This generation of kids is not okay.
They’re suffering from depression.
There was a 51% increase in suicide attempts among teenage girls in 2020, and there’s no evidence to suggest it’s getting any better.
Suicide rates have been rising every year since 2007. (Which, incidentally, is the year social media use really took off.) Three female college athletes have taken their own lives in the last two weeks.
Two of my own friends’ teenage daughters have gone into long-term, in-patient care for eating disorders in the last two weeks. Both girls’ health has been compromised by anorexia and bulimia, to the point that their organs are threatening to fail.
Does anyone not know a family whose child announced out of the blue that he is no longer a he, or she is no longer a she? (If you still think the explosion of transgender identities is an organic development that deserves celebration, I’ve got a beautiful bridge in California to sell you.)
I’m not hopeful about our chances, as a country or as parents just trying to protect our children. The Titanic is sinking and the band is playing Nearer My God to Thee as the deck slips into the sea.
Gen Z is broken, possibly without remedy. In my opinion, social media, smartphones, and public schools are largely to blame. But who gave our kids social media, smartphones, and public schools where active shooters are so commonplace that schools now have practice drills for such events?
We have made this world for our children, and we are responsible for it—every single one of us.
A few weeks ago I wrote about the left eating its own and the right holding hands and singing, “Jesus Is Coming!” while those who are actively and boldly preying on our children sharpen their knives and lick their chops. Nothing has changed since I wrote that piece.
Just this morning I read a text assuring all of us on the thread that God has had enough of his children being destroyed, and he is on the move now.
Oh, was there a time that God wasn’t terribly concerned about what was happening, so he was napping blissfully on the porch?
If you’re a Christian, please spend less time watching Joel Olsteen (“God just wants you to be happy and rich!”) and spend more time reading pretty much anything in the Old Testament. “God makes nations great, and he destroys them,” (Job 12:23) for example.
MIT Technology Review just published an article revealing that the United States hosts more child sexual abuse material online than any other country and, like depression and suicidality, trends only point to it getting worse.
Signs point to a lot of things getting worse when it comes to our kids and our country.
Our perspective at Advocates Protecting Children is that we’re rowing a lifeboat through the floating debris, offering a hand out of the water to as many people as we can reach.
We know very well that most are going to be lost.
Maria Keffler is a co-founder of Advocates Protecting Children, and the author of Desist, Detrans & Detox: Getting Your Child Out of the Gender Cult.