3 Things This Week
1. Switch Hack
What it is: Have a Nintendo Switch in your home? Nintendo announced this week that 300,000 Switch accounts were hacked in April.
Why it’s time to change the password: They previously believed the hack affected around 160,000 accounts, but after continuing to investigate, they discovered it was much more widespread. Hackers could have spent money at the My Nintendo store, as well as been able to see “a user’s nickname, date of birth, and email address,” according to The Verge. It’s believed to only affect accounts connected to old Nintendo 3DS or Wii U accounts still using the same password, but it’s a good idea to change the password on any Nintendo accounts at this time. If your children are Nintendo users, this is a ripe opportunity to teach them about choosing secure passwords, changing them on a regular basis, and the risks of putting sensitive information online.
2. Connected More Than Ever
Why it’s eye-opening: Conducted by digital safety company Qustodio from February 2019 to April 2020, the survey compiled anonymous data from 60,000 families in the U.S., U.K., and Spain. It found that kids in the U.S. spend an average of 100 minutes per day on YouTube and 80 minutes per day on TikTok, despite the fact that both apps are supposed to be for ages 13+ (because of COPPA). YouTube Kids, which was designed for children under 13, was only used by 7%, compared with 69% using YouTube. Another key finding was that Roblox is the preferred video game for this demographic, being played 20 minutes longer per day than even Fortnite. Thankfully, the report also comes with plenty of practical advice for parents, so it’s worth taking the time to read.
3. Gen Z’s Biggest Problem
What it is: Youth research from YPulse has discovered what Gen Z believes to be “the biggest problem their generation faces,” and it’s not COVID-19.
Why it matters: The annual survey polled 1000 13- to 37-year-olds, revealing that both young Gen Zers (13- to 18-year-olds) and older Gen Zers (19- to 25-year-olds) think “racism/discrimination” is the biggest problem for their generation, diverging from their Millennial counterparts (26- to 37-year-olds), who ranked COVID-19 as the biggest problem. Perhaps this isn’t surprising since it’s impossible to avoid the cultural moment (even video games have statements in them now). But rather than deciding if they’re right or wrong, let’s choose the third way of seeing the situation, which is that this is very personal to them. We can show them we’re on their side by entering into their world, engaging with what they care about even when it’s tough, and letting our voices be the ones that disciple them.
Spotlight: Many of us have experienced more boredom than we know what to do with during COVID-19, and even as life starts getting back to normal, the issue of boredom remains. Our new Parent’s Guide to Boredom is all about how to help your teen discover why they’re bored and address their deeper longings. If you’re interested in how smartphones alter our experience of downtime and how boredom can actually be a good thing, you can find the guide here!
A Tale of Two Independence Days
History is a funny thing. No matter how we teach it, no matter what we choose to highlight or ignore, no matter how we spin our nation’s story, the fact remains we can’t change the past, we can only learn from it. Unfortunately, we often fail to understand the present because we refuse to tell the truth about our past. That’s why this year in particular, as our nation continues to struggle with racial injustice and deeply rooted prejudice, we must tell the truth about our past, ourselves, and our nation.
89 years after the Founding Fathers declared independence from British rule in 1776, the last Americans finally tasted freedom. And yet it would take another century for African Americans to earn full citizenship status with the end of segregation and the abolition of Jim Crow laws, in what Christianity Today describes as “Justice Too Long Delayed.”
Next Friday, as African Americans gather in parks and homes to celebrate their “Independence Day” from slavery, pause and commemorate the day with your family. Jack Dorsey, the president of Twitter, just announced Juneteenth as a corporate holiday, calling for “a day of celebration, education, and connection.” But for those of us who are white, as our Black brothers and sisters celebrate, maybe a more appropriate response is to spend the day in repentance and lament.
As we mentioned above, this is Gen Z’s biggest issue, so to aid in your family’s commemoration, education, and lamentation, here are three ways to honor this sacred day together.
- Pray: Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed by what we have done and what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart: We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We repent of the evil that enslaves us, the evil we have done, and the evil done on our behalf. We are truly sorry, and we humbly repent.
- Visit: If possible, tour an African American museum to learn more about our nation’s history. Here’s a list of museums around the country.