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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 HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
What's Hot? 12/21/12

A listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

U.S. Teen Smoking Falls to Record Low in 2012

Cigarette smoking among American teenagers dropped to a record low in 2012, according to an annual survey of 45,000 students.

Instagram Claims Right to Sell Users' Photos

In its first big policy shift since Facebook bought the photo-sharing site, Instagram claims the right to sell users' photos without payment or notification. Oh, and there's no way to opt out.

Heavy Drinking, Pot Use Tied to Teen Brain Changes

Teens who are heavily into drinking and smoking pot may show signs of breakdown in the brain's wiring system, a small study suggests.

What's Hot? 12/14/12

A weekly listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

Google Top Searches for 2012

Google, the world's largest Internet search engine, has released its listing of top rated searches for 2012.

Binge-Eating Teens More Likely to Use Drugs

Binge-eating adolescents are more likely to use marijuana and other drugs and become depressed, according to a new study.

Dating Violence in Teen Years Can Have Lasting Impact

Teenagers who experience dating violence could be more likely to get involved in violent relationships and have health problems as young adults, a new study suggests.

Most Mobile Apps for Kids Secretly Collect and Share Information

A study from the Federal Trade Commission has found that most mobile apps for kids are secretly collecting information from children including device IDs, phone numbers, locations and other private information without their parents' knowledge or consent.

What's Hot? 12/07/12

A listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

Social Media Goes to the Bathroom

If you have found yourself using Facebook and Twitter in the bathroom, you are not alone.

Schools in Five States to Add 300 Hours of Classroom Time in 2013

Five states have announced that they will add at least 300 hours of learning time to the calendar in some schools starting in 2013.

Teen Behavior Problems, Not Depression, Tied to Lower Grades

Lower school grades among depressed adolescents are linked to behavior problems, not their depression, a new study finds.

Young Teens Use Mobile Devices for Homework

More than a third of tweens and young teenagers in the United States said they are using smartphones to do homework, according to a new survey.

What's Hot? 11/30/12

A listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

Teens Text More While Driving Than Parents Think

Teens are 26 times more likely to send text messages while driving than their parents expect, based on preliminary results of a study by Toyota and the University of Michigan.

Survey: U.S. Teens Getting Enough Sleep

American kids, from infants through adolescents, do seem to be getting adequate sleep, according to a new survey analysis.

Educators Moving Further to the Left

A new survey of full-time faculty members at four-year colleges and universities, conducted by the UCLA Higher Education Research Institute, finds that the percentage identifying as "far left" or liberal has increased notably in the past three years.

Black Friday Sales Online Top $1 Billion for First Time

Black Friday retail sales online this year topped $1 billion for the first time ever as more consumers used the Internet to do their early holiday shopping.

Kids Want Apples (iPad) for Christmas

Nielsen research data confirms it's an Apple Christmas once again, revealing that 48 percent of children aged 6-12 in the U.S. want an iPad.

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