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” »