Research + News | Topic: Digital Distraction

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.

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‘Pokemon Go’ Players Fall Off 90-Foot Ocean Bluff

Two men apparently trying to collect “Pokémon Go” virtual characters on their smartphones were rescued after falling off a bluff in Encinitas Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. Read the full article here.

Dad: Unplugged

One dad writes about what it was like to spend his Father’s Day unplugged. Read the article here.

Distraction Is Often A Factor In Teen Drivers’ Rear-End Collisions

In a U.S. study using in-car video recorders, more than three-quarters of rear end collisions involving a teen driver happened when the teen was paying attention to a phone, a passenger or something else other than the road. Read the article here.

Indian Teen Accidentally Kills Himself In Selfie Tragedy

A teenager in India has died after accidentally shooting himself while posing for a selfie with a loaded handgun held to his head, police said Tuesday. Read the article here.

3 Places Families Should Make Phone-Free

Common Sense Media helps us take back family time and set an example for our kids by creating tech-free zones in the most important areas of our lives.

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Unplugging: Majority of Americans Try to Disconnect from Tech; 45% Try Weekly

It can be a real challenge to put away our plethora of devices and take the time to focus on what’s in front of us. It’s no wonder then that some felt a day dedicated to the effort of putting away these devices was a necessity. This year’s National Day of Unplugging falls between March 4th and 5th.

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