Screen Time Discouraged for Children

The World Health Organization is recommending no screen time for children under one year old and limiting sedentary screen time to one hour per day for children under five years old. The guidelines state that these recommendations along with better sleep and exercise will result in healthier adults. “Previous generations worried about the impact of

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Starbucks Commits to Filtering Obscene Content

Starbucks Corporation has followed through on their public commitment to filter pornography and child pornography from their WiFi, Enough Is Enough (EIE) announced on Monday. Nearly 8,500 company-owned stores will now be blocking access to obscene content following a petition signed by tens of thousands of customers over the course of the last five years. This

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Take a Stand on Exploitation in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Since 1964 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue has sexually objectified women for sport and profit. The 2019 edition is scheduled to release next week. The magazine sends a message that women’s bodies are for public consumption, and any retailer that displays and sells the magazine is condoning the toxic culture of entitlement to the female body. These images are not designed to

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Fighting the Purity Battle Before & Within Marriage

“Our culture is so obsessed with planning and preparing  for an epic wedding but we don’t do anything to plan  and prepare for an epic marriage.”  – Audrey Roloff In a recent podcast, Jeremy and Audrey Roloff discuss what it looks like to pursue the purity battle before and within marriage. In the same way culture

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5 Technology Rules for Parents

In a recent article in Fast Company magazine Sonia said when she was younger, she could hardly wait to participate in social media. Upon reflection, she later wrote: “Several months ago, when I turned 13, my mom gave me the green light and I joined Twitter and Facebook. The first place I went, of course, was my mom’s profiles.

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Workshop: Leading in Difficult Circumstances

Abstinence Clearinghouse Founder Leslee Unruh presented a workshop for pregnancy center leaders at the Heartbeat International Conference in Dallas, Texas on Wednesday. The workshop inspired leaders persevering in the pregnancy help movement to excel in their calling as sowers of God’s grace. Attendees walked away with practical tips on how to lead fervently, relying on

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California Seeks to Make Abortion Legal on College Campuses

A California Senate committee approved Senate Bill 24, a bill created with the intention to expand abortion services, specifically the use of abortion drugs, to students on college campuses. According to a recent article, an estimated 300 to 500 University of California and California State University students already seek abortions in California each month, traveling off-campus to

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Life Unstuck

God wants us to be reminded and refreshed by the complete and unshakable knowledge of our redeemed life. He wants us completely restored from things that keep us stuck in the past, and He wants us set free to joyfully anticipate all he has planned for our future. In her book, Life Unstuck, Pat Layton uses

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Ohio Defunds Planned Parenthood

In 2017, President Donald Trump signed a bill allowing states to revoke funding from organizations that provided abortions. The bill allowed states to remove the family planning funding offered through Title X. The state of Ohio recently exercised its right to defend Planned Parenthood clinics statewide. According to CBN News, the news was delivered to Planned Parenthood by the Ohio Department

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Google Docs: The New Social Platform for Teens

The latest trend for communicating during school hours is to use Google Docs to chat with their friends. The app has become a staple in the workplace and in schools, as the program offered through Google offers easy sharing, collaboration and automatically saves the users work. Furthermore, more than one person can be working on

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Teen Slang: Do You Know the Meaning?

Slang terms are ever evolving and are an integral part of growing up. A word or abbreviation can add significant meaning or emotion to a message or text. Slang helps teens define their connections, feel accepted and gain independence. Keeping up on teen slang and lingo may seem daunting; however, understanding the language teens communicate with verbally and

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MYTH: My Future Spouse Will Complete Me

Loneliness can be one of the most difficult feelings we as humans can experience. For many singles, the feeling of loneliness can be a motivating factor in seeking to find the perfect spouse. However, attempting to find the perfect spouse can drive a person to give up a healthy relationship for fear there is a better person out there. The

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Marijuana & Psychosis

Whenever anyone opposes the topic of marijuana they are challenged to back up their opposition with recent scientific evidence. A recently published study in The Lancet involving, among others, researchers at King’s College London, compared 900 people who had been treated for psychosis with 1,200 people who had not. Groups were surveyed on a number of factors, including

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Navigating a Technological World

“Have you identified some specific concerns about your teens? Is it their impatience? Their multitasking that you interpret as rude? Entitlement attitudes? Not enough sleep? Complaining? Academic apathy? Quick boredom? Depression? Believe it or not, it’s not their fault they are that way.” In her book, Screens and Teens: Connecting With Our Kids In a Wireless

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Is an Internet Filter Enough to Protect Your Family From Graphic Content?

Internet filters can have a large role in protecting children from pornography, mainly limiting or delaying their exposure to it. Unfortunately, internet filters are not enough in permanently blocking children from ever seeing pornography. According to Covenant Eyes, an internet filter alone is not a good, safe internet solution because: Filters will always have a way

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Four Dangerous Parenting Styles

The infograph on the right is telling in what Tim Elmore believes to be “the new methods of coping with our new realities.” “While none of these methods are tragic, they do signal a different way of coping with our busy lives,” Elmore wrote in a recent blog. “When my kids were toddlers we gave them

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Two Tips for Teaching a Child How to Cope with Bullying

More than half of all teenagers in America see bullying as a major problem among their peers, according to a new survey by Pew Research. Teenagers were more likely to rank bullying as a problem than poverty, drug addiction or alcohol consumption. Anxiety and depression, problems that bullying contributes to, ranked high in the survey. Here

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Youth Vaping Declared an Epidemic

According to the National Institutes of Health, “America’s teens report a dramatic increase in their use of vaping devices in just a single year, with 37.3 percent of 12th graders reporting ‘any vaping’ in the past 12 months, compared to just 27.8 percent in 2017.” Vaping is on the rise among high school seniors, with 21% reporting

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Have You Had ‘The Prom Talk’ With Your Teen?

With spring comes the anticipation of prom season for thousands of parents and teens. Formal attire is purchased, hair appointments are scheduled and arrangements to take pictures at a unique location are made in preparation for the big day. Amidst all the excitement, do not lose the opportunity to talk to your teen about the pressures

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Raising a Knight to Remember

On Saturday, March 9, the Abstinence Clearinghouse hosted a Knight to Remember for mothers and sons in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The event encouraged young men to choose to reject passivity, accept responsibility, lead courageously and reach for God’s greater reward! Young men attending the Knight to Remember learned more about what it means to

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