“Read me Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Momma!”
These days a parent could offer their young child storytime with a picture book, they could play an audio book, start the animated video or even ask Alexa! In a single generation, the explosion of screen-based media has transformed the experience of childhood, from TV and videos, to an unlimited range of technology available at any time via portable devices.
I ran across this brand new published study that opens up the hidden world of a child’s mind in each of those situations. The purpose was to explore the differences between story format (illustrated vs audio vs animated) and how they each affect the integration and growth of functional brain networks that support learning in preschool-age kids, including language development and visual imagery (imagination)….
I believe that years of segregating children from worship in the greater worshiping community has failed. I think it’s time we were more passionate about having children in church.
Sex Education by Alex Newman
The Neenah School Board in Wisconsin voted this week to approve a highly controversial sex education curriculum that begins introducing gender ideology, sexually transmitted diseases, homosexual parents and other topics – in Kindergarten. The sex education indoctrination gets progressively more extreme with each year of elementary school.
And Wisconsin isn’t the only state something very similar is happening in!
[Dr. Victoria Dunckley is one of the preeminent researchers literally looking into children’s brains on screens and a proponent of an electronics fast to reverse the devastating effects. This is shared with her express permission.]
Children or teens who are “revved up” and prone to rages or—alternatively—who are depressed and apathetic have become disturbingly commonplace. Chronically irritable children are often in a state of abnormally high arousal, and may seem “wired and tired.” That is, they’re agitated but exhausted. Because chronically high arousal levels impact memory and the ability to relate, these kids are also likely to struggle academically and socially….