News U Can Use: “What is Cyber Flashing? (Information for Parents)

“Sharing is caring! For many of today’s adults, we were taught about “stranger danger” and our risks of being exposed to indecency and danger were more physical than for today’s children because we did not have the internet. Today’s kids, however, face more insidious threats to their mental and emotional well-being that are constantly shifting […]

Top 10: Favorite Ministry Podcasts

Podcasts are popping up everywhere right now and Youth Ministry is no exception!  People ask me all the time which ones I listen too.  I also get quite a few people asking, when I will start one, and it may or may not be coming!   I know my daughter, Jenna, REALLY wants to start […]

News U Can Use: “Teens Ban From Trick-or-Treating”

“Last Halloween, one Virginia city went viral for banning anyone 13 years and older from trick-or-treating.  No, it wasn’t a story on The Onion. It was real. The city of Chesapeake drew national scrutiny – and social media uproar – for its decades-old ordinance that could fine or jail teens caught in costume with a sack full […]

News U Can Use: “How Generation Z Became Generation Doom”

“It’s so hard to see the future right now,” says Maddy, a teenager from New Jersey. “I worry that the world is going to end. I worry because of climate change. I worry about my family’s safety.” Nancy, 17, is from Boise, Idaho. She rates how excited she is for the future a solid 1 […]

News U Can Use: “Gaming Company Join Forces Against Virtual Lootboxes”

“The three big console makers have just pledged to put an end to the “gambling” aspect of lootboxes, meaning the gaming industry might finally put this whole shady moneymaking operation behind us — and not a moment too soon. The Federal Trade Commission’s August workshop on lootboxes appears to have made some serious waves in […]

News U Can Use: “The High Cost of Kid’s Sports”

If you want to define a “super kid,” look no further than Marcy Barnett’s 7-year-old son, Malachi. During the summer in Washington, D.C., he participates in just about every recreational sport: basketball, soccer, flag football, sailing, tennis, swimming and golf. He also has tried ice hockey, pingpong and pole vaulting. Anyone else tired after just […]

News U Can Use: “Increase in Social Media Use Ties to Rise in Teen Depression”

“(CNN) Spending too much time scrolling through social media and watching more television has been linked with symptoms of depression in young people — and a new study reveals to what extent screen time and depression may be intertwined. For every additional hour young people spend on social media or watching television, the severity of depressive […]

News U Can Use: “Talkative Parents Make Kids Smarter”

“Interesting new research suggests exposure to large amounts of adult speech may enhance a child’s cognitive skills. The major new study, led by scientists at the University of York, identified a link between kids who heard high amounts of adult speech and their nonverbal abilities such as reasoning, numeracy and shape awareness. Investigators used a […]

News U Can Use: “The Best of Netflix for Tween/Teens Coming in May”

” May belongs to tweens and teens. Netflix has plenty to keep the toddler and younger kids busy — don’t get me wrong. ….. But older kids seem to have it best. Not only do seasons of “Riverdale” and “The Flash” return, but Netflix introduces two movies with young casts who work out relationships with each other and […]