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"The Golden Compass" Points Kids In The Wrong Direction

Dec. 7, 2007 - Parents beware! This movie is based on the popular athiestic, anti-Christian novels by Philip Pullman. The novel is Northern Lights (later renamed The Golden Compass). It is the first of his "Dark Materials" trilogy.
Pullman is an avowed atheist who wrote the trilogy because he was upset by the Christian evangelism in C.S. Lewis,’ The Chronicles of Narnia.
According to Michael Medved, the film toned down its anti-Christian agenda, but it will draw unsuspecting youth to the novels which are blatantly athiestic. Medved says boycotting the movie will just give it publicity, so it would be better to stay at home and wait for the new Narnia movie next May.
Source: CBN - Michael Medved on "The Golden Compass"
The Golden Compass: Atheism for Kids? - Charles Colson
“The Golden Compass”: Innocent Adventure or Atheist Gateway? - Eric Rice - Crosswalk

Middle School Birth Control Approved

Oct. 18, 2007 - A Maine Middle School will now give birth control pills and patches to students as young as 11 years of age without the parents' knowledge!
Though an overwhelming majority of parents objected to the plan at the school's Wednesday night meeting, only two of the seven school board members did not approve the plan.
Source: CBN - (Story no longer online)

Poll: Family Ties Key to Happy Kids

Aug. 20, 2007 - Believe it or not, a poll of people between the ages 13 and 24 reveals that quality time spent with the family is their number one desire.
Next was spending time with friends, followed by time with a significant other. And even better for parents: Nearly three-quarters of young people say their relationship with their parents makes them happy.
Source: Fox

Young Girls Going Wild, But at What Consequences?

Sept 9, 2007 - Bad examples for young girls like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan are just part of the trend toward the “sexualization of girls” (a term coined this year by an American Psychological Association report).
The research analyzed the content and effects of virtually every form of media, including television, music videos, music lyrics, magazines, movies, video games and the Internet. It also examined recent advertising campaigns and merchandising of products aimed toward girls.
All of this leads to an immoral life style. This behavior leads to the three most common mental health problems diagnosed in girls and women: eating disorders, low self-esteem, and depression.
Source: Fox

MySpace Finds 29,000 Sex Offenders

July 25, 2007 - Under legal pressure from the justice departments of several states, My Space has discovered more than 29,000 registered sex offenders with profiles on their system.
North Carolina's attorney general Roy Cooper is pushing for a state law that would require children to receive parental permission before creating social networking profiles. It would also require the Web sites to verify the parents' identity and age.
Source: CBN - (Story no longer online)

What Guys See That Girls Don’t

May 16, 2007 - Sharon Daugherty's book, What Guys See that Girls Don’t, explains that the way girls dress has a greater effect on guys than they might think. When a male sees sexy dress or behavior, his Automatic Nervous System (ANS) instantly reacts.
Immediately, the ANS in a guy causes his heart rate to increase, his hands to break out in a cold sweat, his body to break out in a cold sweat, and he has to make a decision.
He should just look the other way, but it's a lot harder for him than she knows, and "It actually is selfish and doesn’t consider how it could cause a brother to stumble."

Virginia Tech Massacre!
Virginia Tech Police Identify Shooter as South Korean Student

Apr. 17, 2007 - Cho Seung-Hui, a South Korean student at Virginia Tech, methodically killed 32 people at the university, then killed himself in the worst shooting incident in U.S. history. At this time the motive is not known.
Source: Fox
Behind the Killings, a Troubled Mind - Time
Update: April 18, 2007

Boycott Homosexual 'Day of Silence,' April 18

Mar. 31, 2007 - According to Linda Harvey, president and founder of the conservative group Mission America, Christian parents may consider keeping their kids at home on April 18 - to protest the indoctrination of students to approve of homosexual, bisexual or transgender behavior.
"Students shouldn't be forced to self-censor or adopt beliefs contrary to those of their parents and places of worship," Harvey added. "Even the strongest of our junior high and high school children are not equipped to serve as frontline soldiers in this culture war."
Source: Crosswalk - (Story no longer online)

Passion Takes It Higher

Mar. 26, 2007 - Worship music from Passion Conferences have been a great influence on young people and on the church in our generation.
Popular among college students for years, songs from Passion's primary worship artists—Redman, Tomlin, Charlie Hall, and David Crowder Band—have exploded across age groups in the last couple years.
Source: Christianity Today

The Crush: 7 Ways to Get His Attention

Mar. 7, 2007 - Good advice for Christian girls from Jennifer E. Jones.

