from our SPIRITUAL GROWTH AGENDAS page helps young people overcome it when facing it. 

Discussion Starter: Kids and Marshmallows 
This is a funny little experiment performed on kids using a marshmallow and a hidden camera. Basically, the setup is this: kids are escorted into a room by an adult and given one marshmallow. They are told that if they wait to eat the marshmallow, when the adult returns, IF the marshmallow hasn’t been