Josh Ochs is the author of the book “Light, Bright And Polite” and he travels the country training 30,000 Teens and Tweens each year.
He shows kids how to use social media to create a portfolio of accomplishments that impress colleges and employers. He also speaks to thousands of parents each year to bring them up to speed on how they can have a dialog with their kids about social media safety.
Josh’s speeches include tips on digital citizenship and cyber bullying. He gives separate speeches to parents and students that include dozens of examples they can use to improve their digital footprint.
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See what students said after the social media safety presentation:
@JoshOchs Thanks for coming to Girard High School, I really enjoyed how you engaged your audience as a speaker. And the tips were great too!
— Jaxon Pryer (@JaxonFXPryer)
Tips from @JoshOchs. Keep things “light, bright, & polite!” Great thing to remember when tweeting.
— Jessica Leitch (@jessleitch)
@JoshOchs You did a wonderful job speaking at GHS today! I really appreciate the pointers and I know it will help me. Thank you!
— Alexandria (@A_Tippie_25)
@JoshOchs thanks for giving the pros and cons of apps like this to help parents and educators!
— Sharon Peterson (@Batlady18)
@JoshOchs you had an awesome presentation today :)!
— Kerensa (@KerensaGoscha)
Oh, & a big thanks to @JoshOchs for visiting Girard schools today! Learned so much, & have many changes to be made to my social media ways
— carly (@CarlyHeatherly)
Josh’s speaking style reaches Teens and Tweens as they use his key phrase long after the speech is over. See what they say after his speech on Twitter:
@JoshOchs Be nothing less than light bright and polite
— Payton Fahler (@Pay__fay) Oct 9, 2014
Oh, & a big thanks to @JoshOchs I hope my tweets are light, bright, and polite.
— Maya (@what_maya_who) Oct 11, 2014
Light, Bright and Polite for teens teaches these tips
- Real examples that teens can instantly use
- How to post pictures the next day – instead of during an event
- How to be a good friend (Avoid posting pics that might hurt your friends)
- How to stay out of trouble on social media
- Snapchats can be recorded, saved and forwarded (Only send videos and pics you are proud of your parents and teachers discovering)
- Teens learn that teachers, parents, coaches and non-friends eventually can view all of their posts
- Light = Positive and fun
- Bright = Smart, Think first
- Polite = You’re proud of it when your parents, teachers and coach sees it
- Dramatic friends can post pics that can get you in trouble (and sent to the school office)
- Check your privacy settings regularly
- Tip: When people are mean to you…be Light, Bright and Polite back to them
- Tip: Social media is not your sounding board or a place to vent. Don’t share your dating status or drama.
- Tip: If you get upset, then call someone. Don’t post it on social media.
- Tip: Everything’s public
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Josh teaches kids of all ages that everything they post on social media will eventually be discovered by their parents, teachers, their school Principal and someday their future employers. He shows families and teenagers practical examples they can use to always keep it “Light, Bright and Polite” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, text messages and in everyday conversations with their peers.
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About Josh Ochs
Josh Ochs is the author of 6 books that teach people how to shine online and he teaches Tweens and Teens how to be safe and smart on social media.
In 2009, Josh was nearly elected to city council in Hermosa Beach, CA, gaining 70% of the votes required to win a seat in the local election against the incumbent Mayor. As the youngest person on the ballot with limited resources, Josh assembled a grassroots team to help him walk to over 3,000 homes to meet voters on their doorsteps and followup using social media. Josh and his Team set a standard for politicians, professionals and families nationwide on how they can be safe and effective on social media.
Josh has been quoted and featured as a source in Forbes, CBS News, KTLA, KFWB radio, is a guest lecturer at USC and UCLA and a frequent personality on radio shows nationwide. He lives and works in Los Angeles where he was born and raised.
“Your posts are like buttons on an elevator…they take you up, or they take you down”
– Josh Ochs