Dr. 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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    MONDAY, May 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- High school football players are more likely to suffer more symptoms after a concussion, and to need more recovery time than their college counterparts, a new study finds.

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    MONDAY, May 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The more teens see alcohol brands on TV shows, the greater the chances they'll choose those brands, a new study finds.

    Researchers looked at alcohol product placement on 10 popular TV shows. They found an average of two pl...Full Article

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    MONDAY, May 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Small children riding in taxis often aren't in a car safety seat, putting them at risk for injury and death in an accident, U.S. researchers warn.

    All 50 states require young children to be in car safety seats when traveli...Full Article

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    SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children are being diagnosed with autism at younger ages since the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) made changes to their diagnosis guidelines in 2007, a new study says.

    The AAP guidelines now advise doctors to screen all children for autis...Full Article

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    SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children of gay fathers are as well-adjusted as kids of heterosexual parents, a new survey finds.

    Roughly 31,000 male couples are raising children in the United States, and little is known about the well-being of those kids, the researchers sai...Full Article

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    SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Discovering that a child with autism has wandered away from the safety of home would be a terrifying moment for any parent.

    Now, a new study reports that one-third of children on the autism spectrum engage in wanderin...Full Article

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    MONDAY, May 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There has been a sharp increase in the number of U.S. children who have been hospitalized with fireworks-related burns since sales restrictions on fireworks have been eased, a new study finds.

    Researchers analyzed national...Full Article

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    MONDAY, May 2, 2016 (Healthday News) -- For some kids, playgrounds aren't all fun and games. Playground-related brain injuries have risen significantly in the United States over the last decade, health officials say.

    Despite improvements in playground safety and...Full Article

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    SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children living in an area of New York state that uses aerial pesticides to control mosquitoes have a higher rate of autism than children in neighboring areas, a new study finds.

    Researchers found that children living in a swampy region in cent...Full Article

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    SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of American kids suffering from asthma and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is on the increase, with poor children being hit the hardest, researchers report.

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    SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of face-to-face taunting and cyberbullying may greatly increase the risk that victims will become bullies themselves, a new study suggests.

    "Students who are victimized are more likely to exhibit aggressive behaviors towards other...Full Article

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    FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you find yourself reaching into a bag of chips and you know you're not hungry, maybe you're just bored instead, new research suggests.

    British researchers conducted two experiments to see how boredom affects people's food choices.

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    FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many underage Americans down jello shots, and these young drinkers are more likely to binge drink, drink heavily and get into alcohol-fueled fights, researchers say.

    The Boston University researchers surveyed more than 1,000 alcohol users, aged 1...Full Article

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    FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Money problems and domestic violence appear to be linked, but it's not clear whether one leads to the other, researchers report.

    "What we don't know yet is whether financial stress makes a violent couple more violent, or is financial stress enoug...Full Article

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    FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Teens are more likely to give electronic cigarettes a try if they attend schools where use of the devices is common, a new study suggests.

    The researchers found that differences in e-cigarette use between schools increased over time. This finding...Full Article