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Alcohol Conversation

       We desperately need to have another alcohol conversation with our students and it cannot wait any longer.  With homecomings, dances, and fall parties right around the corner, this is a conversation we can't afford to miss.  Just read through these facts to get a feel for how important this discussion really is with MS students (whether they want to hear it again or not).

  1. 30% of 8th graders have already tried alcohol
  2. Kids develop perceptions of alcohol as young as 2nd and 3rd grade
  3. Students are most influenced by their parents view on alcohol through age 21
  4. Children start to think positively about alcohol between ages 9 and 13
  5. 21% of young people have tried more than a sip of alcohol by age 13

       For more astounding facts about middle school students and alcohol, as well as some information on having these conversations, click the links below.

Discussion questions with MS students – What are your thoughts on alcohol? Have you seen/tried alcohol? Where? What happened if you did try it? If you didn't, what caused you not to? Is alcohol good, bad, or neither? Why?

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Hidden Pictures App

       Parents need to be aware of a fairly new app that is popping up on student's iPhones and iPod devices.  The app is called Calculator% (only for Apple devices, not available through Android) and is basically a way for users to hide photos/video.  The basic idea is that the app appears to be a calculator, but when a secret code is entered, the user is able to see private videos and photos that are stored on the device.  This app may be helpful to some, but like all things it can be used for destructive behavior as well.

       Although not all of our students have phones, tablets, or computers, chances are they will be in position at some point to hide something they don't want seen.  And this app is making it much easier to do just that.  Check out the 2 minute video in the article below to learn more about the app and what it does and doesn't do.

Discussion questions with MS students – If someone were to follow you around for a day, would your actions demonstrate your faith?  Would you be ok with someone looking through your phone/locker/notebook?  Do you have someone keeping you accountable with how you act, words you speak, and how you spend your time?

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