“All my friends have a phone, when can I have one?”
Your kid has just asked you for a phone, and you’re freaking out.
They’ve been bugging you to buy them a phone for months. Maybe you even got them a phone already, and now you’re not so sure it was a good decision. You spend more time fighting about their phone than talking to each other.
What are they doing on there?
You’ve considered getting your kid a phone, but you’re scared—they’ll have access to literally the entire world at the swipe of a screen.
You’re worried about cyberbullying, naughty pictures, and endless text messages.
You don’t want to raise a screen-addicted kid who has trouble looking people in the eye.
You want to keep your kid safe, healthy, and happy. You want to trust that they can be responsible with their phone, without spying on them or having a screaming match.
Phonewise Boot Camp is a 4-week online course that prepares you and your child for their first phone.
After Phonewise Boot Camp
You'll know the right words to use when talking with your kids about phones so that no one storms out of the room in tears.
You'll notice how kids respond to mentoring and monitoring.
You'll know how your phone-addicted behavior affects your kids.
You'll be proud of the empathetic digital native you’re raising.
The idea of a phone won't be scary anymore—you’ll be ready to get curious about your kids’ interactions with technology.
We had given my 10-year old daughter a phone when she started walking to school. We wanted to be able to track her location to know she was safe. Phonewise helped give us the conversation starters and tools to have open communication with my daughter about why we were using geolocation and app filtering. I also loved being able to interact live with Devorah and get real-time feedback from her.
— Danny, father of a 10 year old daughter
Feel confident you’re teaching your child to make smart decisions on their phone, even when you’re not there.
We confidently launched my son as a new cellphone user after finishing this class! We have a system in place for green-lighting new apps and my husband, my son and I are on the same page. We loved that the course focused on realistic, everyday issues.
– Ellen Krause-Grosman
4 Weekly Modules
Evolve into a digital-savvy parent at a pace thats productive, but not overwhelming.
Where I'll walk you through this process parent-to-parent and explain every step.
To guide you through this process step-by-step. Fill out in the PDF, or print them.
DIY the class, or build your own learning community.
Take it with your book group, your spouse or parents at your school.
Reach out to me directly if you enroll with a group. For groups of 10 or more registered, I can add a live Q and A webinar. Contact me [email protected] about this option !
After you enroll, you’ll have instant access to all of the course materials immediately. While this course is designed to take four weeks, it's self-paced so that you can go as fast or slow as you'd like, based on where your family is in your digital journey.
My parenting approach is more nuanced now. I love having real, practical tools, like a parent-child phone contract to complement the philosophy and strategy of supporting learning and appreciating mistakes—even important ones—as opportunities. Phonewise lowered my anxiety level about my daughter and social media.
— Ari, father of a 11 year old daughter
Module 1 | Assessing your family's relationship with technology
You'll evaluate your personal relationship with tech, your child’s existing digital life, their key areas of strength and difficulty, and how these affect their ability to manage a phone.
Module 2 | What makes a successful cellphone communicator?
Understand the crucial skills your child needs to be a successful phone user, such as empathy, conflict resolution, setting boundaries and impulse control, and how to encourage those skills in your child.
Module 3 | Co-creating a plan – Mentoring vs. Monitoring
You'll learn the difference between mentoring and monitoring and whether you should spy. You'll also work with your child to create a phone contract that outlines boundaries and responsible phone use.
Module 4 | Pulling it all together and launch experiments
We'll cover what to do if you see something questionable on your kid’s phone, how to handle conflicts, who your kids should communicate with and, finally, why you shouldn’t be freaking out about launching your new phone user.
I was feeling overwhelmed by the technology in my 6th grader’s life; my daughter was accessing online tools and social media sites I wasn’t familiar with, and I needed to provide more guidance. Now have a framework for keeping my daughter safe and happy online.
– Michelle Golden
The short videos were incredibly helpful. Love those tidbits of wisdom! All the material is so rich that I keep circling back to it!
– Allison Joelson
I’m Devorah Heitner, and I founded Raising Digital Natives for parents and educators seeking advice on how to help children thrive in a digital world. I’m here to take the fear out of this emotionally-charged topic and help you guide your kids towards empathy, kindness, and integrity.
Since earning my Ph.D. in Media/Technology and Society from Northwestern University, I’ve been working with communities, schools and companies across the United States and beyond. I speak to schools, organizations, and corporations, lead workshops, and consult with educators on their toughest concerns in teaching kids to use tech in a smart way. My 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 and become tech-positive parents.
This is a journey that parents and children take together and this course can help you make that connection with the right questions. Loved the videos and the live classes. It's great to connect with other parents to to see what other parents are experiencing and know that I am not alone!
– Tina Shepardson