Navigating digital world  

Tech researcher Dr. Alexandra Samuel will be presenting Hacking Parenthood: The Three Worlds of Digital Parenting.

Navigating digital world  

How to approach your child’s use of technology is one of the most challenging issues parents face today.

The Fraser Valley Regional Library presents Hacking Parenthood: The Three Worlds of Digital Parenting, with tech researcher Dr. Alexandra Samuel, as a free event in Maple Ridge.

Samuel will explore how to navigate the world of parenting in the 21st Century. Her study of 10,000 North American parents shows that there are three distinct styles of digital parenting. Enablers give their kids free reign on the web, while limiters impose strict boundaries.

Dr. Samuel encourages parents to be digital mentors, who actively guide their kids through the digital world.

“It’s not our job as parents to put away the phones. It’s our job to take out the phones and teach our kids how to use them,” she asserts.

She reveals how parents, educators and the community can manage kids’ use of technology to help them develop the foundation for a successful life both on- and off-line.

A sought-after speaker, she has presented at numerous conferences, including South by Southwest 2016 and the Dalai Lama’s Centre’s 2015 conference, Connecting in a Digital World.

Dr. Samuel is the author of Work Smarter with Social Media and writes on technology and business for the Wall Street Journal, JSTOR Daily and the Harvard Business Review. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

To learn more about the presenter, visit http://alexandrasamuel.com or follow her on Twitter @awsamuel. For more information on this FVRL event, go to www.fvrl.bc.ca/hackingparenthood.php. The event will be held on Tuesday, June 7 at 7 p.m. at The ACT Arts Centre (11944 Haney Place).