I Surveyed Your Child

Well, maybe your child’s classmate! In the last month, I have randomly surveyed two kids per week between the ages of 12 and 18, and to be honest, it was discouraging. I am repeatedly flabbergasted by what kids have on their iGadgets, specifically as it relates to music.

First, I was given lyrics by the kids themselves that were beyond disturbing, taking into consideration the kids I was interviewing. I will not put those lyrics in this article, but I will say that murder and rape were repeatedly the most celebrated and encouraged actions. Believe me when I say, it was BAD.

Equally disturbing to me was how little the children’s parents were involved. With five of the kids, their parents had no idea what was on their device, two said their parents didn’t approve, and one said his dad knows, “but said it was OK.”

Their is no denying the power of the mind, and many large and credible studies have confirmed the undeniable power of songs and media, as it relates to shaping the way a person sees the world.

James Allen summarized the wisdom of the ancient world in saying, “Our most prevalent thoughts and thought processes determine our life.”

The apostle Paul wrote this to the church:

“Finally, brothers, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

Survey your child.



About Kris Hogan

With a 16-year educational tenure under his belt, Kris Hogan has spent the last nine years working at Grapevine Faith High School in Grapevine, Texas. In addition to sitting on its administrative team, Hogan also pulls double duty as Faith’s head football coach. Hogan also was the subject of Remember Why You Play, a 2008 book by sports columnist and author David Thomas that chronicled the lives, struggles and successes of Coach Hogan and his team. READ MORE→