Way back in the 1970s media critic George Gerbner coined the term mean-world syndrome. In his research, Gerbner was finding that viewers who were exposed to a growing amount of violent television content were more apt to experience an increased level of anxiety, stress, fear, and pessimism in response to perceived threats. In other words, what they were watching on tv, both fictional content and news reports, created a sense that the world was far more dangerous than it actually was, thus leading those viewers to live in fear. Since then, developmental experts have voiced concerns about how mean-world syndrome is effecting kids. In today’s world, 24/7 access to online content has created a phenomenon known as doomscrolling or doomsurfing. Smartphone addicted kids and adults scroll through an almost endless stream of negative perspective shaping online content. The antidote? Lets get our kids to shut down and spend more time in the good news of God’s word.
(We still encourage everybody to be on our remind 101 for event reminders, but this is just for further discussion. scroll down to see how to sign up for Remind 101)
IMPACT SERVICE TEAMS
CHILDREN'S CHURCH TEAM: (Must have gone through our church screening policy) This team will have the opportunity to help out our children's ministry during Sunday mornings with children's church twice a month.
GREETERS TEAM: Our greeter's team will be helping us with just that! Greeting on Sunday mornings in the foyer!
The Gospel of Mark
Whether you’re a teenager or an adult, we all need a little help developing good habits. Here’s a TOOL that might help. It’s created by James Clear, author of the book Atomic Habits!
We might be a youth ministry, but teenagers aren’t our only priority. We’d love to hear how we can better serve you and your family, too. So we’d love it if you’d complete a quick survey so we can learn from you.
Do you ever worry that your teenager is too unorganized or undisciplined, or that they have more bad habits than good? It’s important to help our kids develop discipline, but keep this in mind — because of the way a teenager’s brain is developing, it’s not easy to break a bad habit (or start a good habit) at this age! Be patient and encouraging. (But don’t be afraid to enlist the help of a professional counselor or therapist if their habits are really concerning you.)