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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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Students in Need

       According to a study done last year, one in every 10 students has considered harming themselves at some point in their life.  With recent news headlines discussing people who cut off limbs because they are “at war with their bodies,” and magazine covers insisting self-mutilation is a good thing in order to call someone “Caitlin,” is this really a shock that more and more of our students are also trending this way?  The numbers insist that at least a handful of our students here at ZPC are probably dealing with this issue now, or have dealt with it in the past.

       So how can we help them?  How can we even know if they’re doing this?  I think the article outlines some ways to combat this growing trend of self-harm.  One person in the article described being in relationship with three different therapists.  I don’t think we necessarily have to all take our kids to therapists, but students having relationships with caring adults, (in addition to their parents) is a positive thing.  Statistics show that having 5 adults investing into a student increases that student’s chance of sticking with their faith.

       At the end of the article, another idea says, “legitimizing their feelings is the first step to recovery.”  This is an incredible statement and so very true.  Much of what our students are going through can be solved by someone who is there to understand, empathize, and struggle through the pain with them.  All we have to do is think back to our time in Middle School and we can instantly become the friend we so desperately desired at that time in our life.

Discussion questions with MS students – Have you ever harmed yourself or ever thought about it?  What made you do it or not do it?  Have any of your friends?  What would you do if you found out a friend was thinking about harming themselves?

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