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YouTube is a Facilitator of Sexual Exploitation

Last week, we shared a press conference by the National Center of Sexual Exploitation as they released their 2019 Dirty Dozen List. Among the companies listed, YouTube was found to be a corporation that profits from sexual exploitation, specifically child pornography. According to NCOSE, “In April 2018 [YouTube] was criticized for allowing a pornographic ad to appear on a trending YouTube video,

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The Reality of Raising Young Adults

“When our kids are small, we can talk until we are blue in the face about the struggles that come in the early years,” Katie Bingham-Smith wrote in a recent blog post. She reflects, “As my kids have gotten older and more self-sufficient, I’ve realized something I didn’t think about when they were small: I still need help.”

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Are You Aware of These Apps?

It is nearly impossible to keep up with every new, trending app that is marketed to young adults. Talking to your children about the potential risk-features associated with new apps is essential to maintaining safety online. Risk features may include: interaction with strangers, anonymity and apps that warrant privacy concerns. Common Sense Media recently released an article outlining

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Is Your Child Ready for Social Media?

Age alone should not be the determining factor in your child having personal social media accounts. The right question should be closer to “based on everything I know about my child, do I believe he or she is ready to handle the pressures, risks, emotions and unpredictable nature of using social media responsibly?” In order

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Social Media and Mental Health

New findings published by The Lancet suggests social media use may be associated with young people’s mental health, specifically young girls. United Kingdom researchers examined data on 10,904 14-year-olds born between 2000 and 2002 in the U.K. for the study, using a variety of regression and path models to find associations between social media use and depressive

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Letters to My Future Husband

  “I started writing letters to my future husband when I was 13. Like most girls, I dreamed about what my future husband would be like. At first, my letters included a lot of silly facts about my life and guesses as to how we’d meet (if we hadn’t already!). But as time passed, my heart began

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Generation Z Lab Released

In a world where generations struggle more than ever to understand each other, it is pivotal to engage in conversations surrounding difficult topics lest pop culture is left to negatively shape thoughts, opinions, and hearts. Impact 360 Institute recently released the Gen Z Lab that has over 10 hours of video content on topics like doubt and discernment, sexual integrity and more. Through

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Screens and Teens: Connecting With Our Kids In a Wireless World

  Do you catch yourself living through the lens – that is, taking so many photos with your phone or camera that you actually missed aspects of what was going on around you? Does perfectionism play into your photo-taking or your photo-sharing? In her book, Screens and Teens: Connecting With Our Kids In a Wireless World,

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Alive to Thrive: Preventing Teen Suicide

Teen suicide is a serious and troubling problem facing our country. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens in America. Focus on the Family recently published Alive to Thrive – A Guide to Preventing Teen Suicide, a program that explores the social, psychological and spiritual aspects of the epidemic. This resource, written by clinical

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Social Support Fosters Academic Achievement

Research suggests that parental involvement and supervision considerably advance children’s academic achievement. Support from family and friends also protects against bullying, which increases depressive symptoms and poor academic achievement, and promotes positive affect. Likewise, parents can assist their children in achieving academic success by regularly discussing academics at home, partnering in their child’s learning and advocating for their child.