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What Parents Should Know: About the "dump"& other trends going on right now...

Updated: Jul 21, 2021

What Parents Should Know: About the "dump"

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Instagram is full of “dumps” A new term that has been coined by users that take a random selection of pictures from their phone’s camera roll and post them without context or explanation. Think about it like your mom’s random Facebook album. It seems as though the photos are seemingly unrelated and taken from different places and times with little to no explanation about where they are from.

“Casual selfies are mixed in with pictures of food, sunsets, and candid shots to give you an overall “vibe.” Images included in a dump post are often unremarkable or unworthy of their own solo posts — which is exactly why we love them” reports culture website: Input.

‘Low-effort and haphazardly put together — hence the term “dump” — the gallery posts can be widely attributed to the events of 2020. As a result of the pandemic, which fueled a year of loss, grief, and overall melancholy, curating an Instagram feed has become a practice of the past. During quarantine — when no one had any Instagram-worthy events to attend or dress up for — photo dumps became especially popular.”

Many students and young adults are using these photo dumps as a sort of digital diary of their week and the appeal is that they are completely uncurated. The reason: many instagram users are fed up with the highly polished look of the social media accounts that feature like filters and colors on every one of their posts. The photo dump defies all of those rules and opts for the authentic.

Says Instagram user Sannah Kim, “I HATED how I USED TO CARE about keeping a THEME or how people PERCEIVED me. PHOTO DUMPS may be the CLOSEST we get to AUTHENTICITY.”

Still, Instagram users don’t seem to want to engage in the app’s new features, instead favoring the authenticity of posts like photo dumps. Carelessness would appear to be the point, but upon closer inspection, photo dumps just present a grainier perspective of a life that’s still meant to seem as aspirational as ever.

In short, a photo dump is the social-media equivalent of showing up to the party with perfect hair and on-trend leisurewear ,and saying with a shrug, “Thanks. I woke up like this.” It’s an attitude that understandably appeals to teens who want to seem too cool to care.


Youth Pastor Apologizes for making girls wear one-piece bathing suit...

Says Bryce Brewer:

#1 I am sorry that I didn’t teach boys to control themselves

#2 I am sorry I laid the weight of purity on a girls swimsuit while she was swimming, and not on the boys responsibility to not be gross

#3 I am sorry to all the girls that frantically searched for an appropriate one piece so that some male youth pastor could deem them appropriate

#4 I am sorry that we have deemed a young women’s body as something that “needs to be covered” and let young men’s bodies be ok to be seen

#5 I am sorry I ever let this be an item of discussion...this must have been awful for my female leaders and students to be part of

A youth pastor from Spokane, Washington went viral this week when he apologized for mandating one-piece swimsuits for female participants at church-sponsored events.

"So what's the BIG DEAL? "

As Axis points out: "This particular youth pastor notes that he spent years directing the focus of young Christian women toward their swim attire. Then he had the experience of trying to help shop for an acceptably modest, but also fashionable, one-piece swimsuit with a younger family member.

The youth pastor says he realizes now that he had very little understanding or compassion for how frustrating and difficult the bathing suit search often was, and that he now feels it puts an unfair burden on women while letting boys off the hook, framing them as helpless to their sexual thoughts.

One might argue that this apology lives somewhere at the intersection of the growing backlash to so-called purity culture and the secular “body neutrality” movement. Regardless of our opinions on swimwear, focusing only on what someone is allowed to put on their body might not have the outcome we intend, and urging that we keep pure hearts toward one another is everyone’s responsibility."


"What is the meaning of "POGGERS" and why do I keep hearing my 12 year old saying it?"

Nowadays, “poggers” refers to a specific emoticon available on Twitch which depicts a surprised-looking Pepe the Frog. The word “poggers” is used to express excitement during a game when something exciting occurs.

“Poggers” belongs to a sort of family of words that includes “PogChamp” and “MonkaS.” All three of these are derived from BetterTTV emotes used on Twitch. (Twitch is a streaming platform for gamers who often "spam" the emotes while their favorite gamer is streaming gameplay." For the COMPLETE history check out this site that does an outstanding job of giving the full history.




"3 BIG Questions That Change Every Teenager" the book

“While incredibly relevant for teenagers in this moment, there is eternal truth here that transcends all ages” — so says award-winning author and podcaster Skye Jethani regarding the Fuller Youth Institute’s new book,

Based on interviews with 2,200 teenagers across the U.S., Dr. Kara Powell and her team uncovered these three questions at the core of today’s teens’ quest for meaning: Who am I, Where do I fit, and What difference can I make?

In some sense, these are questions that human beings have always asked, but with the internet and social media they have taken on new significance. Teenagers today live simultaneously in several spaces (some online, some offline) in ways that previous generations didn’t. They are connected to increasingly diverse groups of people, with increasingly diverse expectations of them. As a result, many teens feel pressured not only to be their best selves at all times, but to be who each category expects them to be.

“Young people struggle to find satisfying and life-giving answers to these questions on their own,” as Fuller’s research summary puts it. “They need caring adults willing to lean in with empathy, practice listening, and gently point them in the direction of better answers: that they are enough because of Jesus, they belong with God’s people, and they are invited into God’s greater story.”

Here are some questions we hope might spark discussion along these lines with your teens (and pre-teens):

  • What’s one thing you really like about yourself?

  • Where do you feel like it’s easiest to let your guard down?

  • Do you feel passionate about making a difference? Have you found ways to do that?

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