Written in April 2019
The harmful effect of social media on teenagers has been highlighted by the tragic case of 14 year old Molly Russell who killed herself after viewing posts on Instagram that glamorised self-harm and suicide. However it is not just extreme cases like this which are causing concern.
Children have become such screen addicts they are abandoning their friends and hobbies. Even under fives are spending hours online. 90% of teenagers spend an average of 20 hours a week online. Many take their phones to bed with them and wake up in the night to check their posts. All of this is having a harmful effect on their mental and physical development.
A report by the Prince’s Trust revealed that the number of young people in the UK who say they do not believe that life is worth living has doubled in the last decade, amid a sense of overwhelming pressure from social media which is driving feelings of inadequacy. It found that just under half of young people who use social media now feel more anxious about their future when they compare themselves to others. Social media makes them feel inadequate. More than half (57%) think social media creates ‘overwhelming pressure’ to succeed. Girls particularly are affected, by comparing their bodies to perfect bodies they see on social media. This makes them feel not good enough and they end up depressed.
Added to the stress and confusion caused by all this, we have the educational system, which is promoting all kinds of anti-Christian material in our schools. The LGBT agenda is promoting homosexuality and transsexuality even to primary school children. Children are being confused by the lie that gender is fluid as transgender propaganda encourages boys to identify as girls and girls as boys.
Children who identify as transgender are being offered hormone blocking drugs before puberty and parent’s rights to stop this is being taken away. These drugs can cause permanent physical damage, rendering the children sterile, with irreversible effects on the pituitary gland, which prevents them from developing healthy adult bone density. This is a form of state sponsored child abuse backed by liberal leftists who want to destroy Christianity, biblical family values and reconstruct society in antichrist lines. They also want to abandon reason and basic biology like the education authority in Brighton which has approved LGBT guidelines requiring schools to teach that ‘menstruation must be inclusive of all genders,’ or ‘boys can have periods too.’ Signs of collective insanity taking over.
In order to deal with the stress all this is causing, educationalists have now come up with the idea of introducing ‘Mindfulness’ into schools to help calm children down and help them concentrate in their lessons. Former Conservative MP Edward Timpson told MPs that mandatory lessons in mindfulness should become a ‘normal part of the school day’. So is this a good idea?
Dr Joe Boot, Director of the Wilberforce Academy, defined mindfulness as ‘a Buddhist meditative technique rooted in the thoughts and practices of Buddhism. … At bottom, this practice cultivates the realisation of an experience described as ‘cessation’ in which mental afflictions are removed because the illusion of the ‘self’ is uprooted. Mindfulness meditation gives rise to the idea that all your anxiety is merely a transitory appearance of consciousness. Moreover, there is no true ‘I’, and this realisation liberates us from any sense of sin, shame, fear or even desire.’
Dr Peter Jones of truthXchange has described this as ‘brain-washing the rising generation into adopting as normal the pagan belief that all is one and that distinctions like good and evil, male and female are no longer useful in the global culture of the future.’
Joe Boot concludes, ‘The biblical view of salvation could not be more removed from this pagan quackery. In biblical faith, God is not pure consciousness, but a divine being with personality to whom we relate through repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. A human being, made in God’s image, is a person, a real individual, and this individuality is the basis for true community. Our minds are not fragments of pure consciousness, but each an individual aspect of created spiritual reality, embodied in the human person. Our problems are not that ‘we are alienated from pure consciousness’. The human problem is moral. Our problem is sin. The cure for our anxiety, fears and evil desires is not the cessation of self. The cure is in facing ourselves and our sins, and by repentance and faith being reconciled to God. In fellowship with God through Jesus Christ, the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, where perfect love casts out fear. The rule of God in our lives is productive of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, who is with us forever.’