Category Archives: Youth Culture

Answering top questions from today’s parents PART II

Is there a way to receive your child’s text directly to your phone or laptop? Can kid’s screens/apps activity be displayed on a parent’s screen? There are apps that can do this, but personally I don’t recommend them. I recommend just… Continue Reading

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Guns, Drama, and Poor Conflict Resolution Skills

Simply ask ourselves, where are our kids learning how to respond when someone disagrees with them or makes them angry? Is there anyone teaching them patience, gentleness, or considering others greater than themselves? Continue Reading

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3 Reasons Why Today’s Teens are Depressed More Than Ever Before

I can’t say I disagree. In fact, I see 3 ingredients catalyzing this unprecedented increase in teen anxiety and depression, and all flow from that device young people carry around in their pocket. Continue Reading

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Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight

42% of 0-8-year-olds have their own tablet (compared to 7% in 2013)… and 42% of parents admit that the TV is on “always” or “most of the time” in their home, whether anyone is watching or not. Continue Reading

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Police Detective Interviews Me About Teen’s Most Pressing Risks

It happens all the time. Boy asks girl to send a sexy pic. Girl sends pic. Girl and boy break up. Next thing you know, boy sends pic to the whole school with the caption, “What a whore!” Girl is devastated. Every high school has at least one story like this. Continue Reading

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STDs at an all time high… again

The timing is uncanny. Last Tuesday the CDC announced “the highest number of these sexually transmitted diseases ever reported,” literally 9 days after the Washington Post featured a story reprinted by newspapers globally about how teenagers weren’t drinking or driving or having sex, rather, they were… and I quote… “sticking to G-rated activities such as rock climbing or talking about books.” Continue Reading

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Is Snapchat and Snapmaps safe?

Thousands upon thousands of kids have snapped something irresponsibly only to discover later that someone screenshotted it or that some tech nerd actually tapped into the device’s cache to access the pics. That’s probably why the FTC actually charged Snapchat for deceiving its users. Bottom line: the pics you Snap aren’t quite as temporary as kids presume. Continue Reading

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Stalking Your Daughter

I was able to pinpoint this spot on a map—a place she returned to multiple times. That’s why I urge teenagers to think twice before posting artsy pics of their favorite mug at the Starbucks near their house before walking to their car alone at night. Continue Reading

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Is Abstinence-Only Education Really Ineffective?

So let me ask a simple question: How many sex educators and condom advocators are letting kids know this? Continue Reading

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Does Sexy Music Really Affect Me?

In 2015 researchers from the University of Central Florida tackled a project examining the relationship between sexual content in music lyrics and music videos, and the sexual behaviors of young people. They discovered: “Exposure to music containing sexual content is associated with engagement in risky sexual behaviors.” Continue Reading

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