Time for a Media Diet?


After a season filled with record-setting cell phone and gaming gifts to preteens, iShine is announcing the release of the Family Media Diet Calculator. The calculator is a new tool providing customized awareness to families in regards to how much time they spend connected to media in comparison to the amount of hours they spend plugged in with real life interaction and content consumption.

By visiting http://www.familymediadiet.com, parents nationwide will be able to plug in amounts of time their families spend texting, browsing online, consuming television, and more. They will then be able to print a free custom analysis of where their families are spending their time in comparison to their involvement in recreational and faith-based activities along with family time and reading. The campaign is not an anti-technology movement. It is about use awareness and being intentional about the content.  
MediaDiet2.jpg“We as parents must be deliberate of what media our kids consume, understanding that it is forming the way our kids look at everything – self image, friends, parents, leaders, themselves,” remarks iShine founder and Chief Creative Officer Robert Beeson. “If we as parents aren’t actively forming the person our kid’s are becoming – make no mistake – someone else is.”
iShine, known for bringing family-friendly media options through tours, music, television and radio mediums, is sponsoring the free Media Diet Calculator.


Robert Beeson, iShine, and Bible Express

If you read our July 2010 feature on single-dad Robert Beeson and your preteen is a fan of iShine, be sure not to miss the September 2010 issue of Bible Express!


Bible Express is a devotional magazine for preteens! In the September issue, Bible Express is featuring two bands from iShine Live tour — The Rubyz and Mission Six. If your preteen is a fan of these bands, you definitely won’t want to miss it! 


Also coming in September … Bible Express is becoming two magazines in one. Each issue will be a flipbook design where one side is specifically for boys and the other side is specifically for girls. Cover, articles, and devotions will be gender specific and relevant for today’s preteens! It will be awesome!

Does your church recieve Bible Express? Does your preteen use it? Tell us what you love about it … and your thoughts on the new format!


April Events & Happenings

 Check out these exciting events taking place during April!


evI_You_and_Your_Girl_2010_570x200.jpgYou and Your Girl with Vicki Courtney

Saturday, April 17
First Baptist Church in Carrollton, Texas


evI_Living_Proof_Live_2010_570x200.jpgLiving Proof Live with Beth Moore

Friday, April 16-Saturday, April 17
Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, FL


Awake & Alive Tour

SkilletTour.pngNot only are John and Korey Cooper of the band Skillet on the cover of this month’s ParentLife. They are also going on tour this month. The “Awake & Alive Tour” begins April 15th at Scranton, Pennsylvania’s Scranton Cultural Center and then continues through late May. For more more information about the tour as well as concert dates and ticket information, visit www.skillet.com


One Life Tour

You may remember Jason Barton, frontman of the band 33Miles, from our October 2009 issue. Right now, 33Miles is in the middle of its “One Life Tour.” The tour begin in mid-March, but there is still time to catch a show near you. The tour is partnering with Food For The Hungry to seek aid for earthquake-affected children in Haiti. Concert attendees will have the opportunity to sponsor one of the thousands of children affected by the January 12 disaster. For tickets and information, visit www.33milesonline/tour.


iShine Live!

iShineLogo.jpgiShine LIVE!, a unique faith-based concert tour designed specifically for the preteen (ages 8 to 14) market, will head back out on the road this spring, hitting more than 20 cities nationwide. iShine LIVE! is a power-packed, high-energy two-hour event that brings together live music performances, a speaker, DJ, dancing, and more! This spring tour will feature performances from Paige Armstrong, The Rubyz, Mission Six, Jamie Grace, and more. Visit www.iShineLive.com for concert dates and locations. And don’t miss our feature on single-dad Robert Beeson, founder of iShine Live, coming up in the July 2010 issue of ParentLife.

Know of any other great events in April? Leave a comment and let us know!