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No matter how tech savvy you are, your kids likely have you beat. Digital natives see the world in a fundamentally different way than all previous generations. This makes 21st century parenting an unprecedented challenge. Join Marc Groman, an Obama White House tech and privacy adviser, and David Reitman, an adolescent medical doctor, for candid discussions about screen time, social media addiction, sexting, privacy, and online gaming. Marc and David aren't just experts — they’re also married, and raising a teenage son of their own.

No matter how tech savvy you are, your kids likely have you beat. Digital natives see the world in a fundamentally different way than all previous generations. This makes 21st century parenting an unprecedented challenge. Join Marc Groman, an Obama White House tech and privacy adviser, and David Reitman, an adolescent medical doctor, for candid discussions about screen time, social media addiction, sexting, privacy, and online gaming. Marc and David aren't just experts — they’re also married, and raising a teenage son of their own.
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No matter how tech savvy you are, your kids likely have you beat. Digital natives see the world in a fundamentally different way than all previous generations. This makes 21st century parenting an unprecedented challenge. Join Marc Groman, an Obama White House tech and privacy adviser, and David Reitman, an adolescent medical doctor, for candid discussions about screen time, social media addiction, sexting, privacy, and online gaming. Marc and David aren't just experts — they’re also married, and raising a teenage son of their own.

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Is sexting a "normal" part of growing up digital?

1/10/2019
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When it comes to sexting, most parents think, "Not my kid." But multiple studies and anecdotal evidence indicate that's not the case. Handing an Internet-connected camera (a smartphone) to an adolescent — who is wired to ignore consequences, obsess over popularity, and explore sexuality — means you should assume he or she will be exposed to sexting almost immediately (if not actively participate). Marc and David sit down with a high school freshman and senior, who explain that teen sexting...

Duration:00:50:18

How to Be a Digital Role Model for Your Kids

1/3/2019
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How do our own digital habits affect our kids' relationship with tech? Checking notifications at dinner and going to sleep with your phone may be setting norms you're not even aware of. Marc and David chat with Stephen Balkam, founder and CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI.org) about how modeling good digital behavior is equally important as the conversations we have with our kids about tech. Balkam shares his list of bad tech habits all parents should break in 2019.

Duration:00:42:33

The Magical Age of 13.

12/20/2018
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Privacy law in the U.S. has one clear line: Treat everyone 12 and under as kids, and everyone 13 and older as adults -- at least when it comes to the online world. The core privacy law around kids using digital services was written in 1998 when the Internet was very different. It's been updated once, but the protections for kids are still limited and the rules are confusing. How did we get here? And what do we need to re-think when it comes to the safety and privacy of teens on the modern,...

Duration:00:53:09

The Real World Consequences of Cyberbullying

12/13/2018
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Bullying has always been part of growing up, but the 24/7, "always on" digital world has transformed where, when, and how it occurs. Online harassment can follow kids home and infiltrate their safe spaces. It even comes into bed with them at night, via smartphones and tablets. Marc and David speak with Peter, a student who endured severe and persistent online bullying in high school, which triggered a mental health crisis for him. Peter's story is a powerful lesson for parents and teens...

Duration:00:47:41

HOOKED: How Peer Pressure Is Baked Into Social Apps

12/6/2018
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Silicon Valley and Wall Street might call it “engagement.” As parents, we might call it, “getting hooked.” Social media optimizes our kids' conversations for maximum profit. There's an art to it, and nothing is accidental. Marc and David sit down with Golden Krishna, a designer at Google and the author of The Best Interface Is No Interface, to talk about the tech tools developers use to make it difficult for our teens to put down their phones or log off social media, even for short periods...

Duration:00:37:24

What's Your Tech Parenting Style?

11/29/2018
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Giving kids the freedom to explore, push boundaries, and make mistakes – while still keeping them safe – is a parenting challenge as old as time. But the stakes get especially high –and complicated – when those mistakes are happening on the Internet. Are you a strict parent with unyielding rules about screen time? Are you more hands-off when it comes to trusting your kids with tech? A lot of this depends on your kids and your values. This week, Marc and David talk with two mothers – Adaeze...

Duration:00:43:54

Screen Time and the Quest for a Healthy Digital Lifestyle

11/22/2018
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Our kids (and many adults, too) are spending an unprecedented amount of time in front of screens. How much is too much? Is all screen time created equal? Marc and David discuss the addictive power of screens, "active" vs. "passive" consumption of media, and how parents can find balance. They sit down with Jenn Reid, a mom of three boys, about using screens as currency, and crossing a social media "point of no return" with her 13-year-old son.

Duration:00:45:51

The Internet Through Our Kids' Eyes

11/15/2018
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If we want our kids to have a positive relationship with digital technology, we need to understand the teenage mind, and what social media means to adolescents. Kids are wired to push boundaries and make mistakes, and this generation gets to do that in front of the entire world, via smartphone. Marc and David discuss the wonders and limitations of the adolescent psyche, and talk with Athena, a 17-year-old high school senior, about FOMO, her attempt to quit her phone, and growing up with a...

Duration:00:43:39

Introducing Their Own Devices

11/2/2018
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Do you really understand what your kids are doing online? No matter how tech savvy you are, digital natives see the world in a fundamentally different way than all previous generations. That makes parenting an unprecedented challenge. Join Marc Groman, an Obama White House tech and privacy adviser, and David Reitman, an adolescent medical doctor, for candid discussions about teen social media use, and how to navigate this brave new parenting world. Marc and David are also married, and...

Duration:00:01:11