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Gethsemane UMC

Aftershock Youth Group


Howdy Folks!
It is a busy time of year for everyone so please head over to
www.gumcseaford.com and keep up to date with out youth group
calendar. We are already starting to work on our summer events. If you
are willing to host the youth for a pool party, bon fire, or any other fun
event at your house please let us know as soon as possible!

Hello
Parents!

UPCOMING EVENTS
No Youth Group
On 4/05/15 at :00PM
Happy Easter

#aftershocktapeface
On 4/12/15 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Youth Group returns and the #aftershocktapeface photos must be posted for voting to instagram. The
winner will receive 2 Regal Cinema tickets and a $20 Sweet Frog gift card.

E-Cigarette Use by Teens on the Rise


By HomeWord.com
While teen cigarette use has declined by half since 2000, parents should be aware that three studies
released in the fall of 2014 point to a significant rise in e-cigarette use by teenagers.
An e-cigarette is a device that turns nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals into an inhalable vapor.
Many e-cigarettes are designed to resemble tobacco cigarettes, according to the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration.
A study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that nearly 12% of high
school students and 3% of middle school students have tried e-cigarettes at least once, and 4.5% of
high school students use them regularly. The 2014 Monitoring the Future survey raises more red
flags, finding that 8.7% of eighth grade students had used an e-cigarette in the previous month. The
numbers for previous month use by 10th graders was 16.2%, and for 12th graders, it was 17.1%.
Finally, a study of 1,900 ninth and tenth grade teens in Hawaii found that 29% of these had used
e-cigarettes.
Why it matters:
Adolescence is a season of experimentation for teenagers. With the rise of popularity in
e-cigarette use by teens, its likely that teens will face increasing temptation to experiment with
them. A teens closest friends are extremely influential during these years of experimentation.
Parents should be proactive to know their childs friends, as these provide a window of
understanding into your teens values, behaviors, and temptations.
Nicotine is an extremely addictive drug, and one of the most heavily used addictive drugs in the
United States. It activates brain circuitry that regulates feelings of pleasure and provides the body
with a reward sensation. Both cigarettes and e-cigarettes are nicotine delivery devices.
Currently e-cigarette manufacturers are unregulated in the U.S., and many e-cigarette products
are made outside of the country. Because of the variety of manufacturers and products, it has been
very difficult to determine what chemicals other than nicotine are contained in e-cigarette vapor.
These chemicals may or may not be harmful to the human body.
E-cigarette use may or may not be a better alternative than smoking tobacco. Science is clear on
the dangers of cigarette smoking to health but has not yet determined the scope of risks found in
e-cigarette use. Research has not yet determined whether e-cigarette use is a gateway to smoking
tobacco.

Keep Talking to Your Kids About Sex


By HomeWord.com
Its literally never too early to start talking to kids about sexuality! Were not talking just about the
birds and the bees either. To help kids build a God-honoring, healthy sexuality, there is a wide
spectrum of topics to cover that go way beyond body parts and the mechanics of sex, such as
Gods design for sexuality, sexual purity, sexual morals and values, and resisting pressure from an
overly sexualized culture.
Have you already had the talk with your teenager? Good for you. Now, its time to pick up the
conversation again. Then, talk about it some more. Why? Researchers have found that parents who
have ongoing dialogue with kids about sex are more effective at delaying their sexual activity and
avoiding at-risk sexual behaviors than one talk. Kids change over time. Their sexual curiosity
deepens and new questions emerge. The temptations to experiment sexually grow. So, the talk
you had several years ago with your 14-year-old just wont suffice. Now is the time to keep the
conversation going!
Did You Know? Adolescents engage in less sexual activity if their fathers talk to them about sexual
matters. (Pediatrics, November 2012.)
Did You Know? Sexting the sending of semi-nude or nude photos by smartphone has become
the new first base in teens sexual behavior. It is now considered the new norm among
adolescents and most often precedes sexual activity, and serves as a gateway to increased sexual
behaviors. (Pediatrics, November 2014.)
Did You Know? Too often discussions about sex between parents and teens happen after teens
become sexually active. Researchers found that more than 40% of adolescents had experienced
sexual intercourse before talking about sex with their parents. (Pediatrics, December 2009.)
Did You Know? Nationwide, 46.8% of high school students have had sexual intercourse. The
breakdown by grade are as follows:
9th graders: 30%
10th graders: 41.4%
11th graders: 54.1%
12th graders: 64.1%
(U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance United
States, 2013, June, 2014.)

Now What? Kids Still Sexting


By HomeWord.com
Several current studies have found that despite broad informational and educational efforts to warn
kids about the consequences of sexting (sending semi-nude or nude photos by smartphone),
todays teenagers are still sexting.
Researchers are still attempting to get a handle on how widespread sexting is among teens and
further research is needed but a recent study from Drexel University found that more than 50% of
students surveyed had sent or received a sext as a minor.
Drexels study also confirmed what other studies have shown, that teenagers who sext are largely
unaware of potential criminal charges that could be brought against them in some jurisdictions.
Other recent research indicates that sexting trends are trickling down to younger students in middle
school, and that sexting at a younger age increases the likelihood of sexual activity, in contrast to
students who did not sext.
Now What?
Parents should keep in mind that not all kids sext and that not all kids who sext experience
negative consequences.
Since sexting can result in devastating consequences for kids, parents should be proactive in
discussing sexting and its consequences with their teenagers (such as the potential for viral
distribution of a sext, the lingering impact of digital images on the internet, and the potential criminal
and legal consequences of sexting.)
Parents should understand that teens brains are wired for risk-taking, which may increase the
appeal of sexting.
Parents should reinforce God-honoring principles of sexuality, healthy self-exteem, and respect for
others.
Parents should establish clear expectations and consequences for sexting.
Parents should become familiar with smartphone photo apps that are commonly used for sexting.
Notably, Shapchat has been a sexting app of choice because it gives kids a false sense of security
in believing that pictures and videos self-destruct.
Parents should create an overall plan to provide direction for teens smartphone use to include
what apps are allowed, what apps are purchased, and acceptable use for apps.