Devorah Heitner, Ph.D
Milestones of Growing Up in The Digital Age with Devorah Heitner, Ph.D.
From preschoolers we share on our own social media, to kids starting their own YouTube channel, kids are growing up in a hyper-connected world. How can we help our kids navigate coming of age in a world where nearly every moment of their lives can be shared and compared? How can we help them navigate all the firsts? First Roblox playdate? First social account? First phone? We can track our kids’ every move with apps, see their grades within minutes of them being posted, and fixate on their digital footprint, anxious that a misstep could cause them to be ostracized or even jeopardize their admission to college. How can they figure out who they really are with zero privacy and constant judgment? Devorah shows us that mentoring and not just monitoring kids will help us understand and support our kids, building our relationships with them AND helping them be successful in digital spaces.
Presenter: Dr. Heitner is the author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in their Digital World, a guide to mentoring digital kids. Growing Up In Public draws on Heitner’s extensive work with parents and schools as well as hundreds of interviews with kids, parents, educators, clinicians, and scholars. With relatable stories and research-backed advice, Growing Up in Public empowers parents to cut through the overwhelm to connect with their kids, recognize how to support them, and help them figure out who they are when everyone is watching. Dr Heitner’s insights have appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, Fast Company, CNN Opinion and Real Simple, etc. Dr. Heitner has a Ph.D. in Media/Technology and Society from Northwestern University and has taught at DePaul University and Northwestern University. She is delighted to be raising her own teenager, too.