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In July of 2008 a new independent documentary called American Teen made its public debut. Unfortunately it only showed in very few theatres across the country. However, this raw look at today’s teenager was praised at film festivals across the country and has recently been made available on DVD. The reality style movie, follows the lives of five very different high school seniors and their friends from Warsaw, Indiana. Each teen fits into a different category that would describe where many teens are at today. The Prom Queen, the Heartthrob, the Jock, the Rebel and the Geek. This film is a must see for any one who lives, works with and cares about teenagers. More than any other recent film this documentary accurately portrays many of the pains, struggles, and insecurities that come with being a teenager. It’s an eye opening documentary with personal stories of pain associated with tragedy, love gone bad, backstabbing, pressure to fit in and many more realities that come with being a teenager. You will find a genuine connection with theses characters because most likely their stories will remind you of a teen you know.

The Parent Source is composed by: Upside Down Ministries Teen Culture Specialist Robert Smith P O Box 232 Lawton, Ok 73502


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Faces you should know You may remember this face from the hit MTV2 show “Rob and Big”, a show that followed Rob Dyrdek the professional skate boarder and his body guard nicknamed “Big”. After 3 Seasons the show dissolved due to Big leaving the show to be with his girlfriend and new baby. Since then Rob just launched his new show in February. This new television show titled “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory “features Dyrdek and his cousin "Drama". It follows Rob’s purchasing a warehouse in order to perform extreme sports stunts and pursuing other business ventures. In the show, he builds a zip line in his warehouse, puts a blob in the factory that goes into the foam pit, skateboards, creates new skateboarding action figure toys and more. The show “America’s Best Dance Crew” was started by American Idol judge Randy Jackson, and became popular immediately. The show is described as the American Idol for dancers. In the show groups of dancers compete to win the title of America’s Best Dance Crew and $100,000. Viewers vote for their favorites to move on to each round. As the show gained more steam the winners of season 1, the JabaWockeeZ, have been seen all over on TV and in advertisements. They were the official spokespeople for Gatorade as well as collaborating with Shaquille O’Neal for his intro at the NBA All Star Game. It would be fair to say you may see Super Cr3w and Quest Crew more in the near future as well. Season 1 Winners: Season 2 Winners: Season 3 Winners: JabaWockeeZ Super Cr3w Quest Crew

Nitro Circus is an American television series, originally run as a miniseries in 2006 on Fuel TV. It began running as a reality television show on MTV February 8th 2009 that features people performing various dangerous stunts. The show is centered around one of the world's premier freestyle motocross riders Travis Pastrana and Fuel TV is aF th at is dedic ox station his crew of top action sport athlete buda tion sport ted to acdies. The show follows Travis and the s such as Nitro Circus Crew as they travel around b skateboarding, sno woarding, e xtreme the world setting up outrageous stunts biking, etc. and pushing the human body to the limit, constantly looking to innovate the world of action sports. Travis' compound in Annapolis houses a full motocross course, foam pits and a home-made waterslide carved into a hill creating a self contained extreme sports circus. Whether they are base jumping, sky diving, riding, driving or relaxing, this group of tight-knit, highly skilled, adrenaline-fueled friends always take the action to the next level. 2

The new Nintendo Wii game Mad World is the most violent For information on how the research into violent media is carried out, and what congame available for the norclusions are being drawn check out the study done by Christian Barnes-Young. He is an avid mally kid aimed game congamer and clinical consultant for the Continuum of Care, a South Carolina state agency that sole. It is presented in a comic serves children with severe emotional disturbance. He is also a licensed professional counselor. book style and depicts almost unbelievable violent acts. The game is presented as a sick and twisted TV game show, commentated upon by a duo of sportscaster-like “announcers” who cuss, drop references to drugs and drug use, and make comments that could be taken as sexist or homophobic. This game takes the concept of “ultraviolence” and transforms it into a twisted art form. In-game environments provide many things which can be utilized to kill hundreds of opponents in creative ways. Points are awarded for kills that go above and beyond using the main character, Jack’s, fists and wrist-mounted chainsaw. The more elaborate and creative the death, death the more points that the player is awarded. For example, simply chopping an opponent in half with the chainsaw yields little bonus – but beating them until they’re stunned, throwing a trash can over their head, running them through with a signpost, picking them up and smashing them against a spike wall a few times, then finally tossing them into the path of an oncoming train will yield a massive point bonus. Since this game is made for the Wii the player must do these violent acts with the Wii remote. This elevates the disturbing behavior because the player must actually make the motion with his or her own hands to carry out the murder. For example using the chainsaw would require the player to move the Wii remote as if it were the weapon itself in order to injure their opponent.

MadWorld is rated “Mature” by the ESRB. The game is cited for "Blood and Gore," "Drug Reference," "Intense Violence," "Mature Humor," "Sexual Themes," and "Strong Language." Though the in-game graphics are more stylized and cartoon-like, it does not lessen the impact of the “intense violence” and “blood and gore” contained within. If anything, the game’s stark black-and-white visuals make the bright red of spraying blood from brutally beaten enemies even more striking.

These games are multi player games for the whole family to enjoy together. Hasbro Family Game Night for Wii, PS2 This collection of classic games like Sorry, Connect 4, Battleship and more.

