Vol. 2 Issue 2 | January 15, 2015
THREE THINGS THIS WEEK
What It Is: The social network flavor of the week. Basically a stream of emoji-laden status updates with some pizzazz.
Why It’s Important: Social networks become “uncool” as soon as they become mainstream (Snapchat is the latest app to reach that status), so teens are always looking for the next thing. And while many apps have attempted and failed to become the next Instagram, this new app from one of the co-creators of Vine is generating buzz with students. As TeenVogue described it, it’s “like a secret club for your squad to communicate.” Be aware of the app and how it allows students to interact.
2. 21 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR LIFE
Why It’s Good: With all the name-calling, protesting, politics, and anger surrounding abortion, it’s easy to want to ignore it altogether. But every life deserves to be protected, through our actions and, more importantly, through prayer. Journey through the entire PDF with your students, including praying each day as suggested. Not only will this help students understand the biblical stance on life, it will also help them (and you) become part of the movement to create a culture that truly values life.
We’ve also created a virtual training series called “Life” that helps students understand how God views life. It can be used in churches, schools, and homes. To learn more, please visit axis.org/virtual.
Why It’s Important: If the concept takes off, it will have major influence on teens, not to mention turning the selfie stick into the 8-track tape of self-love. Like all tech, its price will slowly drop, making it affordable for the mass market, especially younger generations whose very identity is now formed by and massively dependent on visual social media. Such a drone plays on the narcissism and insecurity of students by tempting them to turn in on themselves and seek significance through this innovative way of self-promotion. (Not to mention the privacy concerns…!)
BONUS: What it’s like to “date” as a teen in 2016.
TOP 10 SONGS
1. “Sorry” by Justin Bieber
Theme: Apologizing for past mistakes; might be Bieber’s apology to fans for his past behavior.
2. “Hello” by Adele
Theme: Reaching out to an ex to apologize and possibly to see if he still cares.
3. “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber
Theme: Breaking up with a girl, telling her all the horrible things she did and to go love herself instead.
4. “Hotline Bling” by Drake
Theme: Regret over letting a girl go and seeing her move on and become something other than what he knew her to be.
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. “Same Old Love” by Selena Gomez
Theme: Breaking up with a guy because loving him only leads to a broken heart.
7. “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes
Theme: Recovering and healing from a break up; acknowledging the pain. (A more positive approach than the previous 3 songs about breakups.)
8. “What Do You Mean?” by Justin Bieber
Theme: Trying to figure out what a girl wants when she’s always saying she wants opposite things.
9. “Here” by Alessia Cara
Theme: Teenage girl regretting going to a party, saying she doesn’t want to be part of what’s considered “cool” because it’s shallow.
10. “Like I’m Donna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor ft. John Legend
Theme: Not taking someone for granted and “loving with no regrets” since we’re not promised tomorrow.