American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers, by Nancy Jo Sales
Award-winning Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo Sales crisscrossed the country talking to more than two hundred girls between the ages of thirteen and nineteen about their experiences online and off. They are coming of age online in a hypersexualized culture that has normalized extreme behavior, from pornography to the casual exchange of nude photographs; a culture rife with a virulent new strain of sexism; a culture in which teenagers are spending so much time on technology and social media that they are not developing basic communication skills. A must for those wanting to understand why our children are now so vulnerable to sexual abuse and exploitation. (Hint: they are abusing and exploiting each other.)
The Other Parent: The Inside Story of the Media’s Effect on Our Children, by James P. Steyer
There’s a stranger in your house.
Every day your children are bombarded by images of sex, commercialism, and violence — right in your own home. Kids spend more time each week with media than they do with their parents or teachers, and they learn about the adult world — through the influence of TV, the movies, music, computer games, and the Internet — long before they’re adults.
Your Teenager Is Not Crazy: Understanding Your Teen’s Brain Can Make You a Better Parent, by Dr. Jeramy Clark & Jerusha Clark
As God allows us to understand the mystery and marvel of brain science, we have the exciting opportunity to reexamine our assumptions about children–especially teenagers. Where parents often see a sweet boy or girl who has morphed into an incomprehensible bundle of hormones and angst, what we really ought to be seeing is an amazing young adult whose brain is under heavy construction. And changing the way we see our teens will revolutionize our relationships with them.
Dr. Jeramy and Jerusha Clark show that they can be an amazing season of cultivating creativity, self-awareness, and passion for the things that really matter.
SEDUCED: THE GROOMING OF AMERICA’S TEENAGERS, by Opal Singleton
Opal Singleton is President and CEO of Million Kids and Training and Outreach Coordinator for Riverside County Anti Human Trafficking Task Force. Opal trains thousands of government agencies, school administrators, corporations, civic groups and
faith-based organizations about how to prevent human trafficking. She sits with parents of missing kids and talks with teens who are being “Sextorted” with a naked photo.
Parents give kids devices that open the door to over a million predators that can influence a child’s thinking on morality, spirituality and sexuality while they are competing for approval in a fantasy world. Apps, social media and online gaming allow ACCESS, GROOMING, RECRUITMENT AND EXPLOITATION of our young people by total strangers.
Mending the Soul: Understanding and Healing Abuse, by Steven R. Tracy
This book provides a well-researched biblical and scientific overview of abuse. A broad overview, it deals with the various types of abuse, the various effects of abuse, and the means of healing.
Just as surely as abusive relationships have tremendous power to wound the soul, so healthy relationships have tremendous power to nurture and heal the soul. Questions answered in the book include: – Why would someone abuse a child? – How can parents and childrens’ workers identify abusers? – How can abuse victims heal? – What does genuine healing look like? – Is anger appropriate or hurtful for abuse victims? – Where does forgiveness fit in?
Mending the Soul: Understanding and Healing Abuse: Student Edition, by Steven R. Tracy
For teenagers who have experienced any kind of abuse or abandonment, it can often feel like hope is lost and they’re doomed to stay stuck in unhealthy habits and patterns. This teenage edition of Mending the Soul was written to show teens that by following a path of restoration and allowing God’s grace to touch their heart’s deepest wounds, they will find hope and healing as they work through their pain. It will help them navigate the emotional trauma of abuse and abandonment, as well as recognize signs of unhealthy families and dating relationships. Teens will be encouraged to face their brokenness, to heal and forgive and to look toward their hope-filled future.