If you are raising kids, you are raising Digital Natives. Sometimes, it feels like they are addicted, detached, or distracted. You can’t see what they are doing “on there.” You use social media, but not the same ways they do.
And it goes deeper than that. Deeper than their experiences today. Our kids need mentorship 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 world of digital connectedness.
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.
I’m an experienced speaker, workshop leader, and consultant, and a professional development resource for organizations wishing to cultivate a culture of responsible digital citizenship. My book, Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World helps readers become tech-positive parents and educators and gives adults new insights into kids’ digital world.
Since earning my Ph.D. in Media/Technology and Society from Northwestern University, I’ve been working with excellent public and independent schools across the United States and beyond. I couldn’t be more delighted to be raising my own digital native.
Frequently asked questions:
I heard you were on the radio/ on TV/in the Washington Post?
Check out the Media Page for those clips and contact information for journalists.
Do you have a place where people say how much they loved working with Raising Digital Natives? Why yes, that is here.
Tell me about recent or upcoming events? This list is current, but please email me for up to the minute opportunities to see me speak.
Do you have a FB group where I can dive into my questions about parenting in the Digital Age?
(You’ll have to request access once you get there, please allow a 24 hours to be let into the group.)
Do you have a PDF brochure? Yes! Raising Digital Natives Brochure
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