Teodora Pavkovic

Parenting in the Age of Technology

Educating, engaging and empowering children, adults and corporations by helping them become emotionally smart and digitally well.

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Helping you stay present, emotionally connected and focused in the Digital Age. 

ABOUT ME

I am a New York-based psychologist, parenting coach and speaker with over a decade of international experience helping both children and adults improve their emotional and mental well-being.

The practical workshops, inspiring talks and in-depth one-on-one sessions I conduct with my clients focus on raising emotional awareness, connecting with inner strengths and learning how to use technology in mindful and intentional ways as individuals, families and workplaces.

I first became interested in Parenting in the Age of Technology in 2016. While living in Singapore, where I practiced as a vision therapist and a psychotherapist, I began to suddenly notice children all around me glued to screens. Whether while sitting in the bus, at the dinner table in a restaurant or while being pushed around in a stroller, moments when children would typically be connected to their parents were suddenly becoming moments when they were connected to screen-based devices instead.

This got me wondering: What happens to the parent-child connection when you insert a device in between?

It is still too early in this tech-connected revolution to answer this question, but my mission has become to educate both children and parents about the importance of safety, connection, attention and affection - the pillars of not just healthy child development, but any healthy relationship too. My approach involves first helping you - the parent - quieten down the outside distractions of technology and manage your own thoughts and emotions, and by doing so, reconnect with your child. Parenting is the ultimate challenge, but parenting in the age of technology is a whole other endeavor.

As the infiltration of technology has spread to absolutely all areas of our life, so too has the need for me to reach ever wider and more diverse audiences, and so I not only speak at schools and with parents, but in workplaces and other corporate settings as well.

To learn more about my professional and academic background and find out how I can help you, please explore my website and get in touch.

 
Academic Background
  • BSc Psychology (UMUC)

  • MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology (Bangor University, U.K.)

  • Professional Diploma in Psychotherapy (The School of Positive Psychology, Singapore)

  • Strategic Intervention Certificate (Robbins Madanes Training, U.S.)

Prof. Memberships
Workshop Themes
  • Emotional Intelligence training for teachers, therapists, parents and children

  • Positive psychology & mindfulness training for children

  • Building resilience in children: training for parents and teachers

  • Adolescence: the challenges and opportunities

  • Self-expression: improving authenticity, connectedness and communication

  • Building self-esteem & confidence

Talks & Interviews
  • "Device connected=Human Disconnected" The impact of technology on our brains and relationships

  • "The impact of tech on children and their future"

  • "Thinking positively and the science behind positive psychology"

In ACTION

 

NEWS & EVENTS

Virtual:

The Next Step_ Solutions to the Dilemma

The Next Step: Solutions to the Dilemma

> October 29th 7:00 - 8:30pm EST <

38 million households have seen The Social Dilemma and know that we've made a bit of a mess with how we've designed, implemented and are now consuming our technology.

No one feels the repercussions of this more than the youngest members of our society.

Please join me and Turning Life On founder Adrienne Principe, as we host an incredible line-up of diverse speakers who will be addressing the questions and concerns of youth and their parents specifically.

You will have the opportunity to not only hear them speak during a panel discussion but to also join them in smaller breakout rooms and get your specific questions answered.

Selection of Past Events:

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Seen the movie? Now join the conversation!

> September 14th @ 8:00pm EST<

This documentary shines a light on the importance of Digital Citizenship in our evolving world, and it's a great starting point for a conversation about how we can take positive action to enhance our digital creation and consumption.

If you are interested in learning how to do exactly that, tune into the Digital Flourishing™ dialogue on 9/14 to hear from the film director, Jeff Orlowski, and our two amazing panels of Digital Wellness industry leaders.

Made of Millions: Original Live Series on Mental Health

- Teodora Talks Tech -

In my first series I addressed Digital Wellness, in the second Positive Psychology, and in Series 3 I shared my top 5 Self-Care Practices.

>> Series 3: The Self-Care Toolbox <<

Click on the button bellow to go to the Made of Millions You Tube channel and watch any of the 15 videos from all 3 series.

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Surfing the Tsunami of Change: Coping with Trauma, Stress and Anxiety

> August 13th 2020 <

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf

Jon Kabat-Zinn

I am so honored to be taking part in this summit, and so excited to share it with you!

