What tech companies know about your kids | Veronica Barassi

https://download.ted.com/talks/VeronicaBarassi_2019X-480p.mp4?apikey=172BB350-0008The digital platforms you and your family use every day — from online games to education apps and medical portals — may be collecting and selling your children’s data, says anthropologist Veronica Barassi. Sharing her eye-opening research, Barassi urges parents to look twice at digital terms and conditions instead of blindly accepting them — and to demand protections that ensure their kids’ data doesn’t skew their future.

My story of love and loss as a transracial adoptee | Sara Jones

https://download.ted.com/talks/SaraJones_2019X-480p.mp4?apikey=172BB350-0008A mysterious tattoo on her forearm was all that linked Sara Jones, adopted as a child by white parents, to her South Korean origins. Searching for her birth family taught her that transracial adoption stories often frame new lives abroad as strokes of luck that call for endless gratitude, obscuring a far more complex reality. Through her experience of loss and discovery, Jones offers guidance on what adoptive parents can do to protect their children’s unique cultural and personal narratives.

How to raise kids who can overcome anxiety | Anne Marie Albano

https://download.ted.com/talks/AnneMarieAlbano_2020P-480p.mp4?apikey=172BB350-0008Growing up means facing new challenges — but for some kids, uncertain situations lead to anxiety that parents often seek to soothe. Psychologist Anne Marie Albano explains how constantly rushing to fix a child’s problems can perpetuate a lifelong cycle of dependence and resentment — and shares why a healthy dose of risk helps kids cultivate lasting confidence.

How to co-parent as allies, not adversaries | Ebony Roberts and Shaka Senghor

https://download.ted.com/talks/EbonyRobertsandShakaSenghor_2019X-480p.mp4?apikey=172BB350-0008When Shaka Senghor and Ebony Roberts ended their relationship, they made a pact to protect their son from its fallout. What resulted was a poetic meditation on what it means to raise a child together, yet apart. In this moving and deeply personal talk, Senghor and Roberts share their approach to co-parenting — an equal, active partnership that rolls with the punches and revels in the delights of guiding their child through the world with thought and intention.

How understanding divorce can help your marriage | Jeannie Suk Gersen

https://download.ted.com/talks/JeannieSukGersen_2019W-480p.mp4?apikey=172BB350-0008To understand what makes marriages work, we need to talk about why they sometimes end, says family law professor Jeannie Suk Gersen. Follow along as she lays out three ways that thinking about marital decisions through the lens of divorce can help you better navigate togetherness from the beginning.

The beautiful, hard work of co-parenting | Joel Leon

https://download.ted.com/talks/JoelLeon_2019W-480p.mp4?apikey=172BB350-0008“Co-parenting” isn’t a buzzword — it’s a way of showing up for your family openly, consistently and lovingly, says storyteller and father Joel Leon. In this moving talk, he challenges all parents to play an equal, active role in their children’s daily lives, even in a world that often places the weight of sacrifice on mothers alone. Leon encourages nuanced conversations about parenting and reminds us that being a parent isn’t a responsibility — it’s an opportunity.

How changing your story can change your life | Lori Gottlieb

https://download.ted.com/talks/LoriGottlieb_2019S-480p.mp4?apikey=172BB350-0008Stories help you make sense of your life — but when these narratives are incomplete or misleading, they can keep you stuck instead of providing clarity. In an actionable talk, psychotherapist and advice columnist Lori Gottlieb shows how to break free from the stories you’ve been telling yourself by becoming your own editor and rewriting your narrative from a different point of view.

The psychological impact of child separation at the US-Mexico border | Luis H. Zayas

https://download.ted.com/talks/LuisHZayas_2019S-480p.mp4?apikey=172BB350-0008How does psychological trauma affect children’s developing brains? In this powerful talk, social worker Luis H. Zayas discusses his work with refugees and asylum-seeking families at the US-Mexico border. What emerges is a stunning analysis of the long-term impact of the US’s controversial detention and child separation policies — and practical steps for how the country can do better.

An app that helps incarcerated people stay connected to their families | Marcus Bullock

https://download.ted.com/talks/MarcusBullock_2019S-480p.mp4?apikey=172BB350-0008Over his eight-year prison sentence, Marcus Bullock was sustained by his mother’s love — and by the daily letters and photos she sent of life on the outside. Years later, as an entrepreneur, Bullock asked himself: How can I make it easier for all families to stay connected during incarceration? Enter FlikShop: an app he developed that lets families send quick postcards to loved ones in prison and help keep open a critical line of support.

How we can eliminate child sexual abuse material from the internet | Julie Cordua

https://download.ted.com/talks/JulieCordua_2019-480p.mp4?apikey=172BB350-0008Social entrepreneur Julie Cordua works on a problem that isn’t easy to talk about: the sexual abuse of children in images and videos on the internet. At Thorn, she’s building technology to connect the dots between the tech industry, law enforcement and government — so we can swiftly end the viral distribution of abuse material and rescue children faster. Learn more about how this scalable solution could help dismantle the communities normalizing child sexual abuse around the world today. (This ambitious plan is part of the Audacious Project, TED’s initiative to inspire and fund global change.)