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Making Math Add Up
Tools for Helping Kids Overcome Academic Hurdles
David R. Smith

Two trains leave New York at the same time. Train A is traveling west at 44 kilometers per hour while Train B is traveling south at 51 miles per hour against a 6 knot headwind. How long will it take before you lose your mind trying to figure out which train will go the farthest in 2 hour’s time?

Now you know how lots of...
JONATHAN'S BLOG: Today's Teens and Their Tech
Last week Pew Research’s Amanda Lenhart released their brand new report on Teens, Social Media and Technology, providing us with the newest data on how many kids are actually online, engaging in social media, and using mobile devices.

Any parent or adult who has connection with today’s teens already knows the answer to that question: all of them are!

Well… pretty close.

The report provides a pretty accurate breakdown of what tech teens own and have access to. Here’s a glimpse:

Of today’s American teens, 13-17-year-olds…




  • 73% have smartphones

  • 15% only have a basic mobile phone

  • African American teens are the most likely of any racial or ethnic group to have access to a smartphone, with 85% of them reporting smartphone ownership.

  • 87% have access to a desktop or laptop computer

  • 58% have access to a tablet

  • 81% have access to a game console such as Playstation, Xbox or Wii (91% of boys, 70% of girls) (and Nielsen just released their report on how many stream video and explore the internet from these systems)

  • 91% use the internet on a mobile device

  • 92% report going online daily

  • 56% going online just once a day

  • Just 11% use anonymous apps and sites like Yik Yak or Ask.FM


Do I buy into these numbers?

Short answer—yes.

As a guy who looks at these numbers a lot, the first number I noticed was the 73% of American teens 13-17 owning smartphones. I’m used to Nielson’s numbers, which most recently revealed 80% of 14-17-year-olds owning a smartphone (the numbers grow even bigger for Gen Y). So could that 7% difference be because Pew’s numbers include 13-year-olds? Maybe. But Pew’s numbers often tend to be a little lower than Nielsen’s. Either way, these numbers are close.

Some people also might be taken back when Pew Research claims Facebook is the number one social media platform teens use, with 71% of teens saying they use it. Most of us in contacts with teens have all heard them “trashtalk” Facebook as a stalking-ground for spying parents. We probably see Snapchat and Instagram as being more prominent in teens’ lives today. So is Pew Research wrong here?

I find that today’s teens indeed like Snapchat and Insta better than Facebook, but they haven’t totally disconnected with Facebook yet. Other surveys, such as last year’s Niche survey of the graduating class of 2014 actually uncovered similar findings to Pew Research: Facebook still reigned for the most daily users, but Instagram won as garnering the “most engaged users.” Apps like YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter, Pandora and Netflix also ranked up there. (If you have trouble keeping up with all these apps and social media platforms, here’s a nice guide from Common Sense Media, or my post on Keeping Social Media Safe, or the nice workbook Doug Fields and I developed for parents, Should I Just Smash My Kid’s Phone?)

So if your kid says, “Mom, no one is on Facebook anymore.” Don’t argue; just smile and nod. Then, as you engage in frequent media conversations with your kids, observe for yourself. Don’t be surprised if teen “perception” isn’t the same as “reality”. (In fact, Stanford released an interesting study earlier this year revealing the same to be true about peer pressure.)

Regardless, these numbers about teens and their tech reveal that the overwhelming majority of young people today have easy access to mobile tech, the Internet and social media. The questions adults need to ask is… what are they gleaning from all this screen time? (a topic I talked about in detail in this recent TV interview- Part I in the series)

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JONATHAN IS THE AUTHOR OF OVER A DOZEN BOOKS ABOUT CONNECTING WITH TEENAGERS LIKE THE BRAND NEW MORE THAN JUST THE TALK, AND SHOULD I JUST SMASH MY KID’S PHONE? BRING JONATHAN TO YOUR CITY TO TEACH A PARENTING WORKSHOP ON THIS SUBJECT!
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Season 5, Episode 16, Conquer
It’s the Season Finale’, and 90 minutes just didn’t seem like enough time. I can’t believe we have to wait until the fall to see more The Walking Dead!!! (Good thing we’ll be posting Season 3 discussions this summer here
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Saving Me
Christians are here on earth so we can share the saving message of the gospel with others. That’s the powerful message behind this awesome resource on our MUSIC DISCUSSIONS page.  

Music Video: Saving Me
Nickelback’s presence has been felt in the pop, hard rock, alternative, and metal crowds. In other words, your teenagers know who Nickelback is! 

But just because Nickelback is big doesn’t mean they play nice. From “Fight for All the Wrong Reasons” 


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The Adjustment Bureau

If your students need a better understanding of free will, then check out this great resource from our MOVIE CLIP DISCUSSIONS page. It’ll help them grow in their faith.


Movie Clip: Whatever Happened to Free Will? 
The Adjustment Bureau is The Matrix minus Keanu Reeves. The movie addresses the idea of fate – do we control our own destinies…or does something/someone else control it for us? In this film, an ambitious politician named David Norris (Matt Damon) meets a ballet danc


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