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Nearly 1 In 10 Teens Identify As Gender-Diverse In Pittsburgh Study

The figure is vastly higher than the roughly 2 percent cited in most national estimates. Read the article here.

Demi Lovato Announces Non-Binary Identity

The singer said they picked the gender-neutral pronouns “them” and “they” as “this best represents the fluidity I feel in my gender expression.” Read the article here.

‘Existential Threat’: CCCU Fights LGBT Students’ Title IX Lawsuit Targeting Christian Colleges

A leading association of over 180 Protestant colleges and universities is coming to the defense of Christian colleges amid a lawsuit filed by former and current LGBT students who seek to revoke religious schools’ exemptions to Title IX discrimination law. Read the article here.

Dangers Of Discord: 6 Steps For Safeguarding Teens On The Popular Chat App

What exactly is Discord? And can my teen safely use it? Read the article from Protect Young Minds here.

Transition Therapy For Transgender Teens Drives Divide

On Dec. 1, 2020, Keira Bell won a lawsuit against the Gender Identity Development Service of the Tavistock and Portman National Health Service Foundation Trust. Bell claimed doctors should have challenged her more about the decision to transition before starting medical treatment. Read the full article here.

Sexual Abstinence And ‘Purity Culture’ Are Often Conflated But Aren’t The Same, Tim Keller Explains

What’s often referred to as “purity culture” is not the same thing as remaining sexually abstinent outside of marriage, though many conflate the two, according to Tim Keller, founder and former pastor of Redeemer Church in New York City. Read the article here.

Trafficking Teens: What Warning Signs Parents Need To Know

The average age of a child bought and sold for sex is just 13-years-old, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations. Read the article here.

Boys Who Spend Lots of Time Online More Likely to Cyberbully

Here’s yet another reason to keep your teenager from spending countless hours online and on popular social media: New research suggests it increases cyberbullying, particularly among teen boys. Read the full article here.

11 Social Media Red Flags Parents Should Know About

Find out which social media features are cause for concern — no matter which app your kid is using. Read the full article here.

Mastercard Tackles Consent On Porn Sites, Requires Banks To Certify Material After Distressing Reports

Mastercard on Wednesday said it will be requiring banks to certify that sellers of adult material online have tools in place to monitor, block and remove illegal content. The announcement comes after the credit card company announced in December that it was cutting financial ties with Pornhub. Read the full article here.

Is Anime Safe for Kids? Top Tips to Find Age-Appropriate Shows

Anime–the Japanese adaptation of the word animation–conjures up cartoon series like Digimon, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh and others that have been loved by kids for decades. But just because it’s animated or in cartoon form doesn’t mean it’s appropriate for kids. Read the full article here.

Father Jailed For Refusing To Affirm Daughter As Male

Imagine a world where you can be jailed for attempting to protect your child from medical assault. Read the article here.

Tools For Teens To Call Out Sexual Violence

A sex ed teacher talks about how young people can try to keep themselves safe from sexual assault and be allies to others. Read the article here.

Why Is Pornography A Big Deal?

Sometimes people will say that viewing pornography is no big deal because it doesn’t hurt anyone. Sean McDowell shares why this couldn’t be further from the truth. Watch the video here.

Child On Child Harmful Sexual Behavior Part 1: A 3-Step Path To Prepare Parents

A guest blog post on Protect Young Minds helps makes parents aware of the realities of harmful sexual behavior brought on by another child. Read the post here.

Instagram for KIDS?! 3 Red Flags Every Parent Should Consider

Facebook has confirmed plans to create an Instagram for kids ages 6-12. Protect Young Minds shares three red flags to still consider for the platform. Read the full article here.

Teens Are Terrible At Breaking Up. Here Are Six Ways Parents Can Help Them Improve

It’s not easy for anyone to be good at breaking up, because it usually involves hurting someone else. But teens are particularly bad at it, and growing up online has lowered the bar. Read the article here.

#EveryonesInvited: Over Half Of Girls Have Been Sexually Harassed At School

Launched in June 2020, the #EveryonesInvited movement has been hailed “#MeToo for schools.” Read the article here.

Marvel Introduces A Gay Captain America: 3 Reflections For The Church

Sean McDowell blogs about a new comic series from Marvel that will introduce the first LGBTQ individual to pick up the mantle of Captain America. Read his 3 reflections for the church by clicking here.

Selfie-Centered Kids? How To Teach Empathy With 5 Quick And Easy Activities

From a new article at ProtectYoungMinds.org:

Research shows that there’s a startling decline in empathy among kids. And in a world where capturing the perfect selfie, garnering likes and followers, and achieving social media fame are highly valued, it’s not hard to see why kids are becoming selfie-centered.

Read the full article here.