What Happened to ‘Just’ Skipping School?

What is going on with kids?!  

A young girl just died from inhaling helium.  Helium!!  When I was young we would suck helium out of balloons to make our voices sound like ‘The Chipmunks’.  (I think, possibly, my daddy may have taught me that harmless trick.)  This young girl wasn’t using a balloon to get her helium.  She was using a helium tank!  Someone, it appears to be a mother, rented a helium tank for the party for the sole purpose of getting the children high.  

Huffing is another trend that is growing in popularity.  This can be done with hairspray, air freshener, cooking spray…any aerosol, really.  Huffing can give the children a feeling of euphoria, but can also be deadly.

Last week, on Dr Phil, there were teenagers talking about “Chex Mix Parties”.  Sounds harmless, right?  If, before watching that episode of Dr. Phil, my kids had asked to go to a “Chex Mix Party”, I would have probably approved.  I would have offered to send some M & Ms.  Little would I have known, in packing for the party, my children would have emptied my medicine cabinet of my prescription medication.  Each of the children would bring their family’s medication to the party to place in a bowl.  The medication would be mixed up, and the children would each take a few pills.  The children wouldn’t know what pills they were taking.  The mystery is the “fun”.

Another new trend is the “choking game”.  Children take turns choking each other with a rope or string, sometimes to the point of passing out, to get a rush.  This must seem a ‘safe alternative’ to children because they aren’t taking drugs or drinking alcohol.  

Sniffing and smoking bath salts is getting popular.  This, too, must seem “safer” to children because they can legally purchase bath salts.  Smoking Smarties is another new trend.  Again, this must seem “safer” because you can get Smarties at any grocery store or gas station.

Sexting is growing in popularity.  Because more and more teenagers have cell phones, this is becoming much more common.  Children send each other risque photo texts of themselves, not understanding that this is truly pornography and that their photos are not safe.  The photos are probably being shared and the children are being exploited.  

Rainbow parties, where girls put on different colored lipstick and give oral sex to boys, is another popular party game.  Children do not understand that they can get sexually transmitted diseases this way.  Children are also being taught that oral sex isn’t “really sex”.  Our children are selling themselves short…giving themselves away for free.

With all of the new dangerous trends, I wonder how I can comfortably let my children out of my house.  How much “checking” do I do?  Is it enough, when my children are invited to a party, to call the parents to be sure that they’ll be home?  Is it enough to drive my children to and from their activities?  I pray for their safety, and try to teach them right from wrong.  I beg the Lord to watch over them and surround them angels.  I can’t sit on them until they are grown, so I have to prepare them for the things of the world.  I have to teach them to live in the world, but not be of the world.  

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

Matthew 18:10 
Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.

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