This multimedia presentation will give an up-close look at the world of teenagers, allowing for better awareness and understanding of the most pressing issues teenagers confront and why adults matter in the lives of teenagers. Topics including social media, relationships, technology, sexuality, pornography, drugs and alcohol, work, church and faith will be discussed.
Those attending will discover how Unity engages students toward a deeper understanding of God’s intended design for them in all areas of life. Additionally, attendees will be presented with practical ideas to effectively engage the culture and lives of teenagers. Multiple resources will be offered to encourage strong relationships through communication. Though focused primarily on the teenage years, this presentation is intended for parents of all ages!
– Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug among youth in the United States.
– People aged 12-20 drink 11% of all alcohol consumed in the United States.
– During the past 30 days 30% of teens drank some amount of alcohol.
– Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 12-18.
– More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease combined.
– Gen Z teens are twice as likely to identify LGBTQ or atheist than Gen X teens.
– 66% of teens see nothing wrong with any version of sexual behavior.
– New media use for teens averages six hours per day.
– Gen Z is the least religious generation in American history.
– 87% of Christian teenagers don’t do any personal devotions.
– 80% of Americans do not attend church regularly.
– Average first exposure to porn in the US is age 11.
– 57% of 18-year old’s seek out porn monthly – they saw it as less immoral than not recycling.
– In 2016 alone, more than 4,599,000,000 hours of porn were consumed on the world’s largest porn site.
– 64% of young people , ages 13-24, actively seek out pornography weekly or more often.
– Teenage girls and young women are significantly more likely to actively seek out porn than women 25 years old and above.
Dan Landstra is the Director of Spiritual Life & Leadership at Unity Christian High School. After receiving his degree from Dordt College, he began his teaching career in Iowa at Sioux Center Christian. He has been at Unity for the past twenty- three years. Dan’s passion is leading students to see Christ in all areas of life, coaching them as followers of Christ to become leaders. Dan speaks with student groups and churches around the Midwest on topics related to faith, culture, and spiritual growth. Dan is married to Laura. They have four children and live in Hudsonville, MI.