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These pages report, but don’t endorse or recommend, what’s hot with preteens.

Movie

A Wrinkle in Time

The Scoop Based on the classic book by Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time is a sci-fi family fantasy/adventure movie produced by Disney. In the story, a scientist disappears and is trapped by an evil energy. His son learns how to look for him in a fifth dimension by stepping across a wrinkle in time.

Our Take While this is a children’s story and rated PG, some children may find the content scary and confusing. Because of the spiritual content, we recommend you preview the movie and talk with kids about its themes and how they do or don’t align with what God says about good and evil.

TV

Kevin (Probably) Saves the World

The Scoop This ABC comedy follows a deadbeat man who meets a messenger from God and is charged with saving humanity from a terrible fate.Themes in the show include heaven, life after death, and redemption, and characters attempt to redeem themselves through their actions.

Our Take Although the spiritually related content isn’t exactly biblical, there are plenty of positive messages and positive role models in Kevin (Probably) Saves the World. Keep in mind that the show does include some mature content, including drinking, language, and romantic relationships, and is best for kids to view with parents.

Music

NF: Perception

The Scoop A self-proclaimed Christian, NF (Nathan John Feuerstein) made his way to the top of the Billboard charts near the end of 2017. His rap album Perception reached number one on the Billboard 200. Perception’s most-played song on Amazon Music, “Let You Down,” addresses a possible struggle between parents and their child. Other songs center around spiritual and relational struggles, and NF isn’t afraid to mention his faith in his music. NF’s rapping style has been compared to that of rapper Eminem.

Our Take Because of all the violence, profanity, and sexual references in Eminem’s music, some might be concerned about the comparison between the two rappers. Be aware that NF doesn’t consider himself a Christian rapper, and his music isn’t overtly Christian. He addresses harsh real-life and spiritual struggles that may be upsetting or confusing for preteens.That said, he tackles his subject matter without profanity or inappropriate content.

App/Website

Clips

The Scoop Apple’s video editing app Clips, which was released in 2017, allows users to stitch together photos and videos. Once clips are created, users can dictate text and add emojis and other filters. Time magazine named it number 15 on its list of the top 25 best iPhone and Android apps of 2017 because of the app’s intelligent caption-adding performance when compared to similar apps such as Instagram.

Our Take Kids of all ages enjoy making videos of themselves, and Clips is a fun addition to their list of video editing apps. The difference with Clips is that it’s not as integrally tied into social media as apps like Instagram are. Because preteens are generally very social, they’ll probably want to share the videos they make regardless of the platform they were made on. But the app itself is a clean-fun win. Just be mindful of where kids are sharing their clips.

Game

Super Mario Run

The Scoop Released for iOS at the end of 2016 and for Android devices in early 2017, the Super Mario Run game was selected number one on a Time magazine list of best apps in mid-2017. Users can now play a game similar to the traditional Super Mario series, but now on their mobile devices. In this version, Mario runs without stopping, and players make him jump, spin, and gather coins by tapping the screen. Additionally, Super Mario Run boasts that users can play one-handed. It’s rated 4+.

Our Take Super Mario Run is the kind of game that almost every age can enjoy. From Gen X parents to preschoolers, users can have fun and be challenged with this classic game, which has been enhanced by modern technology. Anytime a game offers the ability for game play with others around the world, however, we recommend caution and parent supervision.

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