Xbox 360 is featuring a family game of the month at This months feature was Banjo Kazooie Nuts and Bolts, a game where the characters build vehicles to carry out their tasks.

All Lego style games can be played together with several players trying to accomplish the same goals of each level as a team. Lego games are available for Wii, PS3, and XBOX 360.

Wii All Play Games are Multiplayer sports games that can be played with older and younger age kids.

Buzz for the PS3 is a trivia question game show style video game for ages 12 and up. 3

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In 2008 apple released Web applications, one of the most addictive and fastest growing technologies for the I-pod touch and the I-phone. Web rapps combine the power of the Inte net with the simplicity of I-Pod touch technology. iPhone and iPod touch let you easily flick through news, read the bible, or play pac-man with a finger tap. You can also quickly check movie times, train schedules, and favorite blogs. Apps can be downloaded through the i-tunes store on your computer or directly APP TO CHEC K OUT: Bible from your I-Pod if it has internet Ap p Life Church.Tv has made this aw bility. Some of these apps esome app accessi available for fre ever most apps do e. It’s the com plete Bible on are free how your I-pod. It fea tures multiple ve cost. rsion

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The number one song ….on Billboard’s … 100 right now is Right Round by Flo Rida. It features the sound of 80’s hit You Spin me Round by Dead or Alive. However, Flo Rida has turned it into a rap song giving the lyrics a make over. The new chorus says “ You spin my head right round, right round when you go down, when you go down down.” In this song Flo Rida is talking about watching a stripper dance on a pole. However much controversy has been raised by the possible double meaning of this song. Many believe that these lyrics could also be talking about oral sex. “Going down” has long been a slang term to refer to this act. Regardless of which topic he is referring to a negative message has been wrapped in a good sound and is sure to be heard all over the place for months to come.


Recently the news of music artist Chris Brown abusing his girlfriend Rhianna has been talked about everywhere. Chris (19) is facing assault charges for beating Rihanna (21) the day of the Grammy awards. With the couple being so young this has raised a question about teen relationship abuse. How common are situations similar to these two young music stars?

1 in 3 teens report knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped, choked, or otherwise physically hurt by his or her partner About one in 11 teens reports being a victim of physical dating abuse each year. ♦ About one in four teens reports verbal, physical, emotional or sexual abuse each year. ♦ About one in five teens reports being a victim of emotional abuse. ♦ About one in five high school girls has been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner. ♦ 4

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Every year Nickelodeon Hosts their annual Kids Choice Awards where kids go online and vote for their favorites in several categories. Here are the results for 2009: Dylan stars in the Disney show “The suite Life of Zack and Reality Show- American Idol

TV Actor -Dylan Sprouse Cartoon- Spongebob Book- Twilight by Stephanie Meyer Movie- High School Musical 3 Actor- Will Smith Actress- Vanessa Hudgens from High School Musical

Male Singer- Jesse McCartney Female Singer- Miley Cyrus Music Group- The Jonas Brothers Song- Single Ladies

Cody” with his twin Cole. Both brothers have been in movies and television since they were 6 years old. The twins are now 16 and have become "heartthrobs" with "overwhelming draws among preteen and teen audiences. They are also the new face of Dannon Danimals, being featured in commercials.

Jesse McCartney Broke onto the pop music scene as a teenager and has been a kid and teen fav for several years. He released his first solo album in 2006 which was a pop hit. Now 21 Jesses most recent album deals with more mature material and often has a sexually charged messaged. His biggest hit off of his newest album is titled Leavin’

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TV Show- iCarly TV Actress- Selena Gomez

Video Game- Guitar Hero-World Tour

Miley Cyrus is best known as Hannah Montana on Disney. Recently Miley has used her fame with the show as a foundation to launch her own musical career, not as Hannah Montana but as herself. Her newest single “The Climb” from Hannah Montana the Movie soundtrack has a more mature and serious feel to it. In the video Miley is simply herself, rather than her character Hannah Montana. Expect to see more of just Miley in the future.

Selena is an actress / singer best known for playing Alex on Disney channel’s Wizard of Waverly Place. In 2008 she signed with Hollywood Records and is currently working on her debut album which is tentatively set to be released this summer.

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Parent Discussion questions: 1. How could you use this documentary as a tool to better understand teens? 2. Why do you think skateboarding and other extreme sports have become so popular? How can this be a positive or negative trend? 3. How do you feel about shows like America’s Best Dance Crew or American Idol? 4. What concerns do you have about the video game MadWorld being released for the Wii? 5. What benefits are there to playing video games with your kids? 6. What IPOD applications have you seen advertised or used? 7. How real of an issue is teen relationship abuse in your community? 8. How can you use the Chris Brown event to talk to your kids about dating abuse? 9. Why would smoking smarties be popular with young kids? How can it affect their view of smoking and drug use?


The Parent Source April 09  

It follows Rob’s purchasing a warehouse in order to perform extreme sports stunts and pursuing other business ventures. In the show, he buil...

The Parent Source April 09  

It follows Rob’s purchasing a warehouse in order to perform extreme sports stunts and pursuing other business ventures. In the show, he buil...