Bill Gates: My Kids Get Limited Computer Time

Feb. 21, 2007 - When the 10-year-old daughter of Microsoft founder Bill Gates started spending lots of time on the computer, he and his wife set limits.
Gates said he and his wife Melinda decided to set a limit of 45 minutes a day of total screen time for games and an hour a day on weekends, plus what time she needs for homework.
Source: Fox

The generation of 'damaged' girls

Feb. 20, 2007 - According to a United Nations study, British children are unhappiest and unhealthiest in the developed world.
The American Psychological Association's report says inappropriate marketing is leading to the sexualisation of children by a consumer society.
Source: Telegraph - UK - (Story no longer online)

Fifth Female Victim Wounded By Amish School Shooter Dies

Oct. 3, 2006 - Charles Carl Roberts IV, a man with schoolchildren of his own, wrote suicide notes, then took guns to an Amish one-room schoolhouse, where he bound all of the girls, shot at several of them, then took his own life. So far, five of the girls have died. He was not Amish himself, but was apparently motivated by a grudge from his own childhood days. This was the third deadly school shooting in one week.
The Bush administration on Monday called for a school violence summit to be held next week with education and law enforcement officials to discuss possible federal action to help communities prevent violence and deal with its aftermath.
Source: Fox

Police Investigate Shooting at Montreal College

Sept 14, 2006 - A 25-year-old person named Kimveer Gill killed one person and wounded 19 others before he was slain by police on the campus of Dawson College in Montreal, Canada. On his web site he called himself "Trench" and the "Angel of Death."
He said on the site that he liked to play "Super Columbine Massacre," an Internet-based computer game that simulates the April 20, 1999, shootings at the Colorado high school by two of its students that left 13 people dead.
Source: Fox - (Story no longer online)

Porn Victim: U.S. Too Slow on Pedophiles

Apr. 5, 2006 - Justin Berry, a teenager who was coached by pedophiles into setting up his own Web cam child pornography business, decided a year ago to stop the business and surrender information on up 1,500 pedophiles. He gave the government names, credit card numbers and other information. After a whole year, only one arrest has been made.
lieved that the government would protect the children being abused. I believed they would act quickly," Berry, now 19, told the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "I was wrong."
Source:AP ( - (Story no longer online)

Evangelical teens rally in S.F.

Mar. 27, 2006 - Teen Mania's "Battle Cry for a Generation," led by Ron Luce, attracted more than 25,000 evangelical Christian youth to a two-day counter-revolution meeting to encourage Christian activism and opposition to the dangers teens face today.
The villains, Luce said, range from the promiscuity and "sexualization" of young people on MTV and the popular online meeting hub to a corporate culture that spends millions trying to woo the under-21 crowd.
San Franciso drafted an official city condemnation against the rally.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Why parents must mind MySpace

Feb. 27, 2006 - Personal information and pictures of teens on the wildly popular "MySpace" network poses a grave threat from sexual predators.
Get involved with TeenAngels - for Cyber safety
Talkin' 'Bout MySpace Generation - CBN

Pornographers targeting youthful iPod users

Jan. 30, 2006 - At least three "adult entertainment" companies have established divisions to produce content for Apple's iPod which is wildly popular among young people.
...former Justice Department prosecutor Patrick Truman and Judith Reisman Ph.D., a veteran federal consultant and former Commission on Pornography member, are both warning parents to protect their kids.
They say Apple Computer should take responsibility for adding blocking safeguards or at least parental controls, and if they will not do so, legislation should be passed to protect your young people from this all-out assualt on family values.

The Secret Lives of Teenagers

May 12, 2005 - Aaron Brown's sobering update on sexual attitudes and practices by American teenagers reveals the need for better communication between youth and parents. Sexual themes in the media also play a large role in the changing mores.

More Schools Saying 'Amen' to Bibles in the Classroom

May 2, 2005 -"The Bible as History and Literature" is being taught in more than 1000 high schools in 35 states. Students take the course during school hours, receive credit for the class, and use the Bible as the textbook. There is growing interest in the course curriculum from the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools (NCBCPS). A spokesman for the council says...
...schools are recognizing the importance of using the Bible to teach ethical and moral values... many schools view the Bible course as a tool to help reduce campus crime, teenage pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases.
Source:Crosswalk - (Story no longer online)

Generation Sex: Promiscuity Makes the Grade on Campus

April 26, 2005 - CBN interviewed students on several college campuses to see if the moral situation is as bad as it is depicted in Tom Wolfe's "I Am Charlotte Simmons."
Wolfe details how sex is frequently reduced to heartless hookups and binge drinking, which leads to many risky, almost-anonymous sexual encounters.
According to Dr. Joe McIlhaney of Austin's Medical Institute for Sexual Health at least 75 percent of collegians have been involved in sexual intercourse.

Generation Y embraces choice, redefines religion

Apr. 12, 2005 - Reboot, an organization that studies generational issues, has just released their study called, "OMG! How Generation Y is Redefining Faith in the iPod Era." It was based on a survey last year of 1,385 persons ages 18 to 25. Among other findings, it revealed that 23 percent of Generation Y, like Generation X [Ages 26 to 39], do not identify with a religious denomination or don't believe in God.

