Josh Ochs Digital Safety Tips for Middle School Students

, you're logged in!
March 1, 2018

Become a member or log in to learn more on this topic

Superintendents, Directors and Principals: Request a partnership on this page to unlock our resources for your whole community.

Become a member or log in to learn more on this topic

Superintendents, Directors and Principals: Request a partnership on this page to unlock our resources for your whole community.

Quotation marks

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


Sharon M.

Parent VIP Member

Quotation marks

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.


Director of College Advising

Educator Webinar Attendee

Quotation marks

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


Irene C.

Educator Webinar Attendee

Table of Contents

Josh Ochs Digital Safety Tips for Middle School Students by Josh Ochs

In this student-friendly episode Josh Ochs talks to 600 students in a middle school teaching them how to shine online. He shares some anti bullying tips, Instagram safety, Google footprint tactics and more. Please have your students listen to this episode.

Ever worry that your 7th grade student is doing inappropriate things online that may affect their college application? Let them listen to this episode, as Josh talks to middle school students and teaches them how to shine online.

Listen to this episode on our podcast:

Key takeaways from the digital safety speech by Josh Ochs

  • You are the manager of your own account. Every day, when you post online you can have fun but you can add or delete little parts of it and you can change your brand
  • Be your vibrant self online
  • Before you respond on Instagram or on email; ask yourself if this is Light, Bright and Polite™

Valuable advice for students who have younger siblings

If you have younger siblings, ask these 4 questions to keep them safe online:

  1. Is it okay to share your password with your best friend?
  2. Is it okay to talk to someone online your parents don’t know?
  3. If I see bullying online and I click like on that post, does that mean that I'm bullying also?
  4. If I see something bad online who should I tell?

During the presentation, kids learn how to use social media as their resume

  • How colleges uses Google to search for you online
  • Positive and fun ways to be on Instagram
  • Four influential people on social media today
  • How to get fired from work with just one tweet

3 step plan to take charge of how you look online

  1. If you posted it, you can take it down
  2. If your friends posted it, politely ask them to take it down
  3. If somebody else that you don't know posted it and it's hurting your story, then that's when you talk to your parents

Share Your Thoughts With Our Team

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Attention 9th-12th Grade Students:
Join Our College Exploration Summer Program

Embark on a transformative summer journey through daily Zoom workshops, where students in grades 9-12 can explore careers, majors, and colleges.

Apply For This Program Here

District Leaders: 
Join Our Online Educational Conference to Learn ChatGPT, AI, Social Media Safety & Parent Engagement Strategies

Apply For Free Access Today

The 2023 Summer Educational Technology Summit is a three-module online resource featuring 45+ industry-leading educators from across the country, presenting on strategies to tackle some of the most pressing issues in education today.

Become a Very Informed Parent (VIP) to get our social media suggestions in your email every Tuesday & Thursday.
Dotted arrow to right
Learn about our
"Very Informed Parent" 
VIP Program
Right arrow
Josh Ochs headshot Round
Schools & Districts: Partner with us to protect your community online

Our remote presentations (and website) teaches over a million students each year how to shine online. We teach students how their accounts can be used to create a portfolio of positive accomplishments that impress colleges and employers.

Partner with
Right arrow
SmartSocial podcast logo
Join Our Smart Social Podcast each week on iTunes

With over 240 episodes, Josh Ochs interviews psychologists, therapists, counselors, teachers, and parents while showing you how to navigate social media to someday shine online.

Listen on:

Apple Podcasts
Google Podcasts

Here are some of the latest resources at