being contacted online by strangers addicted to gaming watching pornography being cyberbullied addicted to social media

is your child…

Family Digital Wellness

Educate

Family Digital Wellness is a journey of learning from our own experiences and those of others. Good digital habits are a life skill that needs constant practice!

Connect

Children need to be socially connected and tech plays a huge role in their lives. Help them make choices to connect safely and happily!

Protect

Devices open doors to worlds that you don’t necessarily want your children to explore. Make sure that devices are protected to keep your children safe!

What do you need help with?

Screen time

How much, what and when?

Pornography & Violence

Exposure has consequences

Gaming

Compulsion or a career?

Social Media

Mental health comes first

Filters & Limits

Guard devices to protect kids

Settings

Protect your data security and location

Cyberbullying

Upstanders vs Bystanders

Stranger Danger

Sexting, grooming and trafficking

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Your questions answered

HOW MUCH SCREEN TIME SHOULD MY CHILD HAVE?

It depends on their age and whether it’s fun or functional screen time

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HOW DO I MANAGE / LIMIT SCREEN TIME?
Make a Family Digital Alliance and agree how, when and where screens are used. Use screen time apps and/or WiFi routers to help guide and develop your family’s good digital habits

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WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY CHILD HAS WATCHED PORN?
Take a deep breath and then talk to them using our guide linked below. Use parental filters to prevent access to inappropriate adult websites and limit social media apps and games.

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HOW DO I MANAGE MY KID’S DEVICES?
ScreenTime (iOs) and Family Link (Android) are a good start, but installing parental control filters on devices and WiFi are best.

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WHAT DEVICE SETTINGS SHOULD I CHANGE?
Default settings for phones, tablets, computers and gaming consoles can all be reset to protect data security and location.  

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WHAT APP AND GAME SETTINGS SHOULD I CHANGE?

Settings for apps and games can be changed to protect the identity and location of your kids, to keep them safer.

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HOW DO I SET PARENTAL FILTERS?
ScreenTime (iOs) and Family Link (Android) are a good start, but installing parental control filters on devices and WiFi are best.

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IS MY CHILD ADDICTED TO SOCIAL MEDIA / GAMING?
App and game developers use similar persuasive technology techniques to those used by the gambling industry, to make apps and games irresistible, compulsive and hard to stop.

Learn More About Social Media Learn More About Gaming

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY CHILD IS BULLIED ONLINE?
Cyberbullying is prevalent on social media and online games, make it a habit of asking your child about their ‘Digital Day’ to keep lines of communication open about their online world. If they tell you they are being Cyberbullied, treat it as if it were in person bullying, contact the bullys parent, escalate to a teacher if need be, and be sure to take a screenshot the bullying so you can have a discussion about it.

Congratulate your child on speaking up.  Teach your child to be a Cyber Superhero: an Upstander rather than a Bystander.

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IS IT OK FOR MY CHILD TO CHAT TO STRANGERS ONLINE?
If you wouldn’t open your front door to strangers and let them play in your child’s room, monitor who they are talking to online.

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WHO WE WORK WITH

Clients

We work with schools, parents, EdTech companies, and industry leaders to create learning experiences that improve daily digital habits.

Our broad range of exposure to the challenges of maintaining balanced digital wellness means that we are well equipped to educate, connect and protect our clients.

Our Partners

Be In Touch Founders
Kate & Josh

5 STAR REVIEWS

People are talking

  • positive review  Quick, informative and professional webinars! A must for all parents.

    Nisché Strong Avatar Nisché Strong
    April 6, 2022
  • positive review  An amazing organization made up of an amazing team! Extremely proud to be associated with BIT!

    Russell Pengelly Avatar Russell Pengelly
    December 14, 2020
  • positive review  deeply thoughtful ideas to help parents with meaningful control over the acess to social media for their children.

    TimRobin Farina Avatar TimRobin Farina
    December 10, 2020
  • positive review  Real, practical guidance that can save us a lot of damage and drama. A stitch in time n all. Thanks Josh!

    Linda Wilson Avatar Linda Wilson
    December 14, 2020
  • positive review  Just attended a webinar. If you haven’t yet….. sign up now. You guys were brilliant. Thank you!!

    Sarah Lee Hundermark Avatar Sarah Lee Hundermark
    February 1, 2022
  • positive review  Just been part of a webinar that was really informative and I will take so much from it with regards to parenting safer and saner kids

    Lee-Ann Wijtenburg Avatar Lee-Ann Wijtenburg
    March 10, 2022
  • positive review  Simple, insightful - what all busy parents need

    Rmd Gammatec Avatar Rmd Gammatec
    December 10, 2020
  • positive review  Josh was amazing with our children, talking about tricky issues with poise. His warm personality let children have an immediate repore with him. This helped us get realistic results for the survey - a must for all schools who care about the digital wellbeing of their children. We are looking forward to further partnering with Be in Touch to help us guide our parents whom we hope will in turn help provide a safer online environment for their children.

    Charmaine Palm Avatar Charmaine Palm
    February 2, 2022
  • positive review  Very important for all families with young children, tweens and teens!

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    December 10, 2020
  • positive review  Thanks for the awesome webinar today - very helpful and inspiring!

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    February 16, 2022

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Big difference 😚

Big difference 😚 ...

To nude or not to nude? 🤔 

The t(w)eens we work with tell us that around 24% have already been asked for nudes by Grade 7, jumping up to around 37% by Grade 9.

