Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe, M.D., F.A.A.P., pediatrician, author, parenting and digital media expert, is CEO of Pediatrics Now, a health and communications company dedicated to providing reliable information to today’s busy families about the online and offline world of today’s busy and digital kids. The popular parenting website Pediatrics Now is the cornerstone of Pediatrics Now’s work.
As one of the most highly sought after child health and cyber safety experts seen and heard in the media today, Dr. Gwenn is a frequent guest expert on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nancy Grace, NECN, and FoxNews Boston. Her expertise has also been featured in Parents, Parenting, USA Today, Reuters, Chicago Sun Times, Livestrong.org, iVillage, and MomLogic. In addition, Dr. Gwenn is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post for their Parenting and Education pages on topics that cover a variety of digital issues impacting kids and families.
Because of her expertise on the evolving digital world and its impact on kids and families, Dr. Gwenn is a popular and highly sought after corporate spokesperson and keynote speaker. She has been an invited speaker to a multitude of groups across the country including local parenting groups, bookstores, libraries, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of Medical Communicators, and the Family Online Safety Institute. Recent professional appearances include grand round and keynote addresses at Miami Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and King’s Daughter Children’s Hospital, Norfolk, VA.
As a Fellow and National Spokeswoman of the American Academy of Pediatrics, she’s a past member of the Executive Committee of the Council on Communications and Media where she’s represented the AAP at the FTC’s Protecting Kids’ Privacy Online: Reviewing The COPPA Rule (June 2010); authored the AAP’s social media parenting tips and the Social Media Clinical Report (Pediatrics, April 2011); and speaks often to the media on behalf of the AAP about the impact of the digital world on today’s kids.
Dr. Gwenn’s book, CyberSafe: Protecting and Empowering Kids in the Digital World of Texting, Gaming, and Social Media (2010, AAP Publishing), continues her journey to help parents keep their kids safe online. The first of its kind on the market by a media-pediatrician, CyberSafe empowers parents to participate with their digital kids and teens by understanding how and why they use the digital world.
Dr. Gwenn lives in a Massachusetts with her husband and very digital teenage daughters who have taught her more about the online world of kids than any study ever could.