Vol. 2 Issue 18 | May 6, 2016

Vol. 2 Issue 18 | May 6, 2016

Three Things This Week

1. Teens on Tinder

What it is: Students as young as 13 are now using the “hookup” app Tinder.

Why it's bad: The main reason people use this dating app is to meet someone in real life for casual sex. Making matters worse, 7% of Tinder’s 50 million users are 13 to 17 years old. Tinder uses geolocation and profile information to match individual users to one another. This means your son or daughter could be sharing their name, photo, and location with an adult, making them especially vulnerable to sexual predators. Here’s everything you need to know about Tinder.

2. Parenting Together

What it is: If you are married, share the Culture Translator with your spouse!

Why it's important: Schedule five minutes each week to talk with your spouse about the Culture Translator, then come up with a gameplan to start a conversation with your teen about one of the trending topics. Also, here’s a Family Conversation Kit on gender identity, homosexuality, and marriage to help you talk with your sons and daughters about these difficult topics.

3. Glued

What it is: An app that (ironically) wants you to spend less time with your smartphone. It’s especially pertinent since a recent study shows that 50% of teens think they’re addicted to their devices.

Why it's good: Smart devices are simply tools, and how they impact our lives depend on how we use them, thus the need for helpful apps like Glued that encourage mindful use of modern technology. Remember, you are smarter than your smartphone! Create good technology habits within your family, even if you don’t choose to use this app. Ask your students how they feel about the amount of time they spend with their devices. Also, ask them how their devices are making life more manageable, and how their devices might be making life more disjointed and chaotic.

Update: All 12 tracks on Beyoncé’s Lemonade debuted on the Hot 100 this week.

Top 10 New Slang Terms

1. Thirsty: Someone who is desperate for attention and is going about it in all the wrong ways.
Sample: “He’s trying too hard. He’s just thirsty.”

2. Doe: Used in place of the word “though” to provide additional emphasis.
Sample: “That Beyonce song, doe.”

3. Throw Shade: To give someone a dirty look.
Sample: “Evan just threw shade at Esther. He must be upset.”

4. PAP: Acronym for “post a picture” on social media.

5. Dubai Was Lit: Watch for this phrase to catch-on after a video went viral on Thursday of a student waking up from anesthesia.

6. Boots: A word thrown at the end of a sentence to give it emphasis.
Sample: “I’m hungry boots.”

7. THOT: A sexist, derogatory term used to describe women, meaning “That Ho Over There.”

8. Savage: Hard-core.
Sample: “That concert was savage”

9. FUBB: Acronym for “F***ed Up Beyond Belief.”

10. Cancel: To reject a person, place, or thing.
Sample: “Scott asked me out. Cancel.”