 

"Surfing the Tsunami of Change" features talks with Harville Hendrix, Gary Kraftsow, Amy Scher, Richard Miller, Elizabeth Lesser, Bob Roth and more, plus there are exclusive featured meditations and guided processes included. In addition, the Wisdom Feed team has assembled a great series of bonuses for the upgrade packages that we know will be of help to you and your community.

*The registration button will help you register via my affiliate link.

Digital Independence: Obligation, Consent & Wellness

Beside the interruptions and distractions caused by digital communication, a major complaint people all around the world report is the sense of obligation that social media, in particular, imposes. In this webinar, we will take a closer look at this 'obligation phenomenon' and talk about it in the context of Digital Wellness [what it is and how we can practice it] and we'll explore the importance of consent when it comes to building up our Digital Independence.

For our fun and stimulating breakaway sessions, we are going to explore 4 pieces of innovative technology design and discuss their pros and cons. We'll be sharing our thoughts and feelings about the implementation of these technologies, and ultimately cast a vote on whether we think this piece of technology should become widely used.

This webinar is for: High school students, college students, and those who work with students.

 > Thursday July 23rd 2020 3:00pm EST <

"You don't need another videoconference, but you could use some good conversation."

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HUMANITECH

> June 17th & 18th 2020 <

Coming together for the very first time, a diverse community of over 25 thought leaders will be engaging in conversation at the very first inaugural virtual Digital Wellness conference.

Together with my organizing partners I am thrilled to bring you architects, poets, neuroscientists and tech ethicists who will answer some of the most pressing questions around the impact of technology design, implementation and consumption on humanity.

50% of our ticket proceeds will be donated to a women and children's charity in NYC, so please purchase a ticket and share this event with your community.

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

SERVICES

I work one-on-one with children, parents and adults with non-parenting issues. I help my clients develop digital wellness practices, parent in the age of technology and improve their emotional health and well-being. 

Group Work

I deliver tailor-made workshops, talks and trainings to teams at schools, universities, workplaces and cultural institutions. 

Public Speaking

I frequently speak at conferences, on expert panels and am often invited for interviews on podcasts and in documentary films.

Individual Work

 RECOMMENDED READING & FREE RESOURCES 

Children & Parenting:

"The Optimistic Child," by Martin E. P. Seligman

"Brainstorm," by Daniel J. Siegel

"The Whole-Brain Child," by Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson

"No-Drama Discipline," by Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson

"Parenting from the Inside Out," by Daniel J. Siegel & Mary Hartzell

"Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child," by John Gottman with Joan Declaire

"The Empathy Effect," Helen Riess with Liz Neporent

Neuroscience:

"The Brain That Changes Itself," by Norman Doidge

"Wired to Connect," by Amy Banks with Leigh Hirschman

Positive Psychology:

"The Myths of Happiness," by Sonja Lyubomirsky

"The How of Happiness," by Sonja Lyubomirsky 

"Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience," by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

"The Art of Gathering," by Priya Parker

"Mindset: The New Psychology of Success," by Carol S. Dweck

"Hector and the Search for Happiness," Francois Lelord

Self-development:

"The Person You Mean to Be," by Dolly Chugh

"Why Him? Why Her?," by Helen Fisher

"Quiet," by Susan Cain

"Man's Search for Meaning," by Viktor E. Frankl

"The Schopenhauer Cure," by Irvin D. Yalom

"When Nietzsche Wept," by Irvin D. Yalom

The Guide to Responsible Technology

All Tech Is Human, headed by tech ethicist David Ryan Polgar, is committed to informing and inspiring the next generation of responsible technologists and changemakers and has released its guide to the responsible technology field, with NYU’s Alliance for Public Interest Technology as its education partner.

I was part of the global team of 30+ volunteers who contributed to the creation of this invaluable resource, and am incredibly honored to have also been featured in the Guide in the "Collaborator Journey" section.

This document - the first of its kind - is aimed at college students, grad students, and young professionals looking for inroads into the growing responsible tech field. Pressing issues including misinformation, algorithmic bias, facial recognition and many others have heightened the need for a new crop of dynamic interdisciplinary thinkers. The guide provides a comprehensive overview of the topics, organizations, and new careers emerging in the responsible tech space, and can be accessed at ResponsibleTechGuide.com.

If you have any questions about the Guide or are interested in connecting with any of our featured collaborators or leaders, please get in touch with me via my Contact form below.

 
 
 

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