Family dinners reduce effects of cyberbullying

Such a simple thing to do as parents. Some great thoughts in this article:

McGill study suggests frequent family time protects mental health among adolescent victims of online bullying

“The results are promising, but we do not want to oversimplify what we observed,” says Elgar, “Many adolescents do not have regular family meals but receive support in other ways, like shared breakfasts, or the morning school run.

Elgar also puts forth that parental involvement and supervision may go a long way to helping victims of cyberbullying, “Checking in with teens about their online lives may give them tools to manage online harassment or bullying that can easily go undetected.”

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Quote: Rob Bell

One of my favourite quotes about what happens every time someone speaks, preaches and teaches.

“When you give a sermon you open yourself up for misinterpretation and confusion and anger and ignorance and fear and jealousy and opinions and evaluation and critique and agendas and baggage and conviction and projections

You also open up to the possibility of truth and light and hope and repentance and desire and compassion and longing and revelation and confession and inspiration and comfort and solidarity and salvation and resurrection.”

Rob Bell: Poets, Preachers and Prophets

VIA MEDIA: How Young is Too Young for Digital Technology and Social Media?

Very balanced article:

How can we both thoughtfully address the potentially negative aspects and capitalize on the positive?

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4 Myths Christians Need to Stop Believing About Depression

Some really simple yet great thoughts on Depression in this article.

  1. Depression is a Faith Issue
  2. Depression Can be Prayer away
  3. Depression isn’t physical
  4. Depression shouldn’t be talked about

“By talking about depression, we slowly begin loosening its grip—allowing us to move in the direction of treatment, support and healing.

My deepest prayer is that as a body of believers, our attitudes would shift and our hearts would change as we work through this important issue. May we create an environment where we embrace those who are struggling and in pain rather than push them away. May we learn to be transparent—but more so, to accept the transparency of those around us.

Because at the end of the day, our weakness will always, always point us to the one who can make us strong. And isn’t that what Christianity is really about?”

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Emma Watson UN Speech

So Proud of Hermione! Amazing speech.

How can we affect change in the world when only 1/2 of it is invited or feel welcomed to participate in the conversation. Men I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue to.

Gender equality is your issue too. Because to date, I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society despite my needing his presence, as a child, as much as my mother’s. I’ve seen young men suffering from mental illness, unable to ask for help, for fear it would make them less of a men—or less of a man. In fact, in the U.K., suicide is the biggest killer of men, between 20 to 49, eclipsing road accidents, cancer and coronary heart disease. I’ve seen men made fragile and insecure by a distorted sense of what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality, either.