Research + News | Topic: Digital Distraction

Schools Try Blocking Social Media

Some school districts are trying to block smartphone access to major social platforms while students are on school grounds. Read the article here.

Parents, Your Phone Use Is Annoying Your Teens

More than a third of children have asked their parents to get off the Internet, saying it disrupts family life, according to a survey.

Read the article here.

The Guilty Secret of Distracted Parenting

Your phone can seem to call to you in an especially seductive way when you are a parent on playground duty. Read the article here.

Child Technology Test: Are Your Children Too Connected?

This simple 12 question Child Technology Test, from the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction, will help you determine if your child is suffering from Digital Distraction.

View and take the test here.

Parents: Get Off Your Phone

Suggestions from Tim Elmore and his Growing Leaders blog. Read the blog post here.

Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?

A researcher for the National Institute on Drug Abuse is beginning to looking into a connection between that decline in drug use and teens’ use of smart phones, iPads and other electronic devices

AAA Study Identifies Top 3 Deadly Teenage Driving Mistakes

A new study outlines dangerous driving mistakes teenagers make and how to prevent them. Read the article here.

When College Kids Surf the Web in Class, Grades Fall

Study finds the habit hurts academics, and supports the notion of leaving laptops at home. Read the article here.

Screens and Small Groups

God works through small groups.

At least that’s what we hope, don’t we?

There’s a joy that comes with seeing students come together to dig into God’s word and each other’s lives. When small groups function to leave students changed in ways that lead them deeper into the way and will of their Heavenly Father and more connected to supportive Christian community, well. . . that’s what youth ministry is all about, isn’t it? Read the full article here.

Researchers Have Measured The Cost Of Using A Smartphone Around Your Kids

Before we had smartphones and iPads, parents ignored their children by getting lost in a newspaper story or keeping one eye on the television. Now parents are distracted by mobile technology more than anything else, according to new research, and the consequences are worse.

Read the full article here.