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Their Own Devices

26 EpisodesProduced by Marc Groman and David ReitmanWebsite

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 Rei… read more

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Like Adolescence, Season One Ends At 25

May 16th, 2019


From sexting to cyberbullying, Finstas to Rinstas, medical advice to parenting tips, Marc and David explore many of the highlights from season one. …

It's Complicated: Societal Norms, Teens and Tech

May 9th, 2019


On this episode Marc and David bring Their Own Devices to the live stage with guest danah boyd, the world renowned computer scientist and author of “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens.” danah boyd is …

Ready Parent One: Learning Fortnite

May 2nd, 2019


Your kid is playing a shooter game. You hear the guns, grenades and mindless shouting. But you know the real battle is coming when you call "dinner" or "bedtime!" The best way to understand your kid's obsession is to …

Different Homes, Different Devices, Different Rules

April 25th, 2019


Have you heard about the magic door our kids use? This isn’t a video game. Kids walk through this door and all of the rules, limits and restrictions …

There's No Delete Button on the Internet

April 18th, 2019


Parents often warn their kids that everything posted online is permanent and that there's no guarantee that data will remain private. It's good advice but can you actually explain that? What does it really mean when we …

Finstas: The "Real" Instagram Account

April 11th, 2019


On this episode Marc & David sit down with 4 high school students and get right to the question most parents are wondering: “If we had access to …

Talking About Cyber Hate

April 4th, 2019


The Internet didn't create hate speech. But the digital world has transformed its reach, volume and dangerous tone in unprecedented ways. It's only a …

The Social Media Generation

March 28th, 2019


Social media use among teens is increasing year to year. These digital platforms enable adolescents to communicate more, meet new people, build …

The Truth About "Internet Addiction"

March 21st, 2019


Is your teen spending too much time in front of screens? Excessive and compulsive use of digital tech may affect school, relationships and sleep as …

Calling Parents About Their Kids’ Online Actions

March 14th, 2019


As parents in the digital age, we’re likely to see troubling things online about other children in our community. Your son or daughter may proactively show you another kid’s post, or perhaps you discover something …

How Smartphones and Media Influence Kids’ Behavior

March 7th, 2019


Parents today are raising children in a new digital environment and medical research demonstrates that the use of interactive digital technology …

Teen Sexting: A Girl's Perspective

February 28th, 2019


The sharing of explicit photos is becoming a more common practice in teen culture. Digital technology and mobile apps like Snapchat make it fast and …

Teen Dating in the Digital Age

February 14th, 2019


When our kids start dating, it opens up a whole new world of challenges for parents. It always has. But today teen romance comes with a unique set of …

What Our Kids Post Online Matters, Maybe Forever

February 7th, 2019


Social media and engaging online are part of being a kid today, but just one post, tweet or text can get a student suspended or expelled, ruin …

Spying or Parenting - Do We Need to Respect Our Kids’ Digital Privacy?

January 31st, 2019


As parents, we want to give our kids the freedom to explore, grow, make mistakes, and develop resilience. But we also want to keep our kids safe. Today’s children are digital natives and the Internet is their second …

Sandbox v. Xbox: The Role of Digital Play

January 24th, 2019


Digital play makes our kids’ childhood drastically different than our own. Many parents are concerned about the potential impact of today’s high-tech electronic gaming and graphic digital content on their kids. Are the …

Teen Sexting – Flipping Out Is Not the Answer

January 17th, 2019


Teen sexting is happening, whether we like it or not. In some circumstances, this may be innocent behavior between two teens, adolescents just being …

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

January 10th, 2019


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 …

How to Be a Digital Role Model for Your Kids

January 3rd, 2019


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 …

The Magical Age of 13.

December 20th, 2018


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 …

The Real World Consequences of Cyberbullying

December 13th, 2018


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 …

HOOKED: How Peer Pressure Is Baked Into Social Apps

December 6th, 2018


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 …

What's Your Tech Parenting Style?

November 29th, 2018


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 …

Screen Time and the Quest for a Healthy Digital Lifestyle

November 22nd, 2018


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 …

The Internet Through Our Kids' Eyes

November 15th, 2018


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 …

Introducing Their Own Devices

November 2nd, 2018


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 …

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