Here's the latest edition of the ym360 Trends & Culture Update, a regular look at research and articles designed to keep youth ministers, adult volunteers, and parents in the loop on what's happening in youth culture. (Read why we think it's important here.)
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Without further ado, here are some relevant links we think you should know about.
- Teen tracking apps: Good parenting or risky?
- Digital Drama to Watch Out for This School Year
- Are weight loss aps for kids OK?
- US kids’ tablet usage on the rise
- 54% Of US Teens Think Life Would Be Better Without Social Media
- Expert Reveals Biggest Concern About Youngsters And Social Media
- Social media boundaries: Should teachers and students be 'friends'?
- Free Christian E-book: Your Brain on Porn
- Prescription medications are the most abused drugs among 12- and 13-year olds
- What movies are your students and/or their friends watching? Click here to check out which movies won the weekend.
- Stay in touch with what your students and/or their friends are listening to. The Billboard Hot 100 tracks songs across all mediums. By clicking here you can listen to and watch the videos for the most popular songs in the country right now. (NOTE: Use discernment when previewing this content as, sadly, much of it is objectionable.)
- Obese teenagers are more likely to earn 18 percent lesser as adults than their normal weight teenage peers, a new study finds.
- Depression Lowers When Teens Learn They Can Change, Study Shows
- CDC study shows increase in e-cig use among teens
- Teenagers Spending Time With High-Achieving Peers Are More Successful
That's it for this edition of the ym360 Trends & Culture report. Look for another one in the next week or so.
[Note: By nature, some of the articles and subject matter we deal with in Trends & Culture often conflicts with our beliefs and ethics as Christ-followers. Our purpose in linking to this type of material is to simply give you the option of knowing the culture your students are surrounded by. Use discretion to determine which links to click on.]