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Survey: Number Of Kids Watching Online Videos Soars

October 29th, 2019
(AP)
  The number of young Americans watching online videos every day has more than doubled, according to survey findings released Tuesday. They’re glued to them for nearly an hour a day, twice as long as they were four years ago.   And often, the survey found, they’re seeing the videos on services such as YouTube that are supposedly off limits to children younger than age 13.   “It really is the air they breathe,” said Michael Robb, senior director of research for Common Sense Media , the nonprofit...
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CDC Reports Youth Suicide Rate Up 56% In Past Decade

October 23rd, 2019
(CBS)
More teens and young adults have come to a violent end in recent years, dying either at their own hand or another's, new federal data show. Both suicide and homicide death rates are rising among 10- to 24-year-olds, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). "Recently, in the last few years, they're both trending upward. Suicide began to turn upward earlier, in 2007, and now in 2014, homicide turned around as well," said Sally Curtin, an NCHS statistician....
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NFL, 49ers, And The Power Of Zoe’s Unconditional Love

October 23rd, 2019
(CNN)
  The San Francisco 49ers are on fire -- but it's their smallest teammate who's stealing the spotlight.   Zoë, a French bulldog tasked with providing emotional support, is spreading joy among the team with her infections smile and fun-loving personality. It's a welcome change of pace for a squad that's more accustomed to dishing out jarring tackles than super sweet snuggles.   Here are 5 pawsome facts about Zoë:   Zoë is the NFL's first emotional support dog When Zoë was adopted in October...
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YLO Artists Win Industry Awards

October 16th, 2019
The Gospel Music Association celebrated a half-century of history Tuesday night at the 50th annual GMA Dove Awards, held at Nashville's Lipscomb University. Through three hours of all-star collaborations, retrospectives, surprising wins and moving speeches, these were some of the night's most powerful moments… Read the whole story  
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Over 200,000 Students Expected To 'Stand For Christ' On Football Fields Across The Nation

October 15th, 2019
(Fox News) Hundreds of thousands of students are joining together Wednesday on football fields across the nation to encourage their peers to pray, worship, read their Bibles, and commit their lives to Christ.   Fields of Faith, a student-led ministry outreach part of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) that started in 2004, has seen thousands of kids and young adults tackle tough topics and turn their lives around at the event.   “In a world where bad news seems to be the norm, we’re happy to share the great...
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Teenagers Spending More Time On YouTube Than NetFlix (Business Insider)

October 9th, 2019
  By: Alyssa Meyers  Source: Business Insider   YouTube edged out Netflix as the preferred video streaming platform for teens, according to a new survey from investment banking firm Piper Jaffray. As part of its fall 2019 survey, Piper Jaffray polled teenagers about their video habits and found — for the first time — that they spend more time on YouTube than Netflix. Teens reported spending 37% of their daily video consumption on YouTube and 35% on Netflix, according to the survey.   When Piper Jaffray...
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Lauren Daigle’s “You Say” Breaks Weeks-At-#1 Record (Fox)

October 8th, 2019
When Hillsong UNITED's hit "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" reigned on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart for a record number of weeks, Lauren Daigle saw it and wished she could be a "part of something that shakes the earth like that song." Now the 28-year-old Louisiana native is living out that reality with her song "You Say" at No. 1 for 62 weeks now in the Christian category, days after announcing the Lauren Daigle World Tour with Johnnyswim, beginning in Australia next year and ending in Lafayette July...
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“Joker” Opens As Violence Fears Simmer, Theaters Warn Parents

October 3rd, 2019
The comic-book character known as the Joker revels in creating chaos. Some people are worried the new "Joker" movie will, too. Although officials have said no credible threats of violent behavior have surfaced in connection with the movie — which starts public screenings nationwide Thursday night before formally opening Friday — some theater chains and law enforcement agencies are taking precautions. In "Joker," a failed comedian with mental health issues (Joaquin Phoenix) descends into darkness when...
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Kanye West, Sunday Services, Jesus Is King, Controlled Chaos

October 2nd, 2019
  He's no stranger to garnering a lot of attention – this past week Kanye West has created a mini-storm of hype around his conversion as a "born again" Christian, his declaration to no longer create secular music, the release of his Jesus Is King album, and his "Sunday Service" extravaganza events. Who Is Kanye West, What Are His Messages. What Does A Youthworker Need2Know? Here are just a few of the news articles from this whirlwind of activity: What’s Really Going On With Kanye West’s New...
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