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Sexual Orientation and Suicide Attempts

Posted on: 02/18/20 3:11 PM | by Jonathan McKee

Many of you saw headlines about the number of young people identifying as LGBTQ doubling in the last decade and attempted suicide rates four times higher than their heterosexual peers. This week I’ll be unpacking those numbers, but more importantly… how we should respond.

The American Academy of Pediatrics just posted a brand new study looking at the disparities among US adolescents from 2009 to 2017 (which are the newest numbers they have from the CDC Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance data, something I’ve written to you about before). The bottom line:

Do you want a sneak peek at my next book?

Posted on: 02/3/20 3:00 AM | by Jonathan McKee

I’m looking for some people to give me feedback
about my book BEFORE it’s published

My 24-year-old daughter Alyssa and I are finishing up our last few chapters in my next book—and yes, this one I’m co-writing with her! She is bringing such an amazing perspective, I think people are really going to enjoy her vulnerability about the effect social media has had on her life.

The book is to teenagers about “face-to-face connections in a screen-to-screen world.” Alyssa and I share 40 tips to meaningful communication…that we wish we knew 5 years ago.

Would you like to read it next week? Because I’m looking for feedback… and you’ll have 10 days to peek at it.

Here’s the deal: If you’d like to read this book before anyone else does Continue reading “Do you want a sneak peek at my next book?” »

Teaching kids to think about their media decisions

Posted on: 01/27/20 1:16 PM | by Jonathan McKee

I just posted Episode 19 of our fun little “Parent Tips” podcast… and you won’t want to miss this one.

I recorded this episode at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs a couple weeks ago when I was with the Plugged In team recording some episodes of their “Plugged In Show” (another podcast show I’m a part of… I’ll probably post more about this very soon). And honestly, I’ve been enjoying their perspective so much that I decided to interview them and ask them some direct questions like:

Plugged In used to be a place where parents almost looked for a simple YES or NO whether or not to watch a movie or TV show Continue reading “Teaching kids to think about their media decisions” »

Does New Research Really Reveal Social Media Isn’t Harmful?

Posted on: 01/23/20 12:37 PM | by Jonathan McKee

A few days ago the New York Times released an article titled, Panicking about Your Kids’ Phones? New Research Says Don’t. The subtitle reads, “A growing number of academics are challenging assumptions about the negative effects of social media and smartphones on children.”

So does this article hold water?

I mean, “panicking” definitely doesn’t sound like the answer, but is it true that this new research is revealing social media might not have so many negative effects? What about all the solid research that too much time screen time and social media is linked to Continue reading “Does New Research Really Reveal Social Media Isn’t Harmful?” »

Getting Tired of Social Media

Posted on: 01/14/20 9:46 PM | by Jonathan McKee

Hailey Bieber calls Instagram a breeding ground for cruelty.

Lizzo quits twitter because of all the haters.

Kendall Jenner detoxes from Insta for a week.

And they’re not alone.

Is social media really all it’s cracked up to be?

Instagram, Twitter… is SUCH a breeding ground for cruelty towards each other, and because people don’t take the time to connect with each other on an honest level before they resort to hatred, it starts to damage what could be really beautiful human interaction and connection. – Hailey Bieber

Today I spent the day with Focus on the Family recording shows with the Plugged-In team and dialoguing with them about the effects of Continue reading “Getting Tired of Social Media” »

Speaking in a City Near You

Posted on: 01/6/20 9:00 AM | by Jonathan McKee

2020 is here and it’s almost time to start frequenting airports again. Here’s my upcoming schedule for the next couple months—maybe I’m speaking near you! (and if not, feel free to reach out to me about speaking in your city)

UPCOMING SPEAKING

January 12, 2020, Nags Head, NC
Preaching, Parenting Workshop, Nags Head Church

January 17-18, 2020, Harrisburg, PA
Leadership Training, Royal Rangers Leaders Conference Continue reading “Speaking in a City Near You” »

My 7 Atypical 2020 Resolutions

Posted on: 01/1/20 2:21 PM | by Jonathan McKee

It’s 2020, and as I look forward to this year I’m hoping to see clearly (dare I say, I’d like to see 20/20?)

Here are 7 habits I’m going to work on this year…most of them ones you won’t typically see on other people’s lists of New Year’s resolutions:

1. Back into all parking spaces:
I’ve dabbled with this in the past, but have been hesitant because it always irritates people in other vehicles. I’ve had people flip me off, mouth recognizable insults, and the most common retaliation Continue reading “My 7 Atypical 2020 Resolutions” »

You don’t have to give me a gift this year

Posted on: 12/19/19 12:00 PM | by Jonathan McKee

Guys! I writing to you to try to save you!

If your wife, girlfriend, female friend…anyone with estrogen running through their body…says to you, “Oh, don’t worry. You don’t have to get me a gift this year.”

Cue Admiral Akbar:

“It’s a trap!”

Don’t do it. You still need to Continue reading “You don’t have to give me a gift this year” »

Our Top Kid-friendly Video Games of 2019

Posted on: 12/12/19 10:30 AM | by Jonathan McKee

Great guest post by our TheSource4Parents.com video game reviewer, Naomi Norbez!

2019 has been quite a year, especially for video games.  From new indie titles to massive triple-A series, it’s been a blast looking at all the latest releases.

But of all those games, which ones are the best for your kids?  Here’s a list of the top games I recommend, out of all the ones I looked at in 2019.  These are the ones your young one can play, with no worries for you as a parent Continue reading “Our Top Kid-friendly Video Games of 2019” »

A fun new podcast

Posted on: 12/3/19 3:31 PM | by Jonathan McKee

Disney Princesses, Hallmark films, giving your kids screens…. these are all topics we’re talking about in a new podcast I’m a part of.

The podcast is called The Plugged In Show, and Focus’ Plugged In team of writers has invited me to join in with them to discuss movies, music, TV and the entertainment young people love.

Being completely honest… I love these guys! (And I used the term “guys” loosely, because one of them is a girl!) They are really fun. Most of them are movie buffs like me, so we really have a fun time getting together and talking about movies, music, Netflix… Continue reading “A fun new podcast” »