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Our K-12 Digital Citizenship Solutions Protect 81,000 Students So They Can Shine Online

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Learn hidden features of trending teen apps on your kid's phone

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Teen-led video lessons

Engage your students to learn from other Teens

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Screen Time & Online Bullying Stats

9 Hours

9 hours is the average screen time for teens and preteens per day


9 out of 10 teens have seen someone get bullied online or experienced bullying themselves


67% of teenagers say they know how to hide what they do online from their parents


43% of teens say they would change their online behavior if they knew their parents were watching them

Who We Serve

We focus on helping adults become the most informed parent on the block to keep their students safe online so the student can shine online

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Parent & Teacher Social Media Resources

With the current digital divide it's more important than ever to teach your students with our digital citizenship curriculum so they can improve their digital footprint and reduce their screen time with online games.

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School District Digital Citizenship Curriculum Resources

Our digital literacy program helps school districts protect their community and teach students how to shine online with their digital footprint. Our programs compliment Common Sense Media and can be embedded in the classroom and also viewed at home with parents. We even offer professional development for school staff.

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Student Resources

Students, we know you are looking for ways to be good digital citizens so you can use technology to get job, college application and/or a summer job. Our resources show students how to optimize their Google results to help them build a positive online digital footprint, high school resume, and the chance to open up opportunities for a bright digital future.

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Listen To Our Smart Social Podcast Episodes

Get the latest digital citizenship resources and listen anywhere. Expert safety guests and social media app reviews will help you stay informed on the latest media literacy and common sense updates!

We understand your struggles and can help your student create a positive online identity

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We take a positive approach to social media safety with fun and easy to follow videos and trainings

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Our digital citizenship lessons help students avoid mishaps by teaching them to use their smartphones with a purpose instead of a past-time



We find that teaching digital citizenship helps a student to better manage their screen time and safety when the parents aren't around. Also our program helps parents get ahead of online dangers

Created by Josh Ochs and his team— A team of parents passionate about helping students shine online while safeguarding their social media activities

Josh's techniques help students use their devices with a purpose, not just a pastime. He gives students digital citizenship skills to impress future colleges and employers by creating a positive high school resume using their social media accounts so they can shine online.


Parents and educators use our social media safety message each year


Resources and training guides for parents and students of all ages


Families across the country watch our videos at home & school each year


Our SmartSocial App Keeps Parents & Educators Updated On Social Media

SmartSocial helps 1.5 million people each year to keep their students safe and positive on social media. Our app puts expert tips and app guides in your pocket to be accessible anytime and anywhere.

We believe every family and school should have a social media plan, regardless of their income or budget. That's why we offer hundreds of free, professionally built resources, for students of every age.

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Josh Ochs has directly presented to over 250,000 students (before Covid). Our monthly VIP member events keep parents updated all year long, and ahead of social media dangers

Josh teaches parents & students of all ages that everything they post on social media will eventually be discovered by colleges and employers. He shows families and teenagers practical examples they can use to always keep it “Light, Bright & Polite™” to help them Shine Online.

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What Attendees & Members Are Saying

The SmartSocial programs teach adults the essentials of social media and how to work with students to stay safe online.

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Good info for any parent or educator who wants to learn about the 30 bad apps for teens. Keep up the good work!


Kristen J.

Parent Webinar Attendee

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Thanks for the program. Tons of great info that can help me keep my students safe.


Cindy T.

Parent Webinar Attendee

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Josh's presentation about social media was unbelievably fantastic. Our students learned so much about what kids should and shouldn't be doing. The fact that it is such a thoughtful process made it all worthwhile.


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Educator Webinar Attendee

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This webinar is a very helpful eye-opener on the apps that are popular with my students.


Irene C.

Educator Webinar Attendee

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You hear all of these things about what kids are doing online and it was great to understand the things that are hidden behind the scenes on these popular apps. We are definitely better off now. Thank you for the presentation.



Parent Webinar Attendee

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I really love the emphasis on having a dialogue. This presentation gives parents the tools to be able to communicate with their children effectively about what matters most. 


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Educator Webinar Attendee

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I'm a counselor and Josh's presentation was fabulous and very very informative.



Educator Webinar Attendee

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This is great info, thanks for giving me some ideas on how to start a dialogue with my teen!


Sharon M.

Parent Webinar Attendee

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I watched this presentation because I don't know anything about social media. Now I can teach my kids.



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