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Devorah Heitner speaks to students, parents, and educators on mentoring kids in the digital age and modeling mindful uses of technology. Accessible, actionable, and empowering!
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“Raising kids in the digital age can feel like being stuck on a roller coaster with no endpoint. Screenwise takes the focus off of parental control and places it on parental understanding. By meeting kids where they are and learning to navigate technology together, parents can help their kids build healthy tech habits that will last a lifetime.” —Dr. Katie Hurley, LCSW, author of No More Mean GirlsLearn More
Latest blog posts.
Talking with Teens: Six Conversation Starters That Will Reveal More Than Reading Kids’ Texts
Should you be reading your teen’s texts? Most of the time, being in conversation with your kids will give you more insights: Mentoring over monitoring. If you do monitor, be sure you are doing it for the right reasons.Read More
Teaching Conflict Resolution to Kids
Kids deal with small conflicts every day – it’s part of growing up. But for today’s “always-on” digital natives, there are additional layers of complexity. Constant connectivity complicates their social sphere. Here’s how you can be a good mentor and teach conflict resolution to your own digital natives.Read More
Smartphone Skills: Teaching Kids How to Add Contacts Carefully
If you can empower your child build their contact list slowly and deliberately, this can help them to avoid overwhelm later on when they scroll through their contacts and don’t recognize half of them. Make sure your child knows it’s fine to ignore requests from people she doesn’t know.Read More
Too much Parental Control Won’t Save Kids-The New Social Media Laws in Utah are Dangerous
This bill gives parents in an abusive home tremendous power over their children’s communication and contacts. It cuts kids off from the very medium where tweens and teens might reach out for help in that terrifying situation where parents might be abusing them.Read More
Decision Day: Should You Post About Where Your Child Is Going to College?
Decision Day is already a highly emotional time for college-bound students – and their parents. Social media can make it even worse.Read More
I’m a college student. Here’s What the TikTok Hearings are Missing
Invited Guest Post by Media Intern, Emma FeuerNorthwestern University Class of 2025, Majoring in Journalism and Data Science As a college student, I was born with a …Read More