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Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.

*The following is excerpted from an online article from U.S. News & World Report.

A large number of American teens continue to send and receive sexual images on their cellphones -- a practice dubbed sexting, according to a new study.

Researchers surveyed more than 1,100 undergraduate college students about their experiences with sexting in high school. Nearly 20 percent said they had sent a nude photo of themselves to another person via cellphone, and 38 percent had received such a photo, according to the survey.

Of those who received a sext message, nearly one in five forwarded the photo to another person, according to the University of Utah study published recently in the journal Computers in Human Behavior.

The findings show that sexting is occurring among a large number of high school students across the country, in spite of warnings about the dangers.

Both women and men sext, but there are significant differences between them. Equal numbers of women and men had sent a sext, but many more men (47 percent) than women (32 percent) had received a sext. This may be because men are much more likely than women to forward a sext -- 24 versus 13 percent respectively, the researchers said.

Boyfriends or girlfriends were the recipients of 83 percent of sexts sent by women and 55 percent of those sent by men. People other than a boyfriend or girlfriend were the recipients of 31 percent of sexts sent by men and 15 percent of those sent by women, the study found.

Source: U.S. News & World Report

Trending Today on Twitter - 10/17/14
1. #NeverEndingPasta
2. Ron Klain
3. #EbolaCzar
4. #MyLoveLifeIn3Words
5. #EmblemFallTour
6. #SpookierBooks
7. #HappyBirthdayEminem
8. Dr. Fauci
9. Trap God 3
10. Kobe
Source: Twitter

Hot Searches on Google - 10/17/14
1. Fury
2. Apple
3. SF Giants
4. Patriots
5. Misty Upham
6. Paul Rudd
7. Yosemite
8. Boss Day
Source: Google

iTunes Top 10 Singles - 10/17/14
1. Skeptic - Slipknot
2. Out of the Woods - Taylor Swift
3. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
4. All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
5. Animals - Maroon 5
6. Something From Nothing - Foo Fighters
7. Killpop - Slipknot
8. Bang Bang - Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
9. Habits (Stay High) - Tove Lo
10. Trumpets - Jason Derulo
Source: iTunes

Top 10 TV Shows in Prime Time - Week Ending 10/12/14
1. NBC Sunday Night Football
3. The Big Bang Theory
4. CBS+NFLN Thursday Night Football
5. NCIS: New Orleans
6. The OT
7. The Voice - Mon
8. Dancing with the Stars
9. Scorpion
10. The Big Bang Theory - Mon (2)
Source: Nielsen Co.

Top 5 Free iOS Game Apps - 10/17/14
1. Angry Birds Transformers
2. New Words With Friends
3. Daddy Long Legs
4. Hyspherical
5. Make Them Fight
Source: iOSapp Stats

Top 5 Movies - Last Weekend
1. Gone Girl
2. Dracula Untold
3. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
4. Annabelle
5. The Judge
Source: Rotten Tomatoes

*The following is excerpted from an online article from the Yale Daily News.

Having an authoritarian mother may increase the likelihood that an individual develops alcohol-related problems, according to a new study published in the journal Addictive Behaviors.

Researchers from Yale, Arizona State University and the University of Washington found that higher levels of maternal authoritarianism correlated with higher levels of self-concealment — the act of hiding information that might be negatively perceived by others. Self-concealment was in turn linked to impaired control over ingestion of alcoholic substances.

“There’s a degree of congruence between parenting styles and self-concealment,” said Robert Leeman, Yale psychiatry professor and one of the study’s authors.

According to Leeman, self-concealment is tied to negative emotional response, which in turn tends to lead to higher incidences of drinking problems. Accordingly, the study observed higher rates of alcohol abuse in participants with higher self-reported rates of self-concealment.

“Authoritarian parents really [cut] off communication with the child, so issues with self-expression [arise],” leading to further problems later in life, Leeman theorized.

Source: Yale Daily News

*The following is excerpted from an online article from The Guardian.

A United Kingdom advertising watchdog has found that more than 80% of children lie about their age when using social media.

The group,  Advertising Standards Authority, conducted a survey of UK children to assess what kind of ads young people see and whether companies are sticking to the UK advertising code. The survey found that 83% of the 11 to 15 year olds whose internet usage was monitored registered on a social media site with a false age.

Just over 40% of the children signed in stating they were over 18 years of age.

While the report found that advertisers were accurately targeting their ads many children were seeing inappropriate content – such as ads for gambling, alcohol, slimming aids and overtly sexual dating services – because they were lying about their age.

The ASA said that the report "clearly asks questions" of social media owners such as Facebook, which it believes knows that young users are using false ages to log in.

"We will be raising these issues with social media companies," said Guy Parker, chief executive of the ASA. "If advertisers and social media companies know that children say they're older than they are don't they have a crucial part to play?"

"We all need to be part of this conversation about how best to set the boundaries within which our children explore the world around them," he added.

Source: The Guardian

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