Growing Up in Public: Mentoring our Students on the New Digital Milestones

Jun 15, 2023 9:00AM—11:00AM



Cost Early Bird Pricing for Members (available until May 25) $300 members; $250 group-rate 3+; $500 non-members

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Independent school students using AI to support deeper learning.


Join Dr. Heitner to learn how to support students on issues related to sharing, privacy, and reputation. How can we help them figure out who they really are when everything can be shared and compared? What does it mean to be "famous" these days? How can we prepare all young people for the realities of having a searchable digital reputation? What can we do when explicit or hateful images and videos circulate in our communities via social media? 

This virtual workshop will support educators and school leaders in cultivating a positive culture of mentorship and digital wellness based on understanding the latest research on kids growing up in public. Rather than encourage students to be anxious that a misstep could cause them to be “canceled” or even jeopardize their admission to college, we can reframe the conversation about “digital footprint” to be a character-based conversation. School communities can shift the focus from threatening the consequences of a digital misstep so we can be proactive rather than reactive.  


Participants will:

  • Understand the new digital milestones kids are facing (first group chat, first cloud-based game, first phone)
  • Understand the climate children, tweens and teens are facing in networked spaces from Roblox to Discord to TikTok and YouTube
  • Learn to support mindful and consistent policies around digital culture and wellness for staff as well as students
  • Connect their subject area to engaging students on issues of digital wellness, conflict resolution, reputation, character, empathy, etc.
  • Build resources they can use in advisory sessions with students
  • Create building blocks for responsible use agreements and classroom agreements


This virtual intensive is ideal for teachers, advisors, counselors, division heads, and deans of students.


Everyone who attends will receive a copy of Devorah’s book, Growing Up in Public: Coming of Age in a Digital World when it comes out on September 12!


Do you work at an independent school outside of California? Click here for a discount on our non-member registration!



Devorah Heitner, Ph.D., has spoken and written widely about parenting and growing up in the digital age. Her latest book, Growing Up in Public will be published in September, 2023. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and CNN Opinion. Dr. Heitner is the author of the Amazon bestseller Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World. She earned a Ph.D. in Media/Technology and Society from Northwestern University and has taught at DePaul University and Northwestern. She lives with her family in Chicagoland. She’s on Instagram and Twitter, but she tries not to get too hung up on fame (see workshop!)

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