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During the Covid-19 school shutdown we are focusing on helping families educate (and entertain) their kids online and offline
Staying home from school doesn’t have to completely disrupt the learning process
Here are some great ideas to get your kids off their devices (while still having fun)
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TikTok is a fun and creative outlet for users to post videos, but some of the content users post contain explicit language, suggestive themes, and lewd gestures. Smart Social recommends parents monitor their student’s use of the app both for what they view and what they post.
The LINE app allows users to chat for free, make new friends, and play in a social media network filled with cute stickers and avatars. But the Smart Social team wants parents to know some important safety settings for any student using LINE.
While many families don’t think they have anything worth “hacking” — that couldn’t be further from the truth. Having a password manager drastically reduces the possibility of your family becoming the victim of ransomware, identity theft, malware, phishing, and other cyber attacks.
One mom has a warning for parents after her teenager was cyberbullied on Snapchat. Learn how parents can prevent this from happening to their kids.
The BitLife app guides players on a simulated life from birth to death. Players make text-based choices, which can promote safe or risky lifestyles. Students are exposed to mature ideas throughout the game, including sex, drugs, and violence.
Ever wonder what dangers your kids are exposed to on social media? A 37 year-old mom recently went undercover to find out. Learn the dangers and how to protect your kids.
We understand your struggles
and can help you create a social media plan
We take a positive approach to social media safety with fun and easy to follow videos and training guides.
We help students avoid social media mishaps by teaching them to use social media with a purpose and make a plan.
It’s almost impossible to know everything your child is doing online, so we teach students how to self-regulate their screen time.
Why schools hire Josh Ochs to speak to students and parents on their campus:
Josh's techniques help students use their devices with a purpose, not just a pastime. He shows students how to impress colleges and employers by creating a positive resume using their social media accounts. He also speaks to thousands of parents each year to help them overcome their frustrations with screen time addiction and social media safety.
Created by Josh Ochs — a social media safety speaker and author passionate about helping students shine online while staying out of trouble
Parents and educators use our social media safety message each year
Students across the country each year are using these techniques at their school
Free resources and training guides for parents and students of all ages
"Josh kept all of our teens and tweens engaged and showed them clear examples they can use to impress colleges and employers on social media. Everyone left with a clear road map that they can use for the next few months to make sure they shine online."
–Tracy Rampy, Educator, Southeast Kansas Education Service Center Greenbush
“Learned a lot, Josh’s training is very informative and I picked up some really useful tools. We were able to learn so much, like how to make a positive digital footprint for our children and their future. I highly recommend using his resources.”
–Mother of 11 year old son at Hull Middle School
“Josh was so helpful and I was able to learn so much about how to create a positive digital footprint. His training makes it easier to organize your talents/projects in a way that colleges aren’t able to see in essays.”
–Emmy Renner, High School Student