Mar 28, 2018

2018 Kids' Choice Awards Gives Great Insight Into Current Kid Culture (the complete list)

The annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards show was held just a few days ago.  The show honors the year's biggest television, movie, YouTube and music acts.  Winners are chosen by kids who watch the Nickelodeon networks.

Since the winners are chosen by kids, the show gives great insight into current kid culture.

Let's take a look at the 2018 winners and what we can learn from them.

Favorite Movie: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

  • Kids love adventure.
  • Kids love the excitement of the unknown.
  • Kids love challenges.
Favorite Movie Actor: Dwayne Johnson (Dr. Smolder Bravestone, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle)
  • Kids admire people who lead them on an adventure.
  • Kids admire people that have a strong purpose and are determined.
  • Kids admire people that will push them outside their comfort zone.
Favorite Movie Actress: Zendaya (Anne Wheeler, The Greatest Showman & Michelle “MJ” Jones, Spider-Man: Homecoming)
  • Kids admire people who overcome discrimination (Zendaya).
  • Kids identify with the story of an introvert who overcomes not feeling truly accepted and goes on to do great things (Zendaya).
  • Many kids identify with a loner who has few, if any friends and long to be known and loved by others (MJ).
Favorite Animated Movie: Coco
  • Family bonds and ties are important to kids.
  • Kids identify with Miguel, a young boy who pursues his passion in spite of his family being apprehensive about it.
  • Kids love pets.
Favorite Music Group: Fifth Harmony
  • Fifth Harmony is an American girl group based in Miami, composed of Ally Brooke, Normani, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui.
  • Their music style is pop and R&B.
Favorite Male Artist: Shawn Mendes
  • Shawn is a Canadian singer and songwriter.  He first attracted a following in 2013, when he began posting song covers on the video-sharing application Vine.
  • His music style is pop, folk pop and pop rock.
Favorite Female Artist: Demi Lovato
  • Demi is a singer, songwriter, actress, author and philanthropist.  Her career started young when she was on the children's television show "Barney and Friends."
  • Her struggles with bipolar disorder, addiction, an eating disorder, and self-harm received significant media attention in the 2010s, in response to which she released the book Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year (2013) and a YouTube documentary about her life and career, Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated (2017).
  • Her music style is pop, pop rock and R&B.
Favorite Song: "Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran
  • The melody in this song uses a pentatonic scale, which is one of the most used scales in the history of music.  It is a simple scale made of five notes and can be found in songs like Amazing Grade and My Girl.
  • The song is about physical love and relationships from a secular viewpoint.
Favorite Breakout Artist: Camila Cabello 
  • Camila is a Cuban-American singer and songwriter. She rose to fame as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony, which was formed during the second season of The X Factor US in 2012.  She went on to pursue a solo career and in 2018, her single "Havana" reached number one on the charts.
  • Her music style is pop and R&B.
Favorite Global Music Star: ASIA: BTS
  • BTS (Bangtan Boys), is a seven-member South Korean boy band.  
  • Their music style is K-pop, hip hop, R&B and EDM.
Television Show: Stranger Things
  • Kids love mystery. 
  • Kids love secret experiments.
  • Kids love supernatural forces at work.
Favorite Cartoon: SpongeBob SquarePants
  • SpongeBob is optimistic.
  • SpongeBob is brave.
  • SpongeBob keeps kids' attention by mixing it up with various plots.
Favorite TV Actor: Henry Hart from Henry Danger (Jace Norman)
  • Kids want to be a superhero and identify with him.
  • Kids love gadgets that enable them to do extraordinary things.
  • Kids want to make a difference and Henry helps save people's lives.
Favorite TV Actress: Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven, Stranger Things)
  • Just like Henry Hart, she has superpowers.  Kids want to be powerful and are drawn to superheroes.
Favorite Funny YouTube Creator: Liza Koshy
  • Kids love humor and Liza delivers with ridiculous jokes, facial expressions and comments.
Favorite Musical YouTube Creator: JoJo Siwa
  • JoJo appeals to pre-teen girls. She documents routine, age-appropriate behaviors and activities such as being nice and doing chores. 
  • Kids are drawn to her willingness to be unique. 
  • Kids are drawn to her creativity as she makes dresses out of garbage bags and creates her own line of accessories including hair-bows.
  • She also speaks out against bullying.
Favorite Instagram Pet: Jiffpom
  • Kids love animals. 
  • Kids love pets.
Favorite Dance Trend: Backpack Kid
  • Backpack Kid is Russell Horning.  He does funny dance moves that kids like. 
  • He doesn't claim to be a great dancer and looks like an "average kid."  This gives kids hope that the average kid can achieve great things if they go for it.
Favorite Video Game: Just Dance 2018
  • Kids love to move. 
  • Kids love to show off their skills.
Here are some tips for translating this insight into your ministry and using it to connect with and engage kids in your lessons, events, programs, etc.
Take your kids on the "adventures" found in the Bible.

Bring mystery and the expectation of the unknown into your lessons.

Turn your teachers into fun characters who take kids on Bible Adventures.

Show kids people in the Bible who overcame great difficulties and obstacles.

Bring the entire family together for events and programs.

Use crazy experiments in your lessons.

Show kids the supernatural forces in the Bible that battle each day.

Show kids how they can be superheroes for God and do great things through His power.

Give kids the opportunity to make a difference and show them the impact they can make.

Keep kids interested by mixing things up and consistently bringing in new elements.

Use fun, crazy over-the-top characters in skits, videos, etc.

Give kids opportunities to be creative with crafts, art projects, etc. 

Use humor...lots of humor in your services.
  
Use animals in your lessons.  Here is an "Amazing Animals" series that we created that kids love.  Filmed with legendary animal expert, Jack Hanna, it uses animal examples to teach kids key Bible truths.  Below is a video sample from the series.  Click here for more info.  The series is available as an instant download.

Give kids opportunities to be creative with crafts, art projects, etc.

Let kids move, move, move when they worship.

Use music genres that today's kids connect with. 

Here's one last tip - Kids obviously love awards shows.  That's why we created a lesson series called "The iCan Awards." 

The series takes kids to a Nickelodeon style awards show where they meet four kids in the Bible who made a major impact for God.  From these kids in the Bible, they discover that God can use them to impact eternity as well.  Clear steps are given so kids can know how to be used by God now and when they grow up.
  • Lesson 1 - The Courageous Kid Award (David)
  • Lesson 2 - All Ears Award (Samuel)
  • Lesson 3 - Helping Hand Award (Little Maid of Israel)
  • Lesson 4 - Big Giver Award (Boy with Lunch)
Below is a sample video from the series.  You can get more info. at this link.  The series is available as an instant download.
Bring these elements into your ministry and you'll have kids cheering!

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