3 good TEDx talks about kids and technology

There is so very much to think about when it comes to our kids and technology, and three people who have made the topic the subject of their career have tackled different aspects of that conversation in their TEDx talks.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience and to spark deep discussion and connection. Here are 3 good TEDx talks about kids and technology.

Teach Kids to Code by Torgeir Waterhouse


“If they are going to build that future for us,” Torgeir Waterhouse says in this TEDx talk given in Oslo earlier this year, “they have to learn to code.” He founded an organization dedicated to advancing coding education in Norway. He says of it, "One of the things we wanted to do was, quite simply, help kids understand and master their own role in the digital society … because my kids can’t learn from my childhood how to handle being online 24/7 … and [how to] be creative and create with the technology versus just being a user.”

Empathy is the App: Raising Thoughtful Kids in the Digital Age by Devorah Heitner


Devorah Heitner, PhD, is the founder and director of Raising Digital Natives, a resource for parents and schools seeking advice on how help children thrive in a world of digital connectedness. She delivered this talk at TEDx Naperville in December 2014.

She also makes the great point that "even though kids have tech savvy, they still want some mentorship. They need our mentorship, in fact, more than they need monitoring."

My favorite lines: "Empathy is the app."

Technology Addiction and What you Can do About It by Ben Halpert

Ben Halpert is Vice President, Risk and Corporate Security for Ionic Security and Founder and President of Savvy Cyber Kids, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization he founded in 2007 to provide innovative cyber ethics resources to assist parents and teachers as children grow up online. He gave this talk at TEDxSaintThomas.

"Keep those lines of communication open with your children so that when they encounter something that they've never seen before and don't understand what it is, they come to you because you've previously had that discussion and it's part of your everyday life," he advises.

My favorite piece of advice: do not let your children take their phone to bed. "When children bring their devices to bed, they do not sleep," he says. I've long said that instead of having phones charge in the kitchen, parents should keep them in their rooms at night, where kids do not have access to them.

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