Official Bio

Dr. Devorah Heitner is the author of Growing Up in Public: Coming of Age in a Digital World and Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World. Her work has appeared in the New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic. She has a Ph.D. in Media/Technology & Society from Northwestern University and has taught at DePaul and Northwestern. She is delighted to be raising her own teenager and she lives with her family in Chicagoland. You can follow her on Substack and on Instagram @devorahheitnerphd.

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Areas of Expertise

Social media and mental health, Surgeon General’s Report on Social Media, Kids and Instagram, Roblox, Life 360, Digital Citizenship, Discord, TikTok, Online Safety, Fake News, Online Hate Speech and Bullying, Kids and Social Media, Tech Distractions, Edtech, Online Bullying Prevention, Digital Footprint, Internet Safety, Criteria for Choosing Apps and Games, Privacy, Digital Wellness, SEL, Digital Culture, School Tech Policies, Sexting, Instagram, Snapchat, Gaming, Minecraft, Online Gaming, Digital Etiquette

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