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Teen Sleep Loss Linked To Social Media

January 26th, 2017
Sleep loss in teenagers is correlated with frequent social media use, according to a new study by researchers in the UK, titled "Sleepless in school? The social dimensions of young people's bedtime rest and routines" published in the Journal of Youth Studies. Researchers at the Wales Institute for Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods surveyed over 900 students, ages 12-15 years old, about their social media usage and sleep patterns, including when they go to bed, when they wake up, and how often they check social...
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Billboard Mag Does Exclusive Premiere of Tobymac

January 26th, 2017
We need love to break through if we are going to come together." TobyMac explores the power of love and compassion in the face of adversity in his new video for "Love Broke Thru" with a timely approach to eternal subject matter. The Eric Welch-directed video tackles the subject of protest over police violence around the country and is premiering exclusively with Billboard. It shows a young man grappling with his anger amidst his grandfather's calls for peace. "When we started working on the concept for this video we...
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Disenfranchised Youth - Barna Research

January 3rd, 2017
In our research on younger generations, particularly Millennials, we continue to see a theme of disconnection that is worth paying attention to. Young adults are waiting longer to get married, delaying children, switching jobs more often (and, with that, often where they live). They are often less trusting of government, of church and even of colleges and universities than their older counterparts. In other words, there are very few institutions—either social or economic—binding Millennials. ... read more
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MTV crisis as Millennial viewers vanish

December 1st, 2016
MTV president Chris McCarthy is cleaning house just a month into the job. The third leader of the youth-targeting network in the past two years has led Viacom sibling VH1 to its biggest ratings growth in 15 years in 2016 and hopes to bring MTV back into the daily conversation. That means eliminating several unscripted series that don't resonate with his brand vision, including Prison High, Air Sex, Almost Impossible Game Show, Acting Out, Down to Earth and Stupid Man, Smart Phone, with more potentially joining them on the scrap heap as...
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Inventor of Big Mac dies at age 98

December 1st, 2016
Big Mac inventor passes away aged 98 nearly 50 years after creating McDonald’s iconic 540 calorie burger – which he ate every week ... read more
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The Best Story of the Day That the Mainstream Media Will Ignore

September 29th, 2016
When you dropped your kids off at school today -- you probably saw a bunch of students gathered around the flag pole. Those kids were part of See You at the Pole - a national prayer gathering. ... read more
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Making Modern Toughness

September 6th, 2016
  When I ask veteran college teachers and administrators to describe how college students have changed over the years, I often get an answer like this: "Today's students are more accomplished than past generations, but they are also more emotionally fragile." That rings true to me. Today's students are amazing, but they bathe one another in oceans of affirmation and praise, as if buttressing one another against some insecurity. Whatever one thinks of the campus protests, the desire for trigger warnings and safe spaces does...
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Top 10 Findings on Teens and the Bible

August 31st, 2016
Teens across the country are gearing up to head back to school after a summer of sports camps, vacations and beach trips. Churches will soon be kicking off their youth programs, and as youth pastors and leaders prepare for teens to return, they will be thinking creatively about ways to get their young flock to dig more deeply into "the Word." read more ...
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Teens Who Say No To Social Media

August 25th, 2016
When 14-year-old Brian O'Neill of Washington, D.C., wanted to find out what his friends had been up to over summer vacation, he did something radical: He asked them. Unlike most kids his age, Brian isn't on social media. He doesn't scroll through his friends' Instagram shots or post his own, nor does he use Facebook or Snapchat. "I don't need social media to stay in touch," he says. Such abstention from social media places him in a small minority in his peer group. According to a 2015 report by the Pew Research Center, 92% of...
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Social media culture damaging youth's mental health

August 15th, 2016
Cultural pressures on young people have created a mental health powder keg that could destroy a generation's hope. Social media has created an obsession with image and wealth while celebrities such as reality TV star Kim Kardashian West create a template few can live up to.  Yet Government support for young people is "creaking at the seams and not fit for purpose". Mr Todd says: "We have lost sight of what is important and need to find space to value each other."  read more ...
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Michael Phelps’ Life Transformed

August 10th, 2016
After hitting rock bottom, The Purpose-Driven Life turned Michael Phelps' life around. This fifteen-minute video tells the whole story.
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Olympic News – Brazilian Churches Reaching & Discipling Unchurched Kids

August 10th, 2016
For the 10 years leading up to the Rio Olympics, "Legacy" is the primary goal of a Brazil sport ministry. The objective of the training of thousands of churches in 369 cities/towns is to have ongoing long term evangelism and discipleship ministry through sport and play. What exists in the churches a decade from now is their key outcome.   Ubabalo is the formal name for the teenage life-skill program created for the churches in South Africa who wanted “Legacy" outcomes when they hosted the 2010 World Cup of Soccer....
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Pokemon Go Pushes Nintendo Shares up 25%

July 14th, 2016
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Good - and bad - news about today's teens

July 7th, 2016
The results are in from the 2015 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). There is a lot to celebrate — but there are also some trends that parents, and everyone who spends time with or works with teens, should know about. ... read more
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What social media 'likes' to do to teens' brains.

July 7th, 2016
The findings of a study conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles has many people comparing "likes" on social media to sex, but don't dismiss teens as being thirsty for social media attention so quickly. ... read more
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3 Places Families Should Make Phone-Free

May 3rd, 2016
You're sitting down to dinner and -- buzz, buzz! -- your phone starts vibrating. You're driving your kid to practice and -- beep, beep! -- a call comes in. You're tucking your kid into bed and -- squawk, squawk! -- an app begs to be played. It never fails: Technology interrupts our most treasured family moments. read more ...
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College Kids Spend 1/5 of Time Checking Social

May 3rd, 2016
According to a new study, college students are spending one-fifth of their time in class on their cell phones or digital devices when they should be learning. read more ...
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How Selfie Obsessions Can Ruin Relationship

May 3rd, 2016
"Selfie" is not just word of the year, but also the mainstay of postings on social media sites such as Instagram. With the prevalence of camera-equipped smartphones the posting of selfies has reached epidemic levels – even the funerals of national leaders aren’t exempt. But is there a psychological fall-out? read more ...
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What Your Favorite Pizza Topping Says About Your Personality

May 3rd, 2016
When it came to pizza nights at my house growing up, there was always the inevitable argument over what topping we would get. Sometimes one of us would win out, while other times we would compromise and split the pizza half-and-half. But through all those topping disputes, it never dawned on me that our topping preferences might actually be saying something about our personalities. read more ...
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Sex Before Kissing: 15 Yr Old Girls Dealing with Boys

April 5th, 2016
"[I want] better education regarding sex for both boys and girls [and] information about pornography, and the way it influences harmful sexual practices." These are the words of Lucy, aged 15, one of 600 young Australian women and girls who took part in a just-released survey commissioned by Plan Australia and Our Watch. The survey, conducted by Ipsos, gathered responses from the girls and young women aged 15-19 in all states and territories. ... read more
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City Harmonic bassist Eric Fuslier is departing

March 31st, 2016
Departure Announcement from Eric Fusilier Here is a letter from Eric regarding his departure from the band, with our upcoming shows in Montreal, Ottawa, Hamilton and Cambridge being his last with us as a band. Our friendship has always been hugely important to us, so we’ll deeply miss having Eric with us and, yet, are really excited for him in his new season of mission in Hamilton, working more closely with Hughson St. We were a part of each other’s lives for many years before this band, and we’ll continue to be many years...
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