Family Resources

It continues to be our privilege to partner with you as you do the hard work of growing your children toward their particular call in God’s kingdom. We also find great comfort in the encouragements and promises of Scripture. In particular, we cling to the understanding that as we join together (church, school, home), we do our best work in raising young students. (“And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12)

To that end, we would like to continue the conversation regarding the recent Netflix release of the new show, 13 Reasons Why. Several weeks ago, both the weekly newsletter and our Facebook page posted some cautions about this series and we added links as an additional resource for your family. Last Sunday, May 7th, Netflix announced that it will release season 2 - date has yet not to be confirmed. In short, our concerns have not lessened. And we are not alone, as many schools across the country have asked parents to wisely guide their children as it relates to the viewing and processing of this show and its themes.

Counselor, Louise Holzhauer (LMHC, LMFT), has written clear and thoughtful advice for parents as you work to navigate the decision about whether or not to allow your children to view this show. We would encourage you to read the attached document, even if your children have already watched this Netflix series.

13 Reasons Why- Important Facts & Talking Points

Common Sense Media-Snap Chat App! What you should know...
Tweens and teens have always craved time with their friends. But with a smartphone in hand, their communication keeps changing. Instead of talking, they text. Instead of texting, they send an emoji. And now, with apps designed for social video-chatting and live video-streaming.


Common Sense Media-Snap Chat App! What you should know...


With kids spending more time on their digital devices many parents are looking for solutions in monitoring their screen time


App Suggestions to Help Keep Kids off Their Phones, ABC News 13
Being Thirteen: Inside The Secret World of Teens (2015)- Anderson Cooper CNN hour-long special following teenagers and their use of social media.


Generation Like-PBS hour-long documentary explaining how teens think about social media and identity- and how companies are influencing youth through social media (viewer discretion advised)


News story discussing social media's effects on the teenage brain and developing lack of empathy for others


App suggestions to help keep kids off their phones
New York Times book review on a sociologist who studied 200 girls over a period of years regarding their use of social media.
InfoGraphic: Teens and “Secret Apps”
Growing up in the Age of Social Media


InfoGraphic: Parents and kids were polled on their device usage and asked: “Are we addicted”?


Facebook usage and depression


Social Media and the teenage brain