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“Jonathan takes complicated topics and simplifies them in an engaging and informative way. His workshops provide our students and parents with actionable and accessible information that will greatly benefit them now and in the future.”
Anthony Locke, Upper School Dean of Students, Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences
“The educational system focuses on our youth being highly academically prepared and as a result under educates our youth in Life Skills. Jonathan Cristall brilliantly addresses crucial topics that have students and parents questioning why this information isn’t included in our school curriculum. Jonathan Cristall’s interactive style keeps the audience engaged and asking for more. As Santa Monica High School’s PTSA president, I was thrilled to have discovered such an amazing speaker that addressed my concerns regarding our children’s success in life and in turn augment their academic achievement. The school administration recognized and fully endorsed special assemblies to open a pathway to provide this vital life education. Thank you Jonathan Cristall for making our program a reality.”
Ruth Fragoso, Santa Monica High School PTSA President 2016-2018
“I hired Jonathan to teach my sons, their friends, and parents about sexual violence and misconduct. Jonathan’s presentations were engaging, highly-informative that I know will help keep my sons safe for life. I now have this critical information too and can help keep my sons on track!”
Tanaz A., Santa Monica, CA
“The match up between Jonathan and Common Sense is a natural one. We help parents prepare their kids to navigate the digital world safely, ethically, and responsibly, and Jonathan’s unique perspective on safety provides advice for parents and kids about student rights and consent. Both are critical to the health and well-being of kids today. We learned from him, as well, and look forward to continuing to work together.”
Sarah Bowman, LA Regional Director, Common Sense Media
“We’ve brought Jonathan into Beverly High numerous times to help our students (and their parents) develop 21st century life safety skills. Each time Jonathan has presented, the response has been phenomenal. Our students are engaged and interested by Jonathan’s content, his engaging speaking style, and his compelling personal story. The parents are thrilled to be provided with digestible information that they’re able to use to help educate their kids. Jonathan is easy to work with and we’re already planning to bring him back for multiple speaking dates soon.”
Ali Norman-Franks, Beverly Hills High School Intervention Counselor
“It was a pleasure having Jonathan Cristall present to our Village School Alumni Parent group. His presentation style is extremely engaging, and he is masterful in his ability to turn complex legal concepts into practical talking points that parents can share with their teens. “What They Don’t Teach Teens” is a much needed resource for parents hoping to raise informed, safe, and independent young people who know their rights and and are thoughtful in their actions.”
Dolly K., MD, Village School Alumni Parent Group, Co-Chair
“Jonathan’s presentations for our congregation were very enlightening and important. They were attended and well received. Parents were grateful for the opening to talk with their teens about crucial subjects, and teens appreciated Jonathan’s relatability and directness. The audience was parents with their teens and all were engaged by his unique content and dynamic presentation style. We received wonderful feedback about the events and can’t wait to bring him back!”
Rabbi Zoe Klein, Temple Isaiah
Jonathan’s well-honed presentation was truly an enriching experience. His delivery was engaging, savvy and well-informed. His material expanded our awareness on the topic of internet / online safety. It brought our PTSA Parent Ed to a new level and we are very appreciative.
Amy Mueller, Palisades Charter High School, Parent Education Coordinator

Take a Two-Minute Quiz

We’ve put together some short and informative quizzes to raise awareness for teens (and their parents) about the seriousness of contemporary safety. They will certainly test your knowledge!

2019 was a great year, both professionally and personally. I hope it was the same for you and yours. I am so excited for 2020–in particular, about my book being published on May 25!! Thanks to everyone who attended my workshops, read my book drafts, and showed their support in so many different ways. Happy New Year! #lifeskills #parents #parenting #family #21stcenturyskills #teenager #tween ...

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Super excited to team up again with Dolly Klock, MD @adolessonsla for this NEW seminar on Today’s Teen Party Culture. Have questions about the vaping epidemic, weed, alcohol, parties & sex, and your teen’s legal risks and rights? Please join us for this one-of-a-kind seminar on November 13th at the Brentwood Country Club. Designed for parents of middle and high schoolers, but all adults that work with or care about kids are welcome to attend. Register on Eventbrite— link in bio. Hope to see you there! #parenting #teen #losangeles #parenteducation ...

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As usual, totally buried in What They Don’t Teach Teens (pub. date May 25, 2020 by Quill Driver Books) and day job. But only a few more months till editor takes it for good. Will work furiously until then, but see a finish line, mercifully!

I digress though... this guy was walking in front of my house today (as he does every day) stopped to say how “cool” my little office is. I spend way too many hours here!! #parenting #teenagers #finishline

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Last night, at times role-playing as police officer Jonathan, I taught JSF Financial clients (and their teens) about their rights with the police and how to have safer police interactions. Interacting with the police, particularly as a new driver, can be intimidating and learning the "rules of engagement" should be mandatory education to get a driver's license. In the meantime, it is just one of the many life skills taught in my book, What They Don't Teach Teens, publishing on April 7, 2020. #teen #police #parenting #knowyourrights ...

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Great article about the pressures teens feel to stay electronically connected and still handle their many other responsibilities. This topic (and many others) is covered in my book, What They Don’t Teach Teens, publishing April 2, 2020. Link to the article in my bio. #lifeskills #parents #parenting #family #21stcenturyskills #stayoffthelandmines #teenager #tween #digital ...

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Thank you to Brentwood School for bringing out its entire high school to hear me speak about essential life skills for teens! Over 500 students and faculty were in attendance which is my largest audience to date. Onwards and upwards!! #lifeskills #lifeskills101 #teachourteens #parents #parenting #lifeskills #family #21stcenturyskills #stayoffthelandmines #teenager #tween #brentwoodeagles ...

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Thanks to @lamommagazine for the interview about What They Don’t Teach Teens. It was a lot of fun! #parenting #lifeskills #family #21stcenturyskills #stayoffthelandmines #teenager #tween #lamommagazine ...

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After 2+ years of work and countless hours spent, I just submitted the manuscript to my editors for my forthcoming book, What They Don't Teach Teens. Juggling the writing and researching with my full-time job as a prosecutor and my busy family life has been one of the greatest challenges I've ever faced.
The book covers a wide-range of topics including sexual consent, (unlawful) sexting, digital footprint, street safety, sexual harassment prevention, cyberbullying, and much more. Once I have a release date from the publisher, I'll be sure to share it with all of you.
I've been speaking to parents and teens all over Los Angeles and have enjoyed seeing many of you and your children in the audience. If you want to see whether I'll be at your school, please check my website at whattheydontteachteens.com.
Thanks for your support! -JC
#parenting #lifeskills #family #teenager #21stcenturyskills #tween #parenthood #stayoffthelandmines #families #teens

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If you are in LA, I’ll be holding a What They Don’t Teach Teens workshop at Brentwood School’s Parent University: Mindful and Balanced Parenting, on Saturday, January 26, 2019. No links in IG posts, but Google ‘Brentwood School Parent University 2019’ for registration. #brentwoodschool #parenting #lifeskills #family #21stcenturyskills #stayoffthelandmines ...

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If you are a parent of a student at Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles, please join me on Nov. 27 at 6 PM for a parent education workshop on Teen Sexual Violence and Misconduct Prevention. Hope to see you there! #parenting #lifeskills #family #teenager #21stcenturyskills #tween #Xrds #Crossroadsschool #highschool ...

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