Teens and Tweens Can’t Get Enough Ninja Videos (and Anything Else on YouTube)

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Movies? TV? Those things are soooo 2015 for today’s youth. YouTube is where it’s at. That’s what Common Sense Media found in its fresh-off-the-presses 2019 “Media use by Tweens and Teens” census. While tweens and teens aren’t increasing their screen time consumption at the rapid pace we’ve seen over the last decade or two, how […]

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A Plugged In Conversation With Jessie Minassian

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Being a tween or teen has probably never been an easy thing. But the pressures faced by adolescents today—especially girls—are amplified in many ways by technology and social media. Author, speaker and regular Focus on the Family Broadcast guest Jessie Minassian has thought a lot about these issues. Her website, Life, Love and God: Where […]

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Culture Clips: TikTok Trouble

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Parents of teens and tweens may be familiar with TikTok, a popular social media app that allows you to create videos by lip-synching or dancing along to songs. However, parents might not be as familiar with the problematic content on the app. When ABC News scrolled through TikTok’s content, they found videos of teens “talking […]

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Online “Swatting:” A Prank That’s No Laughing Matter

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We don’t often think about gaming and online shenanigans leading to anything truly dangerous. But it turns out that in the right situation, those pursuits can lead to jail time and even someone’s death! Say what? NBC News recently reported on a terrible and deadly event that involved something called “swatting”—the tactic of contacting police […]

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We’re Always Connected, Thanks to Social Media. Why Do We Feel So Alone?

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Netflix’s The Politician isn’t a show I’d recommend. But it does offer some interesting thoughts on what it means to grow up in the social media age. At one point, main character Payton frets that he doesn’t have the ability to feel, in the same way that everyone else does. His mother says it’s only […]

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Tech Tuesday: How Do Online Bible Apps Impact the Way Men Read Scripture?

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How do you read the Bible? Once upon a time, there was only one answer to this straightforward question: You picked up a Bible—as in, the printed book—and read it. Simple. In the internet age, however, more and more people are using various online Bible-reading tools for their personal engagement with Scripture. And a new […]

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Culture Clips: Just Another September, Just Another iPhone?

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Yesterday, Apple fans around the world celebrated as the company released the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. The greatest feature of the iconic brand’s latest iterations seems to be the cameras: Depending on which model you get, there are up to three separate lenses on each. Some of the […]

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Tech Tuesday: The Biggest Problem With Online Gaming? Us.

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They say numbers don’t lie. And if that’s true, then the online gaming world may have a problem on its hands, especially in light of a new study by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Before you throw up your hands and digitally turn away grumbling about studies, let me pile on a whole bunch of numbers […]

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Culture Clips: The Play Nice Edition

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Pink’s tired of all the negativity on the internet. Lashing back at online natterers who don’t like how she and husband Carey Hart are parenting their children, the pop star issued a “worldwide internet challenge” that implored people to be nicer in cyberspace. “Go ONE day without criticizing someone online,” she wrote. She added, “And […]

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Tech Tuesday: What Can You Expect from iOS 13?

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I’m no Apple expert, but I am one of the many who have been lured by Apple’s marketing techniques and, yes, I have an iPhone. Which is why, as a dedicated/enthralled/sometimes frustrated Apple user, I’m here to tell you about some of the new features you can expect with the anticipated iOS 13 update—especially how […]

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Culture Clips: The Hunt for the Truth

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A swath of horrific violence across the United States may have claimed another victim—albeit one few families will weep over: The Hunt. The Universal Pictures movie, which (according to its trailer) depicts a wealthy group of elitists literally hunting down and killing people called “deplorables,” was shelved Aug. 10, with a Universal spokesman saying in […]

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Cookies: Delicious Treat or Malicious Threat?

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  Ever since 2013, when Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the Nation Security Agency’s data mining practices, people have been concerned about online privacy violations. The fear that Snowden’s disclosures evoked “resonated with Americans from day one,” according to The Guardian. The leak revealed to the world the extent to which U.S. intelligence is […]

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