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How Teens Spend Their After-School Hours

August 29th, 2017
 Smartphones are changing the way an entire generation spends their time. Teens (or iGen, as some have named them) have come of age in a world dominated by devices and unfettered access to the web—and it’s dramatically altering their behavior. According to a recent article in The Atlantic, author Jean Twenge shows that although teens are partying and drinking less, they are feeling more depressed and isolated than ever as they spend increasing amounts of time glued to their smartphones.   In his new book, The...
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New Research: One Kind Of Teenage Friendship Results In Healthier Adulthood

August 23rd, 2017
Parents often think teenagers are overly obsessed with their best friends. They should let them be. New research published in the journal Child Development shows that teens aged 15 and 16 who had a close friend, rather than a bigger peer group featuring less intense relationships, reported higher levels of self-worth and lower levels of social anxiety and depression at 25 compared with their peers who were more broadly popular as teens. Read the whole article here.
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ALERT! Bruno Mars' Trending and Sensual Music Video

August 15th, 2017
Youth Leaders Give Their Perspectives
  Bruno Mars is a definite musical talent, and his popularity is undeniable. That’s why his latest music video, "Versace On The Floor” had 8 million views in the first 24 hours after its release. (Whoa!) The video (and the song's lyric) is very seductive, sensual, and sexual. We asked of Team interlinc youth leaders, “How do we deal with such an overtly sexual song and video that will be seen by almost every kid in our ministries?” Here are a few of their responses. - - - - - - - - - “This song and...
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30-Year Disney Veteran Helps Readers Find Their “Happily Ever After”

August 9th, 2017
“Hello! This is Jody Dreyer from Walt Disney Studios. I would like to come to visit interlinc and discuss having you work on our new film, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.” When the switchboard operator in our out-of-the-way office in the countryside outside of Nashville relayed the message to our President, Allen Weed, his response was, “Sure," (it’s got to be a joke)," tell her to come on out and see us.” Well, it was no joke, and she came! That one-hour meeting (which wound up...
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Have Smartphones Destroyed A Generation?

August 4th, 2017
More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis. This is a “must read” article for youthworkers and parents in the September issue of The Atlantic.  Here’s what the writer Jean M. Twenge has to say... "I’ve been researching generational differences for 25 years, starting when I was a 22-year-old doctoral student in psychology. Typically, the characteristics that come to define a...
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