Parenting Generation Screen: Parenting in the age of social media
Published 10:14 am Saturday, January 11, 2020
On Sunday, Jan. 12, national author and spokesperson Johnathan McKee will be hosting a presentation on how to talk to the “over-connected” generation of young people. This “Parenting Generation Screen” presentation will take place at Nags Head Church, 105 W. Soundside Rd. in Nags Head from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $10 per couple.
McKee is the author of over twenty books, including his newest releases: “The Guy’s Guide to Four Battles Every Young Man Must Face,” “The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices” and “If I Had a Parenting Do Over.” He has spent years working as a youth minister and traveling the country to teach parents how to reconnect with their children and face social media challenges head-on.
Andy Lawrenson, mobilization pastor at Nags Head Church, said he has struggled communicating with his children about social media. “It’s a whole different ball game now for parents,” he said. Lawrenson felt as though he had learned how to be a parent from his parents. However, things are changing; his parents never had to deal with the effects of screen time.
Lawrenson, like many other families, has had to learn how to converse with and teach children about the negative effects of too much screen time and an over-connection to the worldwide web. “We have to have discussions all the time about being online,” he commented.
Lawrenson described McKee’s suggestions and presentation as a “balanced approach” to addressing social media concerns with children. “We [as parents] think our case is unique,” Lawrenson said “but with recent events in our community, that’s not the case.”
To register for this presentation and learn more, visit www.nagsheadchurch.com.