Will Your Teen Quibi? | January 10, 2020

Will Your Teen Quibi? | January 10, 2020

Three Things This Week

1. TikTok Rules

What it is: As part of a 2020 refresh, TikTok just expanded their Community Guidelines to “help maintain a safe shared space.”

Why it’s still confusing: A quick scroll through the now-lengthy page shows that they’re a lot more comprehensive than they were prior, but a closer look reveals that much is still up to interpretation. For example, they now prohibit “content depicting minors engaged in delinquent behavior,” which they further explain “includes but is not limited to the consumption or use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.” So while this may mean vaping/Juuling videos are banned (yay!), other delinquent activities are not specifically defined. Other banned content—like “hate speech,” “disinformation campaigns,” and depiction of the sale or use of weapons—will be hard to police and most likely controversial. Since accounts found guilty of severe or repeated violations will be suspended or banned, they’re worth reading through and discussing with your TikTokers.

2. Quibi

What it is: Just in case you wanted to pay for another streaming service, mobile-only platform Quibi is coming to a smartphone near you in April for $4.99/month.

Why it may change how teens watch: Their “quick bites” (see what they did there?) of media—i.e. 4- to 10-minute episodes—will offer two unique angles from which to view a scene depending on the orientation of your phone. You can choose which perspective to experience at any given moment simply by rotating your phone. This style of watching, which they’ve dubbed “Turnstyle,” can make the media seem more personal (portrait orientation typically shows a character’s perspective) and more customizable. And since the content will be shorter than what we’re used to, it will be easy to watch on the go or in the gaps between events, meaning we’ll never have to put our phones down. (And for those who don’t like viewing on smaller screens, they can always cast it to this new rotating TV.)

3. P*rn Protection in 2020

What it is: Protect Young Minds released their top 10 ways you can safeguard your children from the harmful effects of p*rnography in 2020.

Why it’s educational: From TikTok to Twitch and now even p*rnbots, carnal content is everywhere. Yet what stood out most to us after reading the article was number 10 on their list, “P*rn Shop In a Pocket,” i.e. kids showing other kids explicit content on their phones. Instead of only talking with your children about the proliferation of p*rn, talk to the parents of your kids’ friends and figure out how to fight this battle together. Have they placed parental controls on their child’s phone? Are they aware that if their child has unregulated access to the internet the chances are high that they will share explicit content with other children, including yours? We always encourage you to start conversations with your kids. But in this case, maybe the most powerful conversation you can start is with fellow parents to make sure kids are as protected and equipped as possible.

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Hollywood Hypocrisy

Ricky Gervais’ opening monologue (language!) at the 2020 Golden Globes took direct aim at “woke” Hollywood A-Listers who decry social injustice while simultaneously benefiting from both the systems and the industry perpetuating injustice. After a few raunchy jokes at the expense of Judy Dench and Leonardo DiCaprio, the entire ballroom felt the wrath of Gervais’ biting satire:

You say you’re woke, but the companies you work for run sweatshops in China…If ISIS started a streaming service, you’d call your agent, wouldn’t you? So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world.

And while conservative news outlets gleefully praised Gervais for finally sticking it to liberal Hollywood elites, no one is immune to benefiting from and participating in our exploitative, entertainment-based culture in which we value products over people and comfort over conscience. Otherwise, why would we continue to crave the latest iPhone when we know it was built in inhumane conditions or order everything from Amazon instead of supporting our local business owners?

So instead of raging against the machine or being just as guilty as LA’s luminaries, what’s one thing your family can do to make Christ-like consumer choices? Maybe it’s educating yourself and your teens on where and how the products you love are made. It could be resisting the urge to buy the next thing just because you want it now. You may not be able to dismantle the corrupt aspects of our economic system, but you can slow it down by taking responsibility for your actions and making changes to your daily habits.

Keep the Faith!

The Axis Team

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