About SmartSocial.com: We teach the world how to shine online

Our videos and speeches help students, parents and professionals to be smart  (while still having fun!) on social media.

We at SmartSocial.com believe that the internet can be a good thing, but there are a lot of misconceptions about how families should approach it. Our team helps to bring families up to speed on their digital footprint.

The Smart Social Team

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Josh Ochs, Founder and Digital Citizenship Author

Josh Ochs

With a background in marketing at Disney and a love for all things technology, Josh Ochs combines both to help teens and tweens use social media as a portfolio of positive accomplishments. Josh has traveled the nation speaking to over 300,000 students (pre Covid), sharing with them tips they can use to create a positive online presence. Josh’s book: “Light, Bright and Polite for Teens” teaches students of all ages that everything they post on social media will eventually be discovered by their parents, teachers, their school Principal and someday colleges and employers. He shows families and teenagers practical examples they can use to always keep it “Light, Bright and Polite” by posting photos of community volunteer projects that will help them shine online. Josh Ochs' other 5 books teach people and brands how to shine online. Watch some of his videos at SmartSocial.com/josh-ochs/

Beth Pouska, Content Manager

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Beth is a mom to two elementary and middle-school students and has a passion for helping other parents learn about the potential opportunities (and dangers) of social media for their families. Beth researches and creates content for the SmartSocial blogs, podcasts, newsletters, books, and VIP membership courses. Beth's professional work and masters degrees are in public relations and adult education and she is a veteran of the United States Air Force. She is an associate professor for the University of Arizona Global Campus teaching undergraduate classes in public relations, marketing, and management.

Andrea Troyer, Digital Marketing Assistant

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Andrea Troyer is a mom to three kids and helps with the research, editing, and creation of all our SmartSocial resources. When she’s not helping educate other parents about the opportunities and dangers of technology and social media, Andrea is volunteering at her kids’ schools and their various activities. She’s lived all over the world with her military husband and middle school and elementary school kids.

David Kaufmann, Smart Social, Inc. Non Profit Board Member and Industry Advisor

David Kaufmann, Smart Social, Inc. Non Profit Board Member and Industry Advisor

David received his Bachelor of Arts in Elementary 1-8 at Mount Union College and also has obtained his Masters of Science in Exercise Science with a focus in coaching at the University of Akron. Most recently has taken the required classes needed for an endorsement in Technology from Ashland University. David has taught elementary, middle school and high school classes in a variety of subjects over the last 19 years. The last five years he has been teaching 6th-grade digital media and 8th-grade computer programming at Claggett Middle School in Medina, Ohio. David has in the reviewed presentation submissions for ISTE National Convention along with obtaining the Google Certified Educator Level 1 recently. David has spent 23 years coaching youth, club and HS swimming. He resides with his wife and 3 girls in Medina, Ohio.

Scott Paul, Smart Social, Inc. Non Profit Board Member and Industry Advisor

Scott Paul, Smart Social, Inc. Non Profit Board Member and Industry Advisor

Scott Paul is no stranger to helping people to shine online. In 2015 he sold his influencer marketing agency to Maker Studios (a division of the Walt Disney Company) and the largest influencer network in the world at the time. His company helped some of the world's biggest influencers to work with brands and maximize their online footprint.After selling his company he then served as VP of Technology & Product at the Disney Digital Network. He leads a team of people who help Disney to shine online and influence families all over the world. Scott is a proud father of 3 and resides in Utah. He has his BS and MBA in Entrepreneurship at the University of Utah. He advises SmartSocial.com on ways we can reach more families with our digital safety message to protect families like his.