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Protecting Young Eyes by (Bark)ing at the Dangers with Chris McKenna and Titania Jordan

Titania Jordan and Chris McKenna

“What if we cared as much about the safety of our young people in digital spaces as much as we did in physical spaces.” – Chris McKenna. The internet world in relatively new realm in which prying eyes can weave their way into our children’s lives even more so than in the physical world. We care so much about who our children hang out with, where they’re at on the playground, what time they say they’ll be home. Yet, when it comes to technology, there are very little rules put into place that will protect them from online predators who have nothing but evil intentions.

Chris McKenna, former middle school youth pastor turned business owner, noticed this trend of outdated internet laws for protecting kids and decided to take matters into his own hands. He started the company, Protect Young Eyes, as an online program where parents could ask questions about technology and Chris would educate them on the dangers of the internet. Protect Young Eyes came up with an app as a “pandemic proof” way of presenting this information virtually instead of holding live presentations.

Titania Jordan is the Chief Parenting Officer for a tech company called Bark, which is a company that alerts parents when there are signs of any malicious content on a child’s phone or device. The app protects against cyberbullying, thoughts of suicide, sexual content, potential drug use, online predation, and more. Bark does this by using artificial intelligence and machine learning to alert you of an issue instead of mirroring everything on your child’s phone.

 

 

What You’ll Learn: 

Protecting Young Eyes

[7:50]

Chris talks about his company Protecting Young Eyes and how the laws that are meant to protect young children from malicious content on the internet are older than social media platforms themselves.

[14:24]

Titania talks about Bark and how it screens out any malicious content from your child’s phone without mirroring every single thing your child is doing order to protect their privacy.

[19:44]

Chris recalls a movie that came out in 2020 called Childhood 2.0 in which kids share about their everyday experiences with cyberbullying, nudes, pressure, anxiety, pornography, etc. Chris says to use this movie as a conversation piece for your children so they can understand the dangers of technology from a child’s point of view.

[26:38]

Social media is not a surrogate for relationships. Chris recalls in the Childhood 2.0 a testimony from parents who lost their son to suicide. They later found on his phone the thoughts and emotions he was going through, yet their son didn’t tell them.

[32:42]

Titania recalls a 9.5 minute video put out by Bark where the company went undercover as multiple personas. One of the personas was an 11 year old girl and adult men began to contact this persona within 90 seconds of posting the profile. These men wanted to meet up with her, solicit photos, and live chat with her.

[34:32]

Bark’s alerts around online predation went up 23% during the pandemic.

Protecting Young Eyes for the Future

[48:34]

Chris talks about protecting young eyes for the future and how the term “parental controls” and how it puts parents in a controlling position. Parental controls are put in place to protect, not control. Be honest with your kids about the dangers of technology so that your kids trust you more.

[52:08]

Too many parents want to control their kids into digital submission.

[53:10]

Tech is a we activity not a me activity.

[56:44]

Titania encourages listeners to watch the movie Childhood 2.0 on Amazon Prime.

RELATED EPISODES:

How to Protect Your Daughter Physically, Mentally, and Emotionally with Warren Petersen

How to Protect Your Kids: Online Predators, Cyberbullying, and Sexual Content with Titania Jordan

The Truth About Your Kids and Technology: Exclusive Dad Edge Alliance Q&A with Cal Newport

 


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How Self-Sacrifice is Hurting You and Others with Cody Jefferson

How Self-Sacrifice is Hurting You and Others with Cody Jefferson


So many men are unhappy, exhausted, and overwhelmed, even when they have a life that would be considered perfect. Why is that?

Today we have mega guest Cody Jefferson on The Dad Edge. Cody is the founder and CEO of Embrace The Lion, and the creator of LION Method, the #1 Group Coaching Program for High-Achieving Men looking to adopt the right support, belief, habits and community to create success in their lives and businesses.

Cody tells us what happens when we are addicted to accomplishment and validation. He teaches us how to get honest with ourselves and step into the reality that is right for us. Most importantly, he tells us how stop sacrificing ourselves on the altar of success and find true fulfillment with our families.

