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Raising Your Kids In The Digital Age, with Matt McKee

Feb 23, 2024

In today's episode, host Adam Mitchell sits down with Matt McKee, VP at Bark and author of "Parenting in a Tech World," to dive deep into the challenges and opportunities of raising children in the digital age.

With a focus on purpose-driven technology use, child safety, and insightful parenting advice, you'll hear about the evolving landscape of online risks, the role of third-party monitoring services like Bark, and the impact of technology on mental health and relationships. From practical tips to thought-provoking discussions, this episode is a must-listen for every parent navigating a tech-driven world.

Stay tuned as we unpack the essential insights and guidance for fostering a healthy digital environment for our children. What you will learn in this episode?

  • Approaches to Monitoring Online Activities
  • Different parental attitudes toward monitoring children's online activities • Importance of establishing digital citizenship and an entrance/exit strategy for technology use
  • Focusing on the purpose of children using technology rather than the amount of time spent on it
  • Recommendation of services like Youth Digital to help kids learn coding through platforms like Minecraft • Advice for New Fathers
  • Bark: A Tool for Child Safety
  • Use of artificial intelligence to monitor children's activities on platforms like YouTube
  • Role of Bark as a third-party monitoring service and its focus on providing alerts and context around objectionable content to facilitate conversations
  • Broader range of risks online, such as mental health and cyberbullying, beyond just exposure to pornography
  • Preparing for Emerging Technological Landscape
  • Awareness and engagement with the metaverse
  • The Impact of Technology on Parenting: "The problem with technology today is parents don't know how to curate any type of environment."


Enjoyed the episode? Subscribe and share. Community available. Matt McKee (wasn't) just another guy trying to make a difference. Matt helped found three tech companies over the course of his career and invested in more than a dozen others.

He was passionate about the intersection of parenting and technology and considered it one of his specialties, having spoken at places like SXSW, CES, and the National PTA. Matt was the author of Parent Chat: The Technology Chat for Every Family and Parenting In A Tech World which enabled him to share what he learned about raising kids in the digital age. Sadly, Matt passed away in 2023. Our community lost one of the good men, truly doing God's work.

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