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FOMO - Fear Of Missing Out

       Now that Spring Break has come and gone, most likely students have posted pictures of their trips.  (And if your family wasn't "normal" and didn't take a trip, I'm sure your student let you know how deprived they are!)  No matter how great the trip was, students were still probably checking other user's posts, comparing their lives, memories, and vacations.  This only furthers the problem many Middle Schoolers call FOMO, or Fear Of Missing Out.

       FOMO is the Middle School version of adults "keeping up with the Jones's."  And let's be honest, we all do this to some extent (for MS kids - Instagram, for "old people" like me - Facebook).  But social media makes it easier and easier to feel like we're "missing" something.  The real cause of this is us valuing/idolizing possessions and experiences more than God (and most likely we know that and our kids know that).  But how can we practically deal with it?  Check out the article below for some tips.

Discussion questions with MS students: Are there any habits you might want to change? (Such as not checking your phone before bed). What would happen if you turned off your phone for a day?Or unfollowed/unfriended someone who was making you feel bad on social media? Do posts ever affect your mood?

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Youtube Videos

       Last week the post was about what people your kids are following and watching.  This week is about the type of videos they're watching.  Some of the types of videos make you think, "people really watch this?"  Yes.  Yes they do.  Hundreds, thousands, and even millions of people watch these types of videos.

       So what types of videos are kids watching?  The article below describes the main genres as: Let's Plays, Minecraft, Unboxing, Challenges, Makeup and Fashion, and generally Funny Stuff.  To learn more about what these videos contain as well as some of the main personalities that post these videos with millions of views, click the article below.

Discussion questions with MS students:  What type of videos do you watch? Have you seen these types of videos? Do you think they are a good use of time? What do you think about the language many of the popular Youtubers use?

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