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 If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; Sex Matters; The Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket; and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers; Connect; and the 10-Minute Talks series. 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.

Police Detective Interviews Me About Teen’s Most Pressing Risks

It happens all the time. Boy asks girl to send a sexy pic. Girl sends pic. Girl and boy break up. Next thing you know, boy sends pic to the whole school with the caption, “What a whore!” Girl is devastated. Every high school has at least one story like this. Continue Reading

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STDs at an all time high… again

The timing is uncanny. Last Tuesday the CDC announced “the highest number of these sexually transmitted diseases ever reported,” literally 9 days after the Washington Post featured a story reprinted by newspapers globally about how teenagers weren’t drinking or driving or having sex, rather, they were… and I quote… “sticking to G-rated activities such as rock climbing or talking about books.” Continue Reading

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New sexually explicit cartoon on Netflix

This YouTube trailer is very sexually explicit and contains foul language… and yeah… it’s available on your kid’s phone. Continue Reading

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Is Snapchat and Snapmaps safe?

Thousands upon thousands of kids have snapped something irresponsibly only to discover later that someone screenshotted it or that some tech nerd actually tapped into the device’s cache to access the pics. That’s probably why the FTC actually charged Snapchat for deceiving its users. Bottom line: the pics you Snap aren’t quite as temporary as kids presume. Continue Reading

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Coming to a city near you

THIS WEEKEND- Sept 23, 24, New Hope Assembly Church, Rogers, AR
Parenting workshop, preaching in morning services
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The words I’ve been waiting for…

“McKee’s best yet. This book will most definitely be the new ‘phone contract’ today’s parents use to engage their kids in meaningful conversation about their use of technology. Required reading for any teenager.” Continue Reading

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Stalking Your Daughter

I was able to pinpoint this spot on a map—a place she returned to multiple times. That’s why I urge teenagers to think twice before posting artsy pics of their favorite mug at the Starbucks near their house before walking to their car alone at night. Continue Reading

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Is Abstinence-Only Education Really Ineffective?

So let me ask a simple question: How many sex educators and condom advocators are letting kids know this? Continue Reading

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Does Sexy Music Really Affect Me?

In 2015 researchers from the University of Central Florida tackled a project examining the relationship between sexual content in music lyrics and music videos, and the sexual behaviors of young people. They discovered: “Exposure to music containing sexual content is associated with engagement in risky sexual behaviors.” Continue Reading

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Back to School Conversations

If you want to see the kids’ perspective on what this parental “checking in” feels like, just watch the first few episodes of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. The parents weren’t bad, but they weren’t asking the right questions. So what are the right questions? Continue Reading

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