Three Things This Week
1. Screen Time
What it is: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that digital exposure (screen time) be limited for children of all ages.
Why it’s important: Here are some basic questions to ask yourself about your family’s digital habits. How many digital devices are in your home? Who uses them and for what purpose? Is screen time replacing other healthy activities like creative play, outdoor time, face to face interaction, or rest? Teens spend roughly nine hours a day with screens. The AAP recommends that infants under 18 months should not be exposed to screens at all. For children two to five years old, they recommend screen time should be limited to one hour per day. For children six and older, create a family media plan and stick to it!
What it is: A new podcast by Shane Blackshear (Seminary Dropout) and Kerri Fisher that helps start spiritually based conversations about race.
Why it’s good: OnRamp is a five-part podcast that equips you to talk with your students about racial stereotyping, privilege, diversity, and racial reconciliation from a Jesus-centered perspective. Listen to episode 1 here.
3. Cover Guys
What it is: 17-year-old James Charles (1.2 million Instagram followers) is CoverGirl’s first ever “Cover Boy” while YouTube star Manny Gutierrez (2 million subscribers) was just named Maybelline’s first ever male ambassador.
Why it’s important: Beyond these two examples, gender fluidity continues to be a hot topic in 2017, with National Geographic magazine putting a transgender teen on their cover in the same month Sara Kelly Keenan became the first American citizen to have “intersex” put on her birth certificate. Students are less inclined to accept traditional gender norms, believing gender is a spectrum and not binary. As Christ-followers, we must educate ourselves on these issues and respond with love, even when we do not understand. Be respectful. Ask good questions and begin an honest dialogue with your students about these tough topics.
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2017 Teen Slang
The power of teen slang lies in its newness or its irony. Here are ten new words or phrases that will upgrade your culture translation skills in the new year!
1. Murk: To kill or “murder”.
2. Scarfing: A disturbing trend among teenage boys to tie a scarf around their neck while masturbating to obstruct blood flow and increase pleasure, leading to accidental suicide in many cases.
3. Vaguebooking: An intentionally vague Facebook status update or prompting friends to ask what is wrong. It can be used as a cry for help or as an insecure ploy for attention.
4. Take the ‘L’: To admit defeat and take a loss in a situation, relationship, or project.
5. Gucci: Something that is cool, hip, or fresh.
6. Mooning: To ignore or mute someone via your iPhone by putting their number in “Do Not Disturb” mode.
7. GNOC: Acronym for “Get naked on camera.”
8. 9: “A parent is watching.”
9. CU46: “See you for sex.”
10. Ghosting: The act of suddenly ceasing all communication with someone you are dating, but no longer wish to date in hopes they just take the hint and go away.