Get ready to embrace the lion within!

“You can only be lead so far as your own awareness.”—Cody Jefferson

Cody Jefferson

Recognized as one of the country’s leading personal and professional coaches for men by Entrepreneur, USA Today and The Today Show, Cody has been walking alongside thousands of entrepreneurs, leaders and professionals on the subjects of personal ownership and development, communication, leadership, and marketing/branding for nearly 2 decades.

He is a nationally-recognized keynote speaker for conferences, colleges, corporations and churches across the country.

He resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma with his wife, 3 kids, 5 french bulldogs and 2 Harleys.

What You’ll Learn

• Cody used to be a “yes man,” and this created a dark dissonance within him
• Men of faith are not immune to the pressure. Cody lost 6 friends in ministry to suicide.
• Many men experience an extreme feeling of lacking something and not being good enough.
• We pile on stuff to compensate for our perceived shortcomings.
• Cody talks about his reliance on alcohol and why he stopped drinking.
• Alcohol is not a problem, but a symptom of the issues you’re not dealing with.
• Cody’s dark times of divorce and the sequential traumatic deaths of family and friends
• Cody’s addiction to outside validation destroyed his health.
• There was a gap in who he felt he was and who he said he was.
• Being all things to all people, you focus on others’ problems instead of your own.
• Prayer is not mental health treatment.
• How to find fulfillment outside of accomplishment.
• 3 Steps to Confronting Your Life
• Realize that you’re not alone. Many men experience this.
• get honest with yourself. Sit down and write your experience.
• Find someone you can be accountable to, who will give you truth to help you step into the reality that is really for you.
• This journey is simple but not easy.
• Cody continues to keep therapists and coaches in his life.
• We must seek out the frameworks to dealing with our problems instead of avoiding them.
• Be held accountable to who you say you want to be. Is the group of friends you have now going to get you to where you want to be?
• Be intentional about the information you consume.

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Becoming a Dangerous Man with Tripp Lanier

Why do so many of us lose our excitement for life?

When did we forget how to have fun?

How do we figure out how to feel powerful and free again?

Today we talk about becoming a dangerous man.

Tripp Lanier is the host of The New Man Podcast and the author of This Book Will Make You Dangerous.

He reveals why many husbands and fathers feel trapped, bored, drained, and overwhelmed.

He talks about how playing it safe is ruining our lives and why he throws most self-help books in the trash.

Tripp also shows us how we can use chaos, uncertainty, and even death to lead us to our true desires.

This show is for the men who refuse to settle. Are you ready to become dangerous?

 

Tripp Lanier

Tripp Lanier is a professional coach and host of The New Man Podcast: Beyond the Macho Jerk and the New Age Wimp which — for over a decade — has been downloaded millions of times.

Since 2005, he has spent thousands of hours coaching people all around the world to get out of the rat race, become an authority in their field, and make a great living doing the work they were put on this earth to do. Over the years he’s designed several businesses to support a simple lifestyle focused on freedom, ease, meaning, and fun.

Tripp is married to therapist/relationship coach Alyson Lanier and has the best daughter in the whole wide world. They live in a small beach town in North Carolina where he spends much of his time surfing, playing music, and enjoying a simple life.

This Book Will Make You Dangerous: The Irreverent Guide For Men Who Refuse to Settle

Most Men Will Allow Fear to Get the Best of Them.

This Book is Not for Most Men.

We live in a world with more possibilities than ever before. So why do most men settle for lackluster, cookie-cutter lives that leave them feeling stuck, drained, and uninspired?

This Book Will Make You Dangerous is a guide for the rare, few men who refuse to sleepwalk through life.

Inside you’ll learn how to:

  • Challenge your fears so that you don’t become another guy who gave up on his potential
  • Align your life with meaning so that you can create success on your own terms
  • Find clarity and direction so that you don’t waste your days stuck in a rut

Distilled from thousands of hours spent coaching forward-thinking-men all around the world, this book will teach you how to galvanize your mindset and see opportunities instead of walls.

While others blindly follow the herd, you’ll learn how to tap into your own unique sense of leadership and overcome your biggest challenges in every area of life — including your work, your relationships, and your health.

