How educators can support students through the milestones of growing up in the digital age

April 20, 2023 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Devorah Heitner, PhD, an expert on students’ relationships with digital media and technology and author of Screenwise, explains the importance of “mentoring over monitoring” when it comes to their tech use and gives advice on how to encourage a healthy relationship with media and technology. Her forthcoming book, Growing Up in Public, is a guide to navigating reputation, privacy, and boundaries with our kids who are growing up in a world where it feels like everyone is watching.

Join this webinar and hear her expert tips on:

  • How educators can mentor students in any grade as they navigate group texts, Instagram, TikTok, Discord, and other social media apps
  • Strategies for teaching students to recognize how social media affects their mental health and when to take a break
  • How to support students’ understanding of a healthy balance and sleep habits to balance screen time and get enough rest
  • Supporting students in staying true to themselves as they grow up “in public” on social media apps


Devorah Heitner supports parents and educators to help children thrive in a digital world. She is on a mission to take the fear out of this emotionally-charged topic and help guide educators and parents toward empathy, kindness, and integrity. Since earning her Ph.D. in Media/Technology and Society from Northwestern University, she has been working with communities, schools, and companies across the United States and beyond. Devorah speaks to schools, organizations, and corporations, leading workshops and consulting with educators on their toughest concerns in teaching kids to use tech in a smart way. Her 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.