HEADSHOT If you are raising kids, you are raising Digital Natives. Do you feel like they won’t put down the tablet? Like they started asking for a smartphone in preschool?

What are they doing on those devices anyway? Should you spy on them? Or will that hurt your relationship in the long run?

Our kids need digital mentors to become the best people they can be in our connected world.

I’m Devorah Heitner, and I founded Raising Digital Natives for parents and educators seeking advice on how to help children thrive in a digital world. I’m here to take the fear out of this emotionally-charged topic and help you guide your kids towards empathy, kindness, and integrity.

Getting this right sets kids up for a lifetime of success in a world where they are likely to find a job, meet their spouse, and build their reputations in interactive, digital communities.

Raising Digital Natives is a place for parents and educators to get practical, timely, and non-judgmental advice to set our kids up for success in a digital world, and in life.

Since earning my Ph.D. in Media/Technology and Society from Northwestern University, I’ve been working with communities, schools and companies across the United States and beyond. I speak to schools, organizations, and corporations, lead workshops, and consult with educators on their toughest concerns in teaching kids to use tech in a smart way. My book, Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World gives parents new insights into kids’ digital world, so they can stop feeling afraid of tech and become tech-positive parents.

When I’m not writing or speaking, you’ll find me relaxing with my family in Chicago and raising my own digital native. You may also find me listening to podcasts, catching up on The Fosters or enjoying the midwestern weather at my kid’s soccer games. 

Join the Raising Digital Native community by signing up below. You’ll receive an email from me twice a month with ideas to spark your own conversations about tech in your community, and get answers to your biggest questions about when to give your child a cell phone, navigating screen time battles, and tricky topics like tweens, sexting, bullying, and more.

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Devorah offered parents concrete criteria to evaluate the quality of the children’s media experiences they choose.This discussion offered a refreshing perspective on kids and media that went beyond the common admonishment to limit “screen time”. Via a post event survey, the feedback on the event was overwhelmingly positive, with many commenting that the discussion went beyond expectations.

Stephanie Free, Chair of Parent Education Program, Catherine Cook School

I really enjoyed your talk. Your style and personality made it engaging, and your academic background coupled with being a mom makes you credible and accessible. Your presentation was informative for me both as a technology educator and as a parent!

Allison Drew, Technology Facilitator The Joseph Sears School, Kenilworth IL,
parent of three children