If you’re tired of the rat race…

If you’re wary of bullsh*t artists trying to sell you “happily ever after”…

If you want to make sure you don’t become another grumpy, soft guy who forgot how to have fun…

Then this book will, indeed, make you dangerous.

What You’ll Learn

  • What does it mean to be dangerous?
  • What do you want to create in life? And are you waiting for permission?
  • Men live in a box without asking themselves what they really want.
  • There is a wound behind all successful men.
  • You can use your energy to bury or reclaim your emotional power.
  • If you’re dragging your heels about something, it could be a sign you have unresolved trauma in the past.
  • Most self-help books are trying to tell us to play a game that we can’t win.
  • Our brain is designed to help us survive, but we are not in danger. The brain has found new threats, creating unnecessary anxiety and fear.
  • We don’t want to risk feeling physically uncomfortable or emotionally vulnerable. We also don’t want to jeopardize our money or the control over the way we look to the outside world. We’re in perpetual state of proving we’re enough.
  • When living aligned with comfort and safety, men become grumpy, soft, and forget to have fun.
  • “If you’re going through life playing safe, you’re not going to be happy. The things that bring relief don’t equal fulfillment. They don’t satisfy the part of us that is meant to evolve.”
  • What can a man do right now to welcome fulfillment?
  • Death wakes us up. Most men are not in touch with their mortality. They wait for it to be safe to live, not realizing that they will die.
  • Kids are impacted by what they see us do. Watching us sitting in front of the computer all day is not very inspiring.
  • Get out in front and show your kids it’s okay. Challenge yourselves with martial arts, surfing, learning music. Lead, and let them know it’s safe to follow.
  • Men like to only do things they are good at, but we must be willing to go through the learning process. Kids need to know that no one starts at the top.
  • Tripp’s marriage advice: Don’t hide. The more you share your shame, the more your partner trusts you. Show her your worst. As if to ask, “Can you love me here too?”

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A Champion’s Uprising with Muay Thai Champion Chris Romulo

How do you learn how to make something of your life when you never had an example to follow?

Today’s guest knew he wanted to make a name for himself in the world, but he didn’t know how. Growing up with an unavailable, addicted father, he was filled with anger and took it out on those around him. But he says that we are all born with the champion spirit within. All we need to do is tap into it.

Muay Thai legend Chris Romulo returns to the show to share his story of a champion’s uprising. He talks about how he grew from a frustrated, depressed young man into a world-renowned fighter, and how he’s used what he’s learned in the ring to become the husband, father, entrepreneur and community leader he is today.

Chris Romulo

From the humblest of beginnings in Queens Village, Queens, it was Chris Romulo’s dream to make a name for himself. While he was physically present, Chris’ father was not emotionally or psychologically there for Chris or his family. This took a toll on Chris as he struggled with abandonment, depression, and bouts of anger. Watching his father struggle with a gambling addiction provided Chris the drive to achieve something greater for his life as he inched and clawed his way through his early years. But, it was a near death street fight that turned out to be the decisive moment that turned Chris to Muay Thai, setting him on a path to personal growth and success, in both the sport and life.

Muay Thai was the perfect outlet for Chris’ natural physicality. With this newfound passion, Romulo became a true pioneer of the sport in 1995. Despite limited opportunities to showcase his skills in New York City, his successes were many. Romulo was determined to learn and gain as much experience as possible training and fighting up and down the East coast. At the start of his career he racked up an impressive amateur record of 18-3-1(7), earning 5 WKA state and national titles.  His bronze medal performance at the 2004 IFMA tournament in Bangkok was the launching point for his jump to professional fighting.

In 2011, after an illustrious career in which he posted a remarkable pro record of 13-3 (10KO) and, his crowning achievement, earned the Professional North American Super Middleweight title in 2010, Romulo made the momentous decision to retire from fighting and pay his passion for the sport forward. Due to his successes in the ring, many of today’s young athletes grew up watching Chris, were inspired by him, and continue to look to him as a foundation of the East coast Muay Thai community.

