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Making Sense of the Madness
Helping Teens Develop a Biblical Worldview Amidst the Chaos
David R. Smith

A couple of devastating hurricanes. Escalating racial tensions. The death of an international pornographer. And a mass shooting. Endless questions have been raised on these events. 

Do your teenagers have the right answers? In short, do they know how to think theologically...
JONATHAN'S BLOG: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight
Common Sense Media just released a brand new report about the evolution of media use by kids age eight and under.

Yes… eight and under!

If you found it difficult to believe that the average age today’s kids receive their first smartphone is 10 (yes… that’s just the average), then you’ll find it even more intriguing how much and what kinds of technology kids are using in the years prior.

I think parents are slowly realizing that kids are being inundated with entertainment media and technology at younger ages. In my parent workshops, churches no longer just market to “parents of teens”… because they realize parents of 4th graders and 6th graders are watching entertainment from the same sources (YouTube, Netflix) and experiencing the same struggles. In fact, when my publisher and I were discussing the title of my new Teens Guide to Social Media and Mobile Devices …a book that many parents are calling their new “phone contract” their kids need to read before getting their device… it almost seemed silly to use the word “Teens” because we know that many “tweens” were the ones who really needed to read it!

Today’s children age zero-to-eight average over three hours a day with media, 42 minutes on a mobile device. Here’s some random facts I found interesting:

  • 42% of 0-8-year-olds have their own tablet (compared to 7% in 2013)

  • 42% of parents admit that the TV is on “always” or “most of the time” in their home, whether anyone is watching or not.

  • 33% of 0-8-year-olds watch music videos


But by God’s grace…

  • Only 4% of 0-8-year-olds use social media sites like Insta, Snapchat or Music.ly


I encourage you to read, or at least skim this new report and see exactly how fast mobile technology is changing the family dynamic. Here’s a helpful infographic with many of the findings:
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Season Seven, Episode Sixteen, The First Day of the Rest of Your Life
by Thom McKee Who would you rather be, Negan or Rick? Think about it. Negan has pretty much everything he wants, including immense power and access to most of the material things that people only enjoyed before the Zombie apocalypse.
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Prince of Persia

Want a great resource to show your kids the Gospel? Check out this terrific resource from our MOVIE CLIP DISCUSSIONS page that talks about being adopted by God.


The Movie Clip: Street Rat to Prince 
Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) is adopted by a Persian king and has his life forever changed. But after leading an attack on a city thought to be harboring weapons for enemies, Dastan comes across a dagger that allows its user to travel through time. It’s a race across the kingdom to prevent the powerful weapon 


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Wire Cutters

Here’s a stirring resource from our YOUTUBE DISCUSSIONS page that will teach your students about the hidden dangers of greed.

 

The Discussion Starter: Wire Cutters 

This short film is nothing short of brilliant! The 9-minute-long silent video shows the story of two gem-collecting robots that accidentally meet on the surface of a planet and realize they can accomplish more together than they can independently. But not long after their partnership i


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