Author Archives: Jonathan McKee

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, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. 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.

Lil Dicky gets a lil raunchy (and how parents should respond)

I’m talking about the brand new racy music video from Lil Dicky, Freaky Friday, where Lil Dicky wakes up as Chris Brown and Chris Brown as Lil Dicky. The music video is creative, kids think it’s hilarious, and it’s full of sexual references and imagery. Continue Reading

Posted in Entertainment Media, Music, Parenting, Social Media, Youth Culture | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Do you want to screen my new book?

Many of you know I’ve been buried in bullying for the last few months, polling kids, listening to stories, dialoguing with counselors… all for my next book, The Bullying Breakthrough: Real Help for Parents and Teachers of the Bullied, Bystanders, and Bullies. Continue Reading

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

The hours leading up to Jesus’ death as told by two children

Okay… this is completely adorable. Here’s the story of Easter from the perspective of two small children. It’s the Gospel story in less than three minutes on YouTube! How’s that for being relevant to today’s generation of young people! Take … Continue Reading

Posted in Discussion Ideas | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Easter talks, ideas, movie clip discussions…

I was just clicking through our TheSource4YM.com movie clip discussions page and watched some amazing clips (from secular movies no doubt) with CLEAR Gospel presentations or scenes begging for discussion (I still can’t believe how clear Steven Spielberg’s film Amistad presented the Gospel!!) Continue Reading

Posted in Discussion Ideas | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Interviewed on Canadian TV

I love host Maggie Johns who opens the door immediately declaring, “Social media! You can’t hide it from your kids forever!” She thanks me for my new book, The Teen’s Guide to Social Media and Mobile Devices and informs me, “This is the book I’m going to give to my son Ethan on his 13th birthday!” Continue Reading

Posted in Entertainment Media, Internet, Parenting, Smartphones/Cell Phones, Social Media | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

What age should my kid be on social media?

in the early part of the article where I talk about “Delaying Social Media” I not only provide some brand new research about the undeniable connection from social media to the rise of depression in America, but I also provide some helpful questions you can ask your kids to engage them in meaningful conversation about this subject. Continue Reading

Posted in Entertainment Media, Internet, Parenting, Self Image, Smartphones/Cell Phones, Social Media | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Confessions of an Overweight Youth Pastor

“I was 100 pounds overweight,” he admitted. “It was effecting my ministry, my marriage… everything! So I finally decided to do something about it.” Overweight. It’s not a word we use much on Sunday mornings, but it’s all too common. … Continue Reading

Posted in Faith, Leadership, Youth Ministry Philosophy | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

7 Facts Undercover Adults Discovered about Teenagers Today

I love it when research discovers something we’ve been telling parents for years. And for the last few weeks A& E show Undercover High has been revealing an eye-opening peek to many parents about the reality of what’s truly going … Continue Reading

Posted in Bullying/Cyberbullying, Entertainment Media, Smartphones/Cell Phones, Social Media, TV, Youth Culture | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on 7 Facts Undercover Adults Discovered about Teenagers Today

Gunning Your Kids Down

How would you respond if you were walking through the grocery store and someone pulled your kids aside and told them, “F*ck with me and I’ll call up an Uzi and make that thing go grrra-ta-ta-ta …” Continue Reading

Posted in Entertainment Media, Jonathan's Rant, Music, Youth Culture | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

I regret not saying anything

When victims of bullying experience three additional risk factors, like fighting at school, being threatened or injured at school, and/or skipping school out of fear for their safety, they were far more likely to bring a weapon to school. Continue Reading

Posted in Bullying/Cyberbullying, Jonathan's Rant, Parenting | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments