License to Parent
Our culture has a lot more influence on our teens than many understand. This influence isn’t always good.
I have spoken regularly on the topic of media influence, including on the topic of anhedonia. In addition to speaking at conferences and churches, I am able to see the influences media, music and culture has on the students at Shepherd’s Hill Academy (SHA) and review it regularly.
A Lack of Understanding
It is projected that 50% of internet traffic comes from mobile devices. This means influence is just a touch away. Parents would do well to educate themselves on the powerful influences of media.
Technology can be a good thing, but we are becoming more dependent on media and digital devices. We should realize just how much media influences our teens. We must also realize that teens were born into this media age, and do not know anything else.
Can Media Influence Us in a Negative Way?
Content is one way media influences impressionable minds. Because media easily influences the young minds of teenagers, it is important to monitor the media intake within the home. This includes setting boundaries and limits.
Shepherd’s Hill Academy Provides a Practical Example
Students who arrive at SHA often have feelings of anger, depression, hatred, apathy, and other negative emotions. However, when they graduate from Shepherd’s Hill Academy they leave with self-confidence, a sense of pride, joy, and a feeling of love.
Although many factors lead to this transformation, one such factor is the removal from technology and media.
Shepherd’s Hill Academy’s reviews and endorsements are a testament to the transformation in the lives of the students at SHA.
The influence of media cannot be underestimated. When the rest of America wakes up to this, we will vastly reduce the number of troubled teens in our country.
What are other cultural influences that your family faces?
Trace Embry is the Founder and Director of Shepherds Hill Academy, a Christ-centered therapeutic residential program, as well as a private accredited boarding school for troubled teenagers. He is the Host of the "License to Parent with Trace Embry Radio Program." He is also a public speaker, and teaches parenting classes. Visit his parenting blog at "Insight for Today's Culture with Trace Embry."