Time:  Oct 19, 2022
Location:  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location:  Virtual

How can my teen “connect” better with peers? My children are texting with a lot of acronyms, emojis and memes instead of full-sentences…will this diminish their ability to communicate effectively? Do the constant notifications and alerts interfere with my kids’ ability to learn the natural flow of conversation? What strategies will help all of us experience better and safer online communication?

Children and Screens’ #AskTheExperts webinar “PITR, IKR?: Youth and Communication in the Digital Age,” held on October 19, 2022 at 12pm via Zoom, gathered researchers, psychologists and communications experts to discuss the ways that the new digital world has changed the “how” and the “what” of youth interactions. This webinar featured the latest research (and perspectives from teens themselves) on trends in youth digital communication and tips to assist children in creating positive and connection-centered communication online or offline.

p.s. PITR = Parents In The Room, and IKR = I Know, Right? But you knew that. Right?


  • Ann Cameron, PhD

    Honorary Emerita Professor of Psychology; Emerita Professor University of British Columbia; University of New Brunswick, Canada
  • Sherry Turkle, PhD

    Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology; Founding Director, MIT Initiative on Technology and Self Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Sebastian Wachs, PhD

    Deputy Professor for Education and Socialization Theory; Honorary Research Fellow University of Potsdam; Anti-Bullying Centre
  • Richard Guerry

    Founder and Executive Director Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication (IROC2)

Video and Resources

Watch a recording of the webinar "PITR, IKR?: Youth and Communication in the Digital Age," read the transcript, and view other related content in Learn and Explore.