Christmas video 6: Shepherds, Wise Men and baby Jesus spoken word

Miriam Swaffield wrote these spoken word videos about the shepherds, the wise men and baby Jesus. They are brilliant, we’ve used them with our 11-14 year olds who’ve loved them.

Fusion have recorded them and made them available for FREE download here – you might want to use them in your services or youth events you’ve got planned.

Kids Explain – the Universe, Death, & God

It is well-known that children have excellent opinions on mostly everything. So why not let them tackle the big subjects: the universe, death and God?

In the first episode of Cut Video’s “Kids Explain” series, children weigh in on what God looks like (Spiderman), who they may have been in a past life (not a bug) and what cool stuff is in heaven (doughnuts):

 

People Are Calling This ‘The Most Powerful Christmas Commercial Ever’

Christmas is a time we should spend with family and friends.

But we all have busy such lives. Sadly, that often mean we compromise the time we should be spending with our family. Maybe this is one of the reasons this advert left me in tears.  The advert’s narrative revolves around an old man whose family is always too busy to see him during the holidays.

Well, I don’t know if this is the most powerful Christmas commercial ever, but it’s definitely one of the most watched. The video has garnered over 51 million views on YouTube alone.

 

 

NSPCC warns of ‘blurred boundaries’ between YouTube stars and fans

“Blurred boundaries” between prominent YouTube stars and their young, often impressionable viewers can put young people at risk, the NSPCC has warned.

They have created a helpline for victims and have urged those who watch YouTube videos to:

  • Never share your personal information online
  • Do not accept friend requests from people you don’t know in real life
  • Have conversations with your parents about where you are going and what you are doing online

Many people have come forward in the last few years to accuse a wide range of YouTubers, ranging from popular big names like Toby Turner to smaller creators like Alex Carpenter. Most of these accusations have not resulted in criminal complaints, but they remain archived in the pages of internet history.

Emily Cherry, of the NSPCC, told the BBC in an interview that YouTubers have a “responsibility” to make sure relationships with young fans are appropriate.

Ms Cherry warned that online stars have huge power and influence on young people and the way they think about the real world.  She told BBC Radio 5 live:

“One child told me that checking their social media accounts and what their favourite YouTube stars are up to was as important to them as eating”

If young people have been affected by any issues or need advice on staying safe online, on protecting your children, or as an Internet personality, the NSPCC has a helpline you can call on 0808 800 500 2.

James Corden’s hilarious attempt at managing a football club

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James Corden has many talents: carpool karaoke, acting, and arguably comedy.

Coaching football, however, is clearly not his forte.

In this skit for his show, Corden takes over as the head coach of Arsenal Football Club — to the apparent bafflement and irritation of the club’s elite players.

Corden leads the team in a chorus of “Baa Baa Black Sheep,” forces them to undergo a wacky sport psychology session, and introduces some… unique new celebratory dances.

“I think I’m never going to get this hour back in my life,” footballer Héctor Bellerín says. Unclear whether the quote is an intentional part of the skit or a genuine sentiment!