12 Things Every Parent Should Know About Helping Children Thrive in the Digital Age

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I’m Devorah Heitner. I started Raising Digital Natives to catalyze the conversation about how to set kids up for a lifetime of success in a world where they are likely to meet their spouse, find a job, and build their reputations in interactive, digital communities.

Raising Digital Natives is a digital citizenship speaker and resource for parents and schools seeking advice on how to help children thrive in a world of digital connectedness.

You can also access some of my best ideas on raising thoughtful kids in the digital age here. Our digital citizenship curriculum, Connecting Wisely, is here.

Or, click the button below to connect with me about working with your school or organization:

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TEDx Talk: Empathy is the App 

Before we try to catch kids doing the wrong things we need to check: Are we modeling the right ways to use technology?

The good news? It’s a skill set. And like any skill, it can be learned. Simply put, you have to learn in order to teach. 

Digital citizenship is not about operating the devices. It’s about conducting yourself with empathy and developing meaningful relationships.

 

Let’s stand up. Let’s be mentors. It’s up to us.

“Devorah’s approach to empowering teachers and parents is not based on fear. She focused on building empathy, understanding and ultimately, positive identities. She illustrates clearly how to harness the power of technology (including social media) to help children learn and grow.”

John Novick Intermediate & Middle School Division Head Francis W. Parker School

Want some guidance on navigating their digital world?
Here’s what you need to understand it:

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Student Workshops

Do these scenarios sound familiar?

• Your students friendships are affected by group texts and social media, but you don’t know how to address the situation.

• Your students feel excluded when they look at other friends pictures on Instagram.

• Conflicts from games are affecting the group dynamic.

You have an “Internet Safety” curriculum, but it doesn’t address how students are feeling.

Dr. Heitner’s workshops address friendship, identity and boundaries for kids growing up in the digital age.

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Consulting & Professional Development

You’ve announced an innovative technology initiative but parents are pushing back. You’ve already done a lot to communicate with parents, but change can be stressful.

Or… your teachers struggling with classroom management in a 1:1 environment. Or your school needs a digital citizenship curriculum map…yesterday.

Professional Development topics

  • Building a Culture of Empathy in a Digital Age
  • Successful Parent Engagement in a 1:1 Environment
  • This is their Brains on Smart Phones/This is their Hearts on Smart Phones.

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Parent Talks

Our kids need help, even if they think they don’t. Even if you think they don’t.

It’s up to us as parents to ensure that we are helping our kids develop the skills they need to thrive in their Digital World.

Raising Digital Natives is more than an Internet Safety speaker.

Your relationship with technology is a model for your kids. Learning about their world is a requirement. Devorah Heitner can help.

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“Devorah’s approach was empowering both to children and parents by encouraging a partnership to use technology for creativity and learning. I appreciated her simple tips that will allow me to be intentional with my daughter as she learns how to be digitally savvy and learns important life skills that will carry throughout her life.”

Barbara Nordlund, M.A., Psychology,
Executive Director of a early childhood child center and parent of three girls

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