Raising Digital Natives with Devorah Heitner, PhD

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Raising Digital Natives

Devorah Heitner, PhD offers a refreshing perspective on kids and media that goes beyond the common admonishment to limit “screen time” to offer parents concrete criteria to evaluate the quality of the children’s media experiences they choose. Devorah addresses parents questions about how to create a positive media ecology in your home that is proactive, fun, and smart!

This Zoom talk incorporates the latest research on digital natives, and helps parents and educators appropriately support young people as they encounter and master these digital skills. Audiences leave with a powerful message: Limiting or monitoring technology is no substitute for mentoring and engagement.

About the Speaker

Dr. Devorah Heitner is an expert on young people’s’ relationships with digital media and technology. She is the author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World and founder of Raising Digital Natives. Her mission is to cultivate a culture of empathy and social-emotional literacy. Dr. Heitner’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, TIME magazine, and Education Week. 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 digital native.

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