Tech Education For Parents: 10 Resources To Support Your Digital Parenting in the New Year | Janell Burley Hofmann | 3 Min Read

A critical component to digital parenting is our own education and engagement. It’s hard to teach our children digital literacy, media criticism, and to build healthy family iRules if we aren’t feeling solid and supported in opportunities and avenues for our own learning. One of the greatest gifts of this moment is that there is so much access to good, quality information around tech health and digital well-being for families, as well as specific tools, tutorials, and explainers. The surge in our children’s tech use has certainly unveiled a surge in individuals and organizations who want to educate and support us as we lead our families. 

Below is my go-to list of work that informs and supports my own as well as people and places I’ve turned to over the years in my own digital parenting journey. Some are more foundational, research-based, and theoretical, while others are “grab and go”, quick and easy for a family’s everyday use of tech. I respect the approaches below as well as the way it is offered to families and communities. 

I always encourage families to seek and create their own “team” in parenting so that no one has to go at it…

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Janell Burley Hofmann

Janell Burley Hofmann is an international author, speaker and consultant specializing on the topics of technology, media, health, relationships and well-being. Janell is the creator of the original iPhone contract and a thought leader in the space of digital mindfulness, digital parenting and intentional use of tech. She is the author of the book, iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing Up published by Rodale, Inc. Janell is the founder of the Slow Tech Movement and iRules Academy. Janell has worked on four continents across diverse demographics, cultures, religions, and socioeconomics. Sensitive to the needs of each community, Janell works with schools, youth, families, educators, and organizations while offering private coaching and consulting sessions. Janell’s professional expertise and personal experience as a mother of five children builds strong connections with a wide and varied population. Janell engages readers, clients and audiences in relevant and meaningful conversations igniting personal empowerment, awareness and purpose in a partnership that will positively impact all. Janell’s academic background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Media Studies, a Master’s Degree in Critical and Creative Thinking and she is currently working towards her licensure in mental health counseling. Her featured talks include two-time TEDx presenter, SxSW, YPO Southeast Asia Summit, Peace Corp Workshop Leader, Homecoming Day Nagoya University, Nagoya Japan, YPO Middle East Tour, Women2Women International Summit and MIT Strata Center. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Good Morning America, USA Today, National Public Radio, BBC News and The Associated Press.