Vol. 2 Issue 13 | April 1, 2016
Three Things This Week
1. Kehlani & Kyrie
What it is: R&B singer Kehlani attempted suicide on Monday after a picture of her and singer PND (“Party Next Door”) in bed surfaced on Instagram, sparking rumors she was cheating on her NBA superstar boyfriend Kyrie Irving
Why it’s important: Kehlani was the target of one of the largest cases of cyberbullying, involving hundreds of thousands of social media users, leading to her suicide attempt. Sadly, she is not alone. Roughly 30,000 students stay home from school everyday because of bullying, while 42% of students admit to being cyberbullied. Watch this Axis presentation with your students to help them navigate the world of online bullying from a biblical perspective.
2. Night Shift
What it is: With the release of iOS 9.3, Apple introduced a new feature that shifts the light emitted by iOS devices toward the red spectrum after the sun has set with the hope of helping users sleep better.
Why it’s important: Though there’s some evidence that the spectrum of lights we use can disrupt our circadian rhythms and keep us from sleeping well, it brings up an interesting discussion. If the light from our devices is keeping us from sleeping well, is the solution to change the wavelengths they emit? Or are we missing the larger issue of just putting our devices down?
What it is: A new streaming movie service that allows customers to edit questionable content out of films.
Why it’s good: On one hand, VidAngel is revolutionizing the streaming industry by providing families a safe platform to enjoy Hollywood’s best movies while filtering out things like violence, sexual themes, and profanity.
Why it’s bad: On the other hand, this tool can easily cross the line into legalism and sheltering. A character can say profane things without ever using what we categorize as “cuss words” or “obscenities.” Therefore, we suggest that this tool becomes one of many in your toolbox for discipleship and teaching media discernment. Create a media discernment strategy for the whole family and help your teens understand the messages behind media. Here are some great thoughts to help you practice media discernment in your home.
Top 10 Songs
1. “Work” by Rihanna ft. Drake
Theme: A woman wants more out of a relationship, but all he wants is sex.
2. “ Years” by Lukas Graham
Theme: A warning not to let life pass you by and realize that you don’t have good relationships with other people.
3. “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber
Theme: Apologizing for past mistakes; might be Bieber’s apology to fans for his previous behavior.
4. “My House” by Flo Rida
Theme: Going out is sometimes overrated, especially if the women are willing to come to his house and sleep with him.
5. “Stressed Out” by twenty one pilots
Theme: Reminiscing over how easy it is to be a kid and how being an adult today tends to lead to stress, pressure, and caring about the wrong things.
6. “No” by Meghan Trainor
Theme: Telling girls it’s ok to be blunt (rude) in saying no to guys who try to pick them up in bars.
7. “Me, Myself, & I” (warning: f bombs!) by G Eazy x Bebe Rexha
Theme: I don’t need anyone else because I’m the only one I can count on for anything.
8. “Pillowtalk” by Zayn
Theme: Making sex the ultimate focus in a relationship.
9. “Cake by the Ocean” (warning: profanities!) by DNCE
Theme: Encouraging a girl to stop being so serious, “go crazy,” and sleep with him.
10. “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” (warning: f bombs!) by Mike Posner
Theme: Relating his experience with partying and warning listeners not to do what he did because they will wake up alone and sad.