Connected families

The three worlds of digital parenting

Welcome to the
new parenting divide

When should I give my daughter her first cell phone?
How much screen time should I allow?
Do I teach my kid to write by hand, or do I teach him to use a keyboard?

How parents address these choices constitutes the great parenting divide of our time. Far more than whether mummy leans in or stays home, far more than whether daddy is a “helicopter parent” or “free ranger”, how parents approach their kids’ use of technology shapes both family life and future prospects.

But we don’t have to make those choices in the dark. Over the past two years, I’ve gathered data on how more than 10,000 North American parents navigate the digital world, and uncovered three distinct digital parenting styles.

This page is the home for this ongoing research project, and for related publications and resources.

 

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My post forThe Atlantic features a first look at the data on how mentors, enablers and limiters approach the challenge of raising children in a digital world..

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My presentation at SXSW Interactive mapped out the data showing why companies need to pay attention to the new digital parenting divide. See the highlights here.

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The myth of the family tech market

Are you a mentor parent?

Kids thrive online when their parents actively guide them into the digital world. Digital mentors raise kids who have the technical and social skills to lead meaningful lives online — and who still know how to switch off.

You don’t have to be a tech whiz to be a great mentor for your kids: you just need to engage with your kids’ use of technology, and maybe even have some online fun yourself. Find a roundup of my favorite resources here — including worksheets to help you make a family screen agreement.

Remote work: A conversation

What does it take to succeed in the hybrid workplace? I'm delighted to join my friends at the Lavin Agency for an Author's Corner conversation with Charles Yao, Lavin's Director of Intellectual Talent. Our conversation will take place online at 9 am Pacific (noon...

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Spotlight on

Family tech policies

Get a head start in guiding your kids’ use of technology with these resources for creating family technology policies.

Remote work: A conversation

What does it take to succeed in the hybrid workplace? I'm delighted to join my friends at the Lavin Agency for an Author's Corner conversation with Charles Yao, Lavin's Director of Intellectual Talent. Our conversation will take place online at 9 am Pacific (noon...

read more

Workshops

for educators, parents and communities

What do parents need to know about raising kids in a digital world? How can schools address and bridge the profound differences in the way different families approach their kids’ use of technology? Speaking as both a mother and a researcher, I walk you through the challenges that families face today, drawing on data gathered from more than 10,000 North American parents. Your audience will leave with a clear sense of the choices they face, and practical ideas for how they can approach these choices in their own classrooms and families.

Wondering if a workshop is right for your organization? Email me today.

Presenting at the Dalai Lama Centre’s 2015 Conference, Connecting in a Digital World.

In the media

Highlights from my writing and speaking on family technology.

Favorite parenting stories

My stories about digital-age parenting have appeared in a range of news outlets and blogs. Here are a few of my favorite pieces.

 

Media appearances

I often comment on stories about how technology has affected our families and relationships. Here are some of those stories and conversations.

 

About our family

My research and thinking on how families navigate technology has been profoundly shaped by my own journey as a parent. In a lot of ways, our family is just like any other family in the way we struggle with screens. And in other ways, our two kids — Sweetie and Peanut — offer challenges all their own.

Our family, as drawn by Sweetie