The Adolescent Brain

The video below is a must watch TED Talk for anyone who cares about, works/serves with, and/or is raising adolescents.  TED offers the following introduction: Why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive, so much less self-aware than grown-ups? Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically "teenage" behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain. So What? Blakemore provides many helpful Read More …

More Teens Are Sexting

A recent study led by Jeff Temple from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, shows how common sexting has become among teens: 28% have sent a naked photo of themselves via text or email 31% have asked someone for a sext 57% have been asked to send a sext So What? In recent years, churches have gotten more involved in educating youth and their parents about technology.  Sexting is too significant and has become too widespread an issue to ignore.  How is your Read More …

Teens Benefit from Time with Parents

A new long term study published in the August issue of Child Development reveals that teens benefit from spending time with parents.  While the study included only a small group of two parent families in Pennsylvania with limited diversity, the findings are worth noting.  More specifically: The study authors were surprised to discover that when fathers spent more time alone with their teenagers, the kids reported they felt better about themselves. "Mothers weren't unimportant, but they are kind Read More …

Teens & Social Networking

The Pew Internet and American Life Project released "Teens, kindness and cruelty on social network sites" last week.  Educators, parents, and those who work with teens in any capacity should consider the report a must read (click here to access the full 86 page report).  It reviews the multi-stage research that began in December 2010 with a meeting of experts to help refine the project, continued with focus groups of middle and high school students in January and February of 2011, and concluded Read More …

The Influence of Technology

"The Family and Technology Report" is one of the Barna Group's latest publications.  The report is based on research conducted in partnership with Orange, which is part of the reThink Group. "The innovative study included nationwide interviews among parents and 11- to 17-year-olds from the same households, allowing comparisons between the parents and the tweens and teenagers who reside in the same home." Recently, Church Juice's Jerod Clark discussed the study's five findings and provided a Read More …