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.
- Campus concerns grow over use of Yik Yak app
- Teen 'Sexting' Often Precedes Actual Sex, Study Finds
- Schools in California can no longer secretly spy on students' social media accounts
- 4 Surprising Things "Likes" Mean To Teens
- 4 Emerging Apps for Teenagers
- Trend Alert: Facebook Depression (via CPYU.com)
- What Pop Culture’s Childish Heroes Tell us About our Fantasies of Youth
- Youngest age groups are significantly more likely than older adults to read books.
- The Case for Delayed Adulthood
- 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.)
- Sibling bullying ‘linked with later mental health disorders’
- Teens Just Saying No
- For Some, Smartphones Not-So-Smart
- Researchers Have Created A Music App To Help Depressed Teens
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.]