Generation Y values include choice, informality and personal expression.

It also could mean an even deeper culture war, said Mr. Galston, as young Americans push their religious pluralism and a backlash emerges from other young Americans who don't want to lose traditional and religious moorings.
Source:Washington Times (Story no longer online.)

New Studies Say Teens May Be Hardwired for Religion

Feb. 1, 2005 - A new study of teens found that American children as a group are suffering from more anxiety than children of the 1950’s who were considered psychotic. Many teens are unhappy and selfish, and are no longer developing empathy, moral commitment and the ability to love.
So what's the problem? A significant cause of this "crisis," the commission said, is that children and teens are experiencing "a lack of connectedness ... to other people, and [lack of] deep connections to moral and spiritual meaning."
The good news is that the report showed that children and teens are essentially "hardwired" to form close attachments to other people, beginning with parents, and then expanding to include a wider group of people. Moreover, religious communities are best able to transmit the beliefs, value and morals that give young people a sense of belonging in their world.
Source:Crosswalk - (Story no longer online)

Confronting tough issue of teens and sex

Jan. 26, 2005 - Katie Couric hosts a one-hour special tonight on NBC at 10 p.m. Eastern Time. It is called "411: Teens and Sex." Many teens consider some kinds of sexual activities as no big deal. The documentary will give advice for parents trying to help navigate their teens through this tricky new world.

411: Teens and Sex

Jan. 19, 2005 - A special report, based on a poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, indicates that younger teens are increasingly involved in sexual activity. According to the poll, 27% of American teens, between the ages of 13 and 16, have had some sexual experience.
Most of these sexually active teens have touched someone else’s genitals and almost half had oral sex and/or had sexual intercourse. Sexual activity is much more common among 15 to 16 year-olds (41%) than 13 to 14 year-olds (14%).

Study Shows Public Schools Indoctrinate Even Christian Kids

Nov. 26, 2004 - Dan Smithwick, president of the Nehemiah Institute, has developed the "PEERS test," and has administered it to young people from Christian homes who are attending public schools.
Smithwick's worldview test consists of a series of statements carefully designed to identify a person's worldview in five categories: Politics, Economics, Education, Religion, and Social Issues (PEERS). Each statement is framed to either agree or disagree with a biblical principle.
The alarming results show that Christian youth are being influenced much more by the secular humanism of the public school system than they are by Biblical principles. They also tend to be "socialist" in their political views.
Source:Crosswalk - (Story no longer online)

Teen sex linked to TV porn

Sept. 8, 2004 - A study of 1,792 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17, shows that those who watch a lot of television with sexual content are twice as likely to engage in intercourse than those who watch few such programs.
It found that shows where sex was talked about but not depicted had just as much impact as the more explicit shows. “Both affect adolescents’ perceptions of what is normal sexual behavior and propels their own sexual behavior.”
Source:Daily Times

Youth Issues In The News

Here are sample articles from recent publications about our youth and their culture:
Media's Sex Deluge Impacts Teens
May 13, 2004
Source:Agape Press (Story no longer online)

Girl Culture Begets Backlash
April 23, 2004

Hip Mission: Joan Of Arcadia
Apr. 17, 2004
Source:Christianity Today

When teenagers say 'no' to sex

Mar. 16, 2004 - The ranks of the "good girls" are growing. Teenage pregnancies are down, way down. The high rates recorded in the 1980s, peaking in 1990 at 116.9 of every thousand girls, have steadily declined. Among teenage girls between 15 to 19 years old in 2000, the rate was 83.6 per 1,000 girls. The good news reaches across all racial and ethnic groups in every one of the states. How did this good news, calculated from surveys by the Alan Guttmacher Institute, happen? Some of the reasons are obvious: fear of sexually transmitted disease, especially AIDS; Welfare reform that no longer provides financial incentives for pregnant teens; aggressive pursuit of child support from young fathers; the campaign for birth control; and not least, the campaign for abstinence that was once widely hooted at.
Source: Town Hall -Suzanne Fields (Story no longer online.)

Report suggests 10% of students abused

Mar. 13, 2004 - A federal study indicates that sexual misconduct is far worse than the priest scandal. More study needs to be focused on this area because the existing data from a survey for the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation in 2000, indicates roughly 290,000 students experienced some sort of physical sexual abuse by a public school employee from 1991 to 2000.

Parents with backbone

Feb. 27, 2004 - Parents in Fairfax, Virginia, have succeeded in getting rid of a program called The International Baccalaureate Curriculum. The program's supporters claim that it teaches students "how to think globally" and "how to make us part of the world." One of the parents said,
[It] promotes socialism, disarmament, radical environmentalism, and moral relativism, while attempting to undermine Christian religious values and national sovereignty.
Source:Townhall - Thomas Sowell (Story no longer online.)
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