The year 2009 was a pivotal year for Romulo in his desire to extend his reach beyond the ring. He decided to bring his passion and respect for the culture of Muay Thai to a more mainstream audience as he opened CROM Physical Culture in Rockaway Beach, Queens. Through CROM PC, Chris has been able to continue his work with the youth by partnering with the Muay Thai Preservation Project, offering scholarships to at risk youth for no cost. Romulo and CROM PC have helped shape and guide the lives of countless youth that have gone on to winning national Muay Thai championships, excelled in their education, and have become competent and confident individuals in their community.

Chris Romulo is a product of his resiliency and Muay Thai. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc to Rockaway Beach. Romulo and his wife, as well as many others in the community, lost everything. Their home and their business were destroyed. The entire peninsula was devastated. But, Chris’, and his wife’s, resiliency powered them through this time period. While living in a friend’s basement, Chris and his wife, Sarah, rebuilt their gym and became a central part of the Rockaway community as it tried to climb out of the hole that Sandy left. Today, CROM PC has a permanent home, incorporated new programming, and has a 300+ member community.

While reflecting on his 20+ years as a Muay Thai fighter and coach, Chris felt the need to increase his reach beyond the four walls of his gym and NYC to try to help change as many lives as possible.  In 2015, Chris began offering online training programs that focused on martial arts, fitness, and mindset. Chris’ projects in 2016 included creating the first ever World Muay Thai Summit, featuring superstars John Wayne Parr, Bazooka Joe Valtelini and Chris Algieri.

Champions Uprising

In May of 2017, Chris’ memoir, Champions Uprising, will be published. His story displays his unwavering mindset of determination, grit, and the perseverance of the human spirit. Chris Romulo grew up in a broken home. His mother Lucita, a Filipino immigrant, wanted Chris to go to college and live the American Dream. His father Carlito, also a Filipino immigrant, detached himself from the family and turned to gambling.

After a series of unfortunate events in grammar school, Chris took to the streets of Queens, New York, where at twenty years old a near-death street fight redirected his life and purpose. Chris then set off on a twenty-year journey through the study of Muay Thai, which took him from New York City to Bangkok, Thailand and back again. As a fighter, Chris went on to become the first professional North American Super-Middleweight Muay Thai Champion in 2010. But after retiring, Chris was forced to make one more comeback when Hurricane Sandy destroyed his home and gym in 2012.

Chris is convinced that struggle and setbacks can be the fuel to future success. He also believes that by understanding how the mind works, you can use your thoughts as weapons for hunting down your dreams rather than digging yourself into a hole. “Control your thoughts. Control your reality,” is a mantra Chris likes to live by. And he is eager to share his story with the world and uncover stories of “champions” of other industries, to show how we all have the tools inside us to overcome adversity when we tap into our fighting spirit. So while continuing to coach at CROM, Chris now motivates people outside of the gym’s four walls through public speaking.

“It all takes heart.”—Chris Romulo

MENTIONED EPISODES:

Larry Hagner on The Eight Count Podcast with Chris Romulo

Reversing Generations of Bad Parenting with 6-Time Muay Thai Champion Chris Romulo

The 4-Step Process to Build Unshakable Confidence

 


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Surviving Suicide: A Dad’s Story


Suicide is the number one killer among men aged 35-50. The World Health Organization reports that suicide represents half of all male violent deaths worldwide. Why are men at such risk and what can we do about it?

Men are more likely to go for desperate measures for several reasons. Our culture teaches men to internalize emotions and hide distress. At the same time, men tend to lose their close friends and support systems as they step into the role of a provider. They’re also reluctant to seek help when struggling with anxiety, depression, or suicidal thoughts.

The first step in fighting suicide among men is raising awareness. Today, one of our Dad Edge Alliance Commanders courageously steps up to share his story of surviving suicide.

Nick Sotelo recounts his intense battle against rage, darkness, and suicide. He also tells us how to interrupt the negative scripts that run through our heads and what to do when overwhelmed with shame and hopelessness.

We never know what is going to send us or someone we care about down a dark road. This is an episode every dad should listen to for himself and any boy or man he knows.

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