Some links from the world of youth work and youth ministry:

  • Music industry looks beyond music sales: One in five pounds collected by record labels last year, wasn’t actually related to music sales.
  • Teen sex has no effect on school performance: Research presented at the American Sociological Association conference suggests that if students have sex within a committed relationship, there is no resulting effect on grades.  However, if students simply “hook up” and have casual sex, their grades do tend to be lower.
  • ‘Only children’ are not socially disadvantaged, research suggests: Children who grow up without brothers or sisters are just as adept in social situations as their peers, according to a new study.
  • Wear wristwatch? Use e-mail? Not for Class of ’14: These are among the 75 items on this year’s Beloit College Mindset List, the compilation, is assembled each year by two officials at this private school of about 1,400 students in Beloit, Wis.  The list is meant to remind teachers that cultural references familiar to them might draw blank stares from college freshmen born mostly in 1992.
  • A fifth of girls pregnant by 18, survey reveals: Almost one in five girls say they have been pregnant at least once by the age of 18, according to a Government survey.
  • Fall in drug use among schoolchildren: Biggest decline in smoking, where number of 11- to 15-year-olds who had smoked has fallen to 29%, from 54% in 1982. Fewer schoolchildren are smoking, drinking or taking drugs, according to an NHS report which contradicts the widespread belief that such behaviour is increasingly popular with young people.
  • iPods and MP3 players ‘linked to teenage deafness’: The number of teenagers experiencing hearing problems has gone up by nearly a third in the last 20 years, it is claimed.  Between 2005 and 2006, one in five adolescents suffered some form of hearing loss, the study found.
Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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