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.

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Johnathan McKee, author and spokesperson. Courtesy Andy Lawrenson

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.

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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



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