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Children’s & youth work links

Links from the world of children’s and youth ministry: Being Present is the Best Present: Beth Craig writes on the importance of being present to support volunteers in youth ministry. A new metric: Jen Bradbury on why recruiting and equipping adult leaders should be a priority in every youth pastor’s work. Parents: Get Inside Your Adolescent’s Brain to […]

Children’s & youth work links

Links from around the world of children’s and youth work: What happened when 9 teens gave up their mobile phones for a week: anyone who has worked with teenagers for more than 5 minutes know how connected to their mobiles they are.  So what happens if they were separated from their mobile lifelines for a full week? […]

Traffic lights in the ground help teenagers avoid traffic

In Germany they call them “smombies” – or smartphone zombies – people who are so caught up in their device they roam the streets oblivious to other people, traffic or rogue lamp posts. Now this particular breed of tech junkie has been given special traffic lights — installed into the pavements — to help them avoid oncoming […]

Student Safety

West Yorkshire Police have published a helpful post on Student Crime Prevention Tips: Burglary Tips Be Safe, Be Secure – Burglary Keep your doors and windows locked when you go out Mark your property with your University and Student Number Don’t leave cash and valuables on display in your room Leave a light or radio […]

11 year old fakes being kidnapped to avoid parents evening!

A boy in Spain was dreading a planned parents evening.  He had not done well in school, so he anticipated a bad meeting. Fortunately, he came up with a brilliant solution: Early on Monday afternoon the unnamed 11-year-old son of a Spanish police officer stationed in the north-western town of Xinzo de Limia sent a […]

How to survive being 13 by a 14 year old

A Netmums survey suggests that 13 is the most difficult age of all.  A 14-year-old has written a fantastic piece in The Guardian explaining how to get through it, well worth a read: According to a Netmums survey, 13 is the most difficult age. But it’s not only parents who find it hard going – it’s tough […]

Do You Have What It Takes to Be the New Siri?

Siri is not a woman who lives inside your phone but a computer programme organising your life. Siri is now in need of some new writers to put together jokes, witty banter, and other various bits of human-sounding things for Siri to say.  Apple posted the job on LinkedIn, so get your résumé together.  They clearly need […]

Franciscan Friars want you to text your prayers

Just a month after Pope Benedict XVI launched his official Twitter account, other representatives of the Catholic faith are giving new meaning to the term, “religious text.” The Holy Name Province, self-described as the largest group of friars in the USA, announced that they are now accepting prayer intentions via text. Called “Text a Prayer […]

Would you make your child sign a parent-child contract when giving them a smartphone?

Yesterday I blogged on how a 13-year-old’s iPhone came with an 18-point contract from Mum.  There’s been lots of discussion on the web about this, so I’m intrigued to hear what do others think: [polldaddy poll=6809027]