News U Can Use: “The Hoop App, the New Tinder for Teens?”

“Snapchat’s developer platform is blowing up as a gateway to teen social app users. Hoop is the latest Snap Kit blockbuster, rocketing to No. 2 on the overall App Store charts this month with its Tinder –esque swiping interface for discovering people and asking to message with them over Snapchat. Within a week of going […]

News U Can Use: “Teen TikTok Stars Making More Money Than Their Parents”

“Josh Richards started uploading videos to the popular app TikTok — then called “Musical.ly” — more than three years ago. “My sister was on the app and she made a video with me. It did really well on her account, so I decided to make an account for myself,” Richards said. During the summer of […]

News U Can Use: “Gen Z Influence 90% of Parent Spending”

Thoughts and Discussion After Reading the Below “News U Can Use”? – How is Gen Z influencing the families of your ministry tithing/giving? – How is Gen Z spending influencing the cost of events, activities, and trips in your ministry? – How much is your church spending (what % of the budget) is spent on […]

News U Can Use: “A Parent’s Guide to Teen Slang Words”

“If you clicked on this story, it’s probably because you have no idea what your kids are saying. Hi! Welcome to the club. Thanks to the internet – mostly TikTok, let’s be real – new slang words and phrases are popping up all the time, making it hard to have a conversation with your offspring.  A […]

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 […]

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: “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: “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 […]