When kids attend overnight events, certain risks are involved. Just because one of these events is hosted by a church or youth group, does not mean that temptations will not be present.
While these events may be exciting and fun for kids, parents should be wise and consider if these overnight events, ultimately, will be beneficial or destructive for their children.
What Risks Are Involved When Kids Attend Overnight Events
Over the past couple of years, hosting overnight events or lock-ins has become a common practice in youth groups throughout the country. I have to wonder if the people coordinating these overnight events—including pastors and parents—have put enough thought into the state of our culture today. Even while providing adult supervision, is it possible that letting kids come together all night for a large scale gathering—with mixed company, little sleep, and all that can be accessed on a personal smartphone—sets them up to fail?
Parents need to thoughtfully consider gatherings that encourage either sleep deprivation or a constant flow of caffeinated beverages. In addition, at a lock-in, young people might be spending the evening with complete strangers: peers that they have never met and that their parents know nothing about. I would encourage parents to ask themselves if the potential risks at these events are worth any of the benefits.
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