I have worked with a lot of speakers, and Devorah is a dream come true. She is responsive, meticulous, patient and above all else: an expert in her field. She made my life so much easier in planning a large and complex event. Her speech was relevant, thoughtfully researched and 100% on topic–tons of our attendees approached me afterward to let me know how much they enjoyed it.
Carrie Alexander, CIVSA, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Devorah facilitated an extremely productive day-long workshop with members of our Intermediate & Middle School faculty. She is so well-versed in the research, and moves effortlessly between a student perspective on the digital world, a parent’s perspective, and an educator’s point-of-view. The research overview she provided, her own insights and experiences. Her facilitation style is engaging, interesting, relevant, and collaborative.
Devorah’s approach to empowering teachers and parents to help their children develop digital judgment, maturity and wisdom, in age-appropriate ways, is not based on fear. She focused on building empathy, understanding and ultimately, positive identities. She illustrates clearly how technology exists in a developmental context for every human being, and how awareness of the context, thoughtfulness and transparency can harness the power of technology (including social media) to help children learn and grow. Devorah helps translate the digital world across generations in ways that honor children and adults, and that offers a vision for nurturing sound judgment and independence in students as they grow up in a global, digitized community.
John Novick, Intermediate & Middle School Division Head at Francis W. Parker School
I was feeling overwhelmed by the technology in my 6th grader’s life; my daughter was accessing online tools and social media sites I wasn’t familiar with, and I needed to provide more guidance in her digital life. After speaking with Devorah of Raising Digital Natives, I now have a framework for keeping my daughter healthy and happy online.
Michele Golden, Mother of a middle school student
Devorah came to speak at my children’s school about raising “Digital Natives”. Now, I consider myself in the “intermediate” in understanding technology, social, and internet and how it relates to our day to day lives and my children’s lives. But after hearing Devorah’s presentation I felt even more informed and empowered.
Devorah is a very engaging speaker and expert in her presentation. I got a full dose of information about the current digital environment that my children are engaging in. All backed up by some very interesting and powerful statistics!
If you are an educator I would highly recommend Devorah to speak to your school and the parents. If you are a parent and you have the opportunity to attend Devorah’s presentation, run don’t walk. I know that you will find that what Devorah tells you about the digital world, that we all live in now, a real eye opening experience.
Gil Valentine, Father of a First and a Fifth Grader.
This discussion offered a refreshing perspective on kids and media that went beyond the common admonishment to limit “screen time”. Devorah offered parents concrete criteria to evaluate the quality of the children’s media experiences they choose. 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
“We hosted nearly 100 parents at our campus. Everyone I spoke to walked away with a sense of calm and renewed confidence in their ability to mentor their digital native(s). Devorah’s guidance was timely and resonated with our students. I loved listening to 5th graders develop ideas for apps to address common challenges caused by technology. This is my new ‘must do’ for the start of the school year!!”
Cari Land, School Counselor, Highland Park School Austin, Texas
I first heard Devorah speak about Digital Natives at our son’s school. I found her to have a clear, concise message about how to address issues our children are facing in this digital age we live in. She was very knowledgeable in the various different ways that our children socialize online and had very simple useable advice to offer. Parents with children of all ages were addressed. In speaking with the other parents attending, the room was abuzz with positive anticipation of getting more of Devorah’s time. Devorah was also very quick to respond to my emails and gave detailed useful advice. I have already recommended her to other parents.
Frank Bruno, Father of a first grader
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 and parent of three children
Devorah provided an insightful and unique approach to understanding children and their relationship with the digital world. Her 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, Former Executive Director of a early childhood child center, current nanny recruiter and parent of 3 young girls.