Talking with teens AND parents about social media

How can we get teens AND parents to engage in conversation about the devices that are dominating most of their waking hours? (yeah… even parents)

I’ve been teaching parent workshops for about 15 years now, and speaking to teens about 20. But I’ve never done a workshop with them in the same room… until now! This is a subject that needs to be addressed to families, together… in the same room.

This fall when my new book (The Teens Guide to Social Media and Mobile Devices) hits the shelves I’ll be launching my “WISE POSTING IN AN INSECURE WORLD” family workshop. In this two hour workshop I’ll address Mom’s, Dads and kids about something we all struggle with– wisely navigating the digital world. Much like the book, I’ll be asking:

Ever regret something you’ve posted?

Honestly? How smart are you being when it comes to streaming, messaging, gaming, commenting. . .?

Let’s  talk about some of the things we aren’t talking about, like…

  • Know the app before you snap.
  • Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want Grandma, your boss, and Jesus seeing! (Jesus is on Insta, you know!)
  • Peek at your privacy settings. . .so you know who’s peeking at you.
  • Take more “selflessies.”
  • Press pause before you post.

I’m excited about engaging families in these kinds of healthy conversations about social media and entertainment media habits most of us are still figuring out.

If you think your church, school, or organization would like to bring this workshop to your city, contact Jonathan about this workshop HERE!

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, and You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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One Response to Talking with teens AND parents about social media

  1. Nena says:

    Thank you for coming up with the parent-teen workshop. In this world of dot.coms, I’d say it’s crazy. News reports of people involved in accidents due to phone use are startling. Statistics has it that 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving. I hate restaurants scenes too when families enter to eat and start looking at their phones the moment they sit. They need to update their status that they are eating in that resto, then take pictures to show who they are with, then of the food. No talking, what?! That’s one of the rules I set with my teens. No smartphones on the table whether at home or eating out.