NTS Camp and Protect Young Eyes Team Up!

This blog post is written specifically for parents of kids who will be attending NTS Camp in summer 2018.   If you want to learn more about the impact the digital life has on students, check out our 3-part podcast interview with Chris: #401 || Digital Life Series: Screen Science #402 || Digital Life Series: Students’ […]

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Youth and Social Media

How did Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and Facebook, take over the world?  How did it become the topic of discussion, the way to communicate, and the stumbling point in our lives all at the same time? Social media can either be something that brings us down or it can be something that can be used for […]

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Thought Factory Podcast #404 || Digital Life Series: The Internet Never Forgets

In this episode, we continue giving students survival skills to help them forge their digital footprint through the world they live in.  The internet is more of a reflection of who we are than what we say we are.  How we navigate technology gives us insight into our heart because every click makes a mark, […]

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Thought Factory Podcast #402 || Digital Life Series: Students’ Social Currency

Students’ social status is a major part of their lives.  Their appearance, their branding, their amount of likes and re-tweets become the elements of a transaction in regards to their interaction with others.  Just like we place value on a currency, students place value on their social standing.  In an attempt to get students to […]

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Thought Factory Podcast #401 || Digital Life Series: Screen Science

We cannot go through a day without the digital world impacting our existence.  If students don’t have the survival skills of navigating the digital life, they won’t survive in this modern world.  We are evaluating how students interact with technology and how to help them learn these digital survival skills in the next few episodes.  […]

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Thought Factory Podcast #208 || Porn & Tech Guinea Pigs

Why do good students fall prey to pornography?  How do you feel when you receive 100 likes on Instagram?  Why are students…ok, the majority of users addicted to their smartphone?  In this episode, we discuss how porn, tech, and social media companies are preying on the neurological development of students’ brains to hold our attention […]

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Thought Factory Podcast #207 || Engage & Redeem Technology

How long could you go without your phone?  Less than an hour?  We are talking more about the digital nemesis that the majority of us have accepted into our lives, the smartphone.  In today’s episode, we hear from high school students about their attachment to this device.  We also provide suggested guidelines for youth ministry […]

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Thought Factory Podcast #107 || Social Media Part 4: Guidelines for This Social Game

In episode #107, we discussed how social media can be a guessing game when it comes to parents and their children’s use or youth worker and their students in a ministry context.  At times it can feel like we are at battle with each other, taking shots from opposing sides instead of playing this game […]

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Thought Factory Podcast #106 || Social Media Part 3: Digital Discipleship

In episode #106, hosts Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer interview Dr. Craig Detweiler.  Craig is a media professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, filmmaker, and author of iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives. What does it mean to hand over a smartphone, a very powerful device, to an adolescent when there […]

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Thought Factory Podcast #105 || Social Media Part 2: Takes More Than Give

Episode #105 we interview Phil Joel from Zealand Worship.  Phil is the former bassist for the band Newsboys and he talks about his personal approach to social media as well as his current band’s approach to social media.  The automatic assumption these days is that if you’re going to have any presence in the world, […]

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