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Oakland: Expert advises parents on digital-age teens

<img class="wp-image-11228 size-full lazyload" src="" alt="funny" width="756" height="600" srcset=" 756w, 300w" sizes="(max-width: 756px) 100vw, 756px" /> Psychologist and high school counselor Erica Pelavin uses slides to make a point about social media in a speech to parents March 28 at Bishop O’Dowd High School. (David Boitano/For Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND — What do Yik Yak, Pewdiepie and Snapchat have in common? They’re all part of the intricate world of adolescent social media.

Parents at Bishop O’Dowd High School learned about that world March 28 from a psychologist who works with middle and high school students who grapple with how to use the power of the internet in a responsible manner.

Erica Pelavin and Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet cofounded My Digital TAT2 and use their therapy skills to understand and eventually decode the signals that teens give off when staring into their smartphones each day and long into the night.

Along with presenting to parents, the pair works with teens and runs focus groups to learn more about the latest online developments and trends. It was news to many parents, some of whom have never tweeted or sent photos of themselves wearing dog ears on Snapchat.


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