In past shows President Jim Daly and Co-Host John Fuller have interviewed me about “Teens and Screens” or parenting…but this week they’re doing something a little different Continue reading “I’m On Your Radio Today and Tomorrow” »
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Instagram’s CEO Adam Mosseri made an announcement last week that was music to my ears, actually putting mental health above “LIKES.”
Instagram will test “hiding LIKES” in the US because of the pressure it puts on today’s young people.
“We will make decisions that hurt the business if they help people’s well-being and health,” said Mosseri.
Most of you saw my recent post, The Unforeseen Problem with Insta Followers: Why Pedophiles and Sex Traffickers Are Loving Social Media, an article unveiling two “unforeseen” dangers with social media, one of them being the negative effect that those little numbers at the top of the screen (Likes and Followers) are having on today’s young people Continue reading “Instagram takes HUGE stride towards mental health” »
Take Jonathan’s Quick 8-Question
TWEENS, TEENS & SCREENS QUIZ
Are tweens (8- to 12-year-olds) any different?
What entertainment activity do they enjoy the most?
Let’s test your knowledge!
After all, the newest numbers have just been tallied by Common Sense Media’s brand-new report tracking media use by tweens and teens…and this is the biggest and most widely cited report of its kind. For the last four years Continue reading “How well do you know young people’s media habits?” »
This morning I’m encouraging a group of young moms (at MOPS) to delay screen ownership and social media access with their kids…and the CDC just released an eye-opening report illustrating one of the compelling reasons why.
In the last two weeks I’ve spoken in 5 cities in 4 different states on the exact same subject…teens and screens. So let’s just say that this CDC report is very timely for me…as well as very distressing. The fact is, social media is Continue reading “CDC reveals a HUGE increase in teen/tween suicide since 2007” »
Last week my daughter sent me this video and simply said, “This is so cool.”
And I agree.
And apparently much of the country does… because the video has gone viral.
If you haven’t seen this yet…some very powerful words from Ellen. We need more of this.
Every once in a while a movie or TV show comes along that actually “gets” young people today or provides a glimpse at “how to reach them.”
Well, Netflix just released a series titled, Unbelievable, that literally took my breath away, on several levels.
First, I’m writing a book on social media right now and happen to be waist deep in research about predators (which sadly sometimes turns into sexual assault, rape, sex slavery, etc.). And this series is about rape victims.
Secondly, this series provides a picture-perfect example of how not to treat people who are victims of abuse, bullying, rape, etc. I mean perfectly! As in, I would actually make my youth ministry volunteers watch episode one and then episode two of this series, and then we’d all meet together and compare the two polar opposite ways we could treat those who are abused, assaulted, etc. and discuss what this looks like in the youth ministry world. Continue reading “A Netflix Show Youth Workers and Parents Might Want to Watch” »
I touch on all four in this 11 minute interview.
Here’s a peek…
If you are looking for a tool to help a young man fight these battles… this book might be exactly what you’re looking for: The Guy’s Guide to Four Battles Every Young Man Must Face.
In 1984 Madonna shocked the world at the first MTV Video Music Awards, rolling around on the stage in a wedding dress provocatively singing, Like a Virgin. Before you knew it, Gen X teens everywhere (now 50-year-old moms) were wearing lace gloves, 20 bracelets, a rosary, and if Mom and Dad weren’t looking—lingerie on the outside of their clothes. Madonna was an influencer (great documentary on how video killed the radio star- Episode 7 of this Netflix series).
But how much influence did a celebrity have at that time?
Kids could play Continue reading “Who do your kids follow?” »
What’s it about?
Sure. Why not?
I guess that’s a good question. “Why not?”
Helping our kids learn to make good entertainment decisions isn’t easy (just like helping our kids escape porn isn’t easy). And with all the easy access to raunchy entertainment today, parenting has become a little more complex.
Some might call it unrealistic to wish that superheroes were always good guys. Today’s demand for authentic entertainment calls for more “real” or “gritty” characters… i.e. superheroes who are rapists, peeping toms, liars, murderers, hypocrites, drug addicts…and that’s exactly what you get with almost every hero in The Boys. Because that’s “real”, right?
Let’s just say that The Boys, based off the graphic novel/comic book series of the same name, provides Continue reading “Not so “super” heroes” »
I had heard numerous stories about Oakland fans, but this was my first opportunity to experience them firsthand.
Here’s my top list of what I observed:
10. Antonio Brown is not a popular fellow in Oakland
9. People on parole certainly do enjoy football
8. More Raiders players prayed at the beginning of the game than Broncos players.
7. A person can get high on second-hand smoke (and I hope I don’t need a drug test anytime soon)