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Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee has authored more than two dozen books including Parenting Generation Screen and The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices. He has 30 years of youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide. As a member of Focus on the Family’s Plugged In team, Jonathan is regularly featured on The Plugged In Show and our Plugged In Entertainment Reviews. He and his wife, Lori, have three children and reside in Northern California. You can find helpful articles and videos of Jonathan on his website, becomingscreenwise.com.

Do Your Kids Have Healthy Phone Habits?

Our kids’ mental health has nearly been narrowed down to two words: Likes and Followers. Learn how to approach habits for your kids and phones.

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Understanding Your Teen’s Digital World

Plugged In media analyst Jonathan McKee provides research-based insights on the impact of the digital world on children and offers parents guidance for setting safe, healthy boundaries for their kids’ screen time.

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Championing Your Son Through His Battles

Jonathan McKee offers advice to parents on how they can help their teen sons win the four common battles every young man faces – self-image, screens, sexual temptation, and substance abuse.

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Helping Your Teens Put Down Their Screens

Jonathan McKee and his daughter Alyssa offer parents practical guidance for establishing meaningful communication and connection with their teen children who are caught up in a digital world.

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Balancing Bonding and Boundaries as a Parent

Jonathan McKee offers parents practical advice and encouragement in a discussion based on his book If I Had a Parenting Do Over: 7 Vital Changes I’d Make.

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When Boundaries Hinder Bonding

Rules are important, but connecting with your teen is essential.

Navigating Screen Time During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Navigating Screen Time During the Coronavirus Outbreak

With schools closed during the coronavirus pandemic, children are required to spend more time staring at a digital screen as they do e-learning from home. Author Jonathan McKee offers parents practical guidance for navigating this stressful period and helping their kids strike a healthy balance between online and offline activities.

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Phubbing, Social Media and Your Marriage

The average adult in the U.S. spends 11 hours and 27 minutes per day interacting with media. There’s not a lot of time left for face-to-face interaction.

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Guiding Your Child’s Media Choices (Part 2 of 2)

In this very practical workshop, Jonathan McKee educates parents on apps like Instagram and Snapchat, provides insight into music lyrics and streaming services, and encourages parents to be more involved in the media choices their children make. (Part 2 of 2)

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Guiding Your Child’s Media Choices (Part 1 of 2)

In this very practical workshop, Jonathan McKee educates parents on apps like Instagram and Snapchat, provides insight into music lyrics and streaming services, and encourages parents to be more involved in the media choices their children make. (Part 1 of 2)

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When Helping Our Kids Doesn’t Help

Sometimes letting kids make mistakes can be the best help a parent can give.

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Combating Bullies in Your Child’s Life, Part 2

Are you worried about how your children will react to witnessing or experiencing bullying? John and Danny give advice for helping your kids know what to do. Featuring Jonathan McKee. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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How to Help Your Kids Dodge Digital Distractions

Find four ways to connect with your tweens in the midst of 24/7 video game/social media accessibility.

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Combating Bullies in Your Child’s Life, Part 1

Are you worried about how your children will react to witnessing or experiencing bullying? John and Danny give advice for helping your kids know what to do. Featuring Jonathan McKee. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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Cultivating Wise Tech Habits in Your Teen

Jonathan McKee offers insight and practical suggestions to parents seeking to guide their teens toward smart management of their digital world in a discussion based on his book The Teen’s Guide to Social Media and Mobile Devices: 21 Tips to Wise Posting in an Insecure World.

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Combating Bullies in Your Child’s Life (Part 2 of 2)

Jonathan McKee reflects on the bullying he endured as a child and the valuable lessons he’s learned from his experiences in a discussion based on his book The Bullying Breakthrough: Real Help for Parents and Teachers of the Bullied, Bystanders, and Bullies. (Part 2 of 2)

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Combating Bullies in Your Child’s Life (Part 1 of 2)

Jonathan McKee reflects on the bullying he endured as a child and the valuable lessons he’s learned from his experiences in a discussion based on his book The Bullying Breakthrough: Real Help for Parents and Teachers of the Bullied, Bystanders, and Bullies. (Part 1 of 2)

How to Respond When Your Kids Are Bullied

Parents can help their kids break out of the bullying cycle.

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Four Conversations Parents Should Have With Their Kids About Digital Devices

Do you know who your children are interacting with online? Kids won’t learn digital responsibility if we don’t teach them.

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Connecting With Your Tech-Absorbed Kid

Youth ministry expert and author Jonathan McKee offers parents practical advice and encouragement in a discussion based on his book 52 Ways to Connect With Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid.

A Teen Battle Worth Ignoring

Don’t get sucked into teen drama . . . by letting go of the battles that aren’t life-changing.

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Newest Release - Episode 5: It’s Going to be Amazing!

After a couple has chosen life, hear the heartwarming stories of children that culture would have cast aside, yet are making tremendous impacts in their communities. Whether the diagnosis was adverse or the circumstances were difficult, these stories will inspire you to come along side of families who have chosen life!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 4: Sometimes the Choice is Hard

Hear real life stories of parents who have made the decision to choose life even though the circumstances were overwhelming. You’ll see why “ALL” life is precious to God and why choosing life is always the right decision!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

So, after all you’ve seen through the SeeLife ‘21 Episodic journey; what can you do now? We’ll share how you can partner with some amazing organizations that are making significant impacts in the pro-life movement! You want to Celebrate Life!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 3: The Power of a Picture

Have you ever wondered what a baby looked like in the womb? With today’s technology, Moms and Dads can see the baby’s heartbeat, facial expressions, and movements! You’ll find out why more women choose life once they hear their baby’s heartbeat and realize it’s a real living human!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 2: Heroes Providing Hope

Discover the amazing work our PRC’s Directors, Nurses, and Volunteers are making in their communities! You’ll see firsthand testimonies of a PRC in action, and that there are other options outside of abortions! You’ll also discover how your family can support your local PRC!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

In this episode, we will tackle tough questions like, “When does life begin?” and “What does the Bible
say about Life?” You’ll discover and understand the stages of pre-born life and that babies are more than
just a clump of cells!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!