Gwenn O'Keeffe

Bio

Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, M.D., F.A.A.P., pediatrician, author, parenting and social media expert, is CEO of Pediatrics Now, a health and communications company dedicated to providing reliable information to today’s busy families. The popular parenting website Pediatrics Now  and nationally syndicated blog Dr. Gwenn Is In are the cornerstones of Pediatrics Now’s work.

Dr. Gwenn is one of the most highly sought after child health and cyber safety experts seen and heard in the media today, with regular appearances in print, online, radio, TV, and in community and national events as an invited speaker. As a writer and quoted expert, Dr. Gwenn has been featured in USA Today, Reuters, Chicago Sun Times, LiveStrong.org, iVillage, and MomLogic, among others. Her TV work includes appearances on NECN, FoxNews Boston, ABC News, Nancy Grace, and Good Morning America. She has been an invited speaker to a multitude of groups including local parenting groups, book stores, libraries, the AAP, the National Association of Medical Communicators, and the Family Online Safety Institute. Dr. O’Keeffe also contributes material and advice to a myriad of corporate groups including WebMD, Symantec, Yahoo!, and Facebook. 

As a Fellow and National Spokeswoman of the American Academy of Pediatrics, she’s on 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 speaks often to the media on behalf of the AAP about the impact of the digital world on today’s kids.

Dr. Gwenn’s newly released book, CyberSafe (10/1/2010, 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 empower 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.

Specialties:

  • pediatrics

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    FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Free school breakfasts may help low-income students do better in the classroom, a new study suggests.

    Students at elementary schools that offered free breakfast had 25 percent better math grades, and similarly higher reading and science grades, t...Full Article

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    THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More isn't necessarily better for teens when it comes to homework, a new study finds.

    About an hour a day is ideal, and doing homework alone and regularly yielded the best results, Spanish researchers report.

    "The conclusion is that whe...Full Article

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    THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Conventional wisdom says that abused children often grow up to be abusive parents, but a 30-year study of American families suggests it's more complicated than that.

    In one striking finding, researchers uncovered little evidence that physical a...Full Article

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    WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism tend to have more gastrointestinal problems early in life compared to other children, a new study finds.

    Researchers compared these GI symptoms -- such as diarrhea, constipation and food allergy/intolerance -- during the f...Full Article

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    TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Packing school lunches that kids will like and are easy to eat can be a challenge, according to Amy Reed, a registered dietitian at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

    Even when parents carefully craft sandwiches into fun shapes, stack fruit kabobs...Full Article

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    WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to common air pollutants before birth may make children more likely to have the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other thinking and behavioral problems, a small new study suggests.

    "Exposure to air poll...Full Article

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    TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young baseball players feel pressure from parents or coaches to continue playing despite arm pain, and many parents are unaware of guidelines to reduce injury risk, a pair of recent studies found.

    "Kids are playing harder and longer in more leag...Full Article

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    TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children are at greatest risk of being hit by a car at the end of the school day, as well as in the evening, a new study finds.

    One expert wasn't surprised by the findings.

    The after-school hours are "times when adult supervision may not...Full Article

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    MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The more that Mexican-American children adopt mainstream U.S. culture, the greater their risk for type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests.

    Researchers looked at almost 150 Mexican-American children from North Texas. The kids were between the ages o...Full Article

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    MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adopted children tend to have a slightly higher IQ than siblings who remained with their biological parents, a recent study found.

    The difference between siblings -- equivalent to about four IQ points -- appears to stem from higher average educat...Full Article

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    MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children whose parents smoke may be at greater risk of developing heart disease when they're adults than children of nonsmoking parents, a new study says.

    The study included people in Finland whose exposure as children to parents' smoke was measu...Full Article

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    MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), receiving more family-centered, compassionate care may be more effective than standard care, a new study found.

    Researchers compared two types of "collaborative care," in which s...Full Article

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    MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Getting a professional chef's input improves the fruit and vegetable selection in school cafeterias, leading students to eat more of those healthy foods, a new study finds.

    "The results highlight the importance of focusing on the palatability of ...Full Article

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    FRIDAY, March 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- It's that time of year when college students flock to warm, sunny spots to celebrate spring break, but a new study shows the roads become a lot less safe once they arrive.

    The overall death toll from car crashes in these popular destinations was ...Full Article

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    FRIDAY, March 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Want your child to relax and perform well at that next school swim meet? Try not to raise the bar too high in terms of your own expectations, a new study suggests.

    "You might think that's a really positive thing for the child, but that's creatin...Full Article