BROWN COW 70% of milk consumed in public
schools is flavored-chocolate being the most popular. When
flavored milk wasn't on the cafeteria menu, kids' overall milk
consumption fell by 35%.
HALF 50% of parents say that having children
has had no influence on their decision to attend church on a
101 MILLION The number of Sony PlayStation
Network accounts (mostly owned by kids) hacked into earlier this
year leaving personal information exposed during the malicious
7.5 MILLION The number of kids under age 13 who
actively use Facebook, according to a recent survey conducted by
WAX ON Twelve-year-old actor Jaden Smith made
$3 million for his lead role in the remake of the 1984 hit movie,
The Karate Kid. Young Jaden's haul from the film is expected
to increase based on strong video sales.
70% The portion of kids ages 5 to 9 who have a
TV in their bedroom. Of those kids, 32% are already
overweight or are at risk for being overweight.
64% The percentage of kids with ADHD whose
major contributing factor to increased symptoms is food, according
to a recent study published in the medical journal Lancet.
SMARTY PANTS Grade point averages of kids who
attend church regularly are 14.4% higher than the GPA of kids who
THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT YouTube.com is
flooded with videos of babies-some as young as seven weeks-using
iPad apps. You may soon have babies who expect a tech-savvy
classroom. Tempted to go high-tech? Remember that
face-to-face interactions are what show Jesus' love to kids.
ALLERGY ALERT! 4.7% of kids under age 5
have at least one food allergy. 90% of these allergies are to
one of the following foods: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts,
wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. Does your ministry have a
clear allergy policy? Source:
PHONE HOME 20% of U.S. children ages
6 to 11 currently own a cell phone, up from 11.9% in 2005.
"Call my parents" is the #1 reason kids have a cell phone
"Call Friends" came in at #2-above texting, playing games, and
taking pictures. Source; MRI, American Kids Study
CHANGED LIVES Fairview Elementary
(enrollment 899) in a gang ridden area of Modesto, California, saw
suspensions drop 23% in a one-year period. The
reason? Mentors. Just think of the difference you're
making every week!
ALWAYS ON MY MIND When asked what they most
often think about, church leaders named 'helping volunteers
have a meaningful experience" as their top concern (68%), admitting
they think about it at least once per week or multiple times per
week. Source: churchvolunteercentral.com
Who Wins In Harvard-run "learn-and-earn"
programs in schools where kids were rewarded cash for good grades,
kids scored 40% higher on their test scores (Educational Innovation
Laboratory) Schools that adopted a reward system for good
behavior have seen a dramatic drop in referral for discipline
problems. One school reported 1,621 referrals for the first
year of the program, 1021 the second year, and 819 the third
year. In these programs, kids get a ticket for a positive
behavior. They can collect and exchange their tickets for
prizes (EducationWorld). In a study where kids were told to
report their grades to students at another school they would never
meet, 40 percent of the group of kids who were praised for being
smart lied about and inflated their grades. Of the group
praised for their effort, very few lied (New York Magazine)
Research related to kids' PE and exercise participation found that
intrinsic motivation (No rewards) facilitated a greater
participation and higher levels of satisfaction and competency
among kids, while extrinsic motivation (rewards) facilitated
greater anxiety and decreased self-esteem.