It's a chat we absolutely need to have with our kids, starting early:

👀Where do nudes go?

👀Do they ever disappear?

👀How, when and where could they come back to haunt you?

👀Why would you want to / not want to send one?

👀How can/will you respond when you get the request?

#beready #beintouch

To nude or not to nude? 🤔

The t(w)eens we work with tell us that around 24% have already been asked for nudes by Grade 7, jumping up to around 37% by Grade 9.

It's a chat we absolutely need to have with our kids, starting early:

👀Where do nudes go?

👀Do they ever disappear?

👀How, when and where could they come back to haunt you?

👀Why would you want to / not want to send one?

👀How can/will you respond when you get the request?

#beready #beintouch
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Prince Harry @sussexroyal joined the launch of the Child Online Safety Toolkit by the @5rightsfoundation and @gptoendviolence on 16 May, to chat about his fears for his own kids and how we can make the online world safer & kinder for children. 

Speaking for parents around the world he said, “The way we experience technology like social media isn't working and needs to be fixed... It's easy to say the business model of the internet and social media is broken, but it's not. The internet business model is doing exactly what it's meant to do. Pull us in, keep us scrolling, get us angry, anxious or make us numb to the world around us. That's bad enough for adults when it's meant for adults, but even worse it's meant to do the same to our kids."

#bethesafetynet #betheparent #bethere #beintouch

Prince Harry @sussexroyal joined the launch of the Child Online Safety Toolkit by the @5rightsfoundation and @gptoendviolence on 16 May, to chat about his fears for his own kids and how we can make the online world safer & kinder for children.

Speaking for parents around the world he said, “The way we experience technology like social media isn't working and needs to be fixed... It's easy to say the business model of the internet and social media is broken, but it's not. The internet business model is doing exactly what it's meant to do. Pull us in, keep us scrolling, get us angry, anxious or make us numb to the world around us. That's bad enough for adults when it's meant for adults, but even worse it's meant to do the same to our kids."

#bethesafetynet #betheparent #bethere #beintouch
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Worried about your kid having secret social media accounts on platforms like TikTok, Instagram, and Snapchat? 👀

Bark can help by alerting you when they sign up for a new account! You'll also get conversation tips, to help keep you connected with your kids on this digital learning curve!

Awesome, right? Tap the link in our bio to get a FREE 7-day trial and 10% off for life 🙌

Worried about your kid having secret social media accounts on platforms like TikTok, Instagram, and Snapchat? 👀

Bark can help by alerting you when they sign up for a new account! You'll also get conversation tips, to help keep you connected with your kids on this digital learning curve!

Awesome, right? Tap the link in our bio to get a FREE 7-day trial and 10% off for life 🙌
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🧐Downloaded the NewProfilePic app to create your avatar?

Cyber security experts are warning against using this Russian app due to the data it acquires. By agreeing to download the app, users are willing to share their location, details about the device they are using as well as other photographs on their social media feeds. 

#beintheknow #betechsavvy #beintouch

🧐Downloaded the NewProfilePic app to create your avatar?

Cyber security experts are warning against using this Russian app due to the data it acquires. By agreeing to download the app, users are willing to share their location, details about the device they are using as well as other photographs on their social media feeds.

#beintheknow #betechsavvy #beintouch
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WHAT a deal for a few lucky families 😁

@gryphonsocial is offering an amazing R400 discount to Be in Touch parents - only 59 routers available so grab yours quick today!

Use the code bit400 on the link in our bio to get your discount.

The Gryphon router and app can manage internet access across ALL devices (smart TV's, gaming consoles, tablets and phones), allowing parents to - 

• Set bedtimes and homework times

• Limit social media and online games

• Set content filtering with crowd ranking

• View browsing history

• Enforce safe search on YouTube

• Block / unblock websites 

• Suspend internet access.

#saferandsanerkids #beassured #becalm #beintouch

WHAT a deal for a few lucky families 😁

@gryphonsocial is offering an amazing R400 discount to Be in Touch parents - only 59 routers available so grab yours quick today!

Use the code bit400 on the link in our bio to get your discount.

The Gryphon router and app can manage internet access across ALL devices (smart TV's, gaming consoles, tablets and phones), allowing parents to -

• Set bedtimes and homework times

• Limit social media and online games

• Set content filtering with crowd ranking

• View browsing history

• Enforce safe search on YouTube

• Block / unblock websites

• Suspend internet access.

#saferandsanerkids #beassured #becalm #beintouch
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Whilst the teachers all breathed a sigh of relief!🤣 

Credit: @jerrykcartoons

#modernteaching #modernparenting #beintouch

Whilst the teachers all breathed a sigh of relief!🤣

Credit: @jerrykcartoons

#modernteaching #modernparenting #beintouch
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We're all learning as we go!

#betheparent #bethere #beintouch

We're all learning as we go!

#betheparent #bethere #beintouch
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We were honoured to be asked to attend the stakeholder meeting organised by the Children’s Rights Unit at the Centre for Human Rights in collaboration with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Nairobi, Kenya office. 

A great conversation was sparked around the online trends, challenges and dilemmas that we've been gathering and identifying in our work with grade 4 to 11 learners.

These align strongly with the report on Children’s Right to Privacy in the Digital Sphere in the African Region, launched at the event, which highlights these key needs:

- Defined regulations that ensure the protection of children in the context of social media use.

- Addressing violations of children’s rights within the digital space, such as cyber bullying, online sexual abuse and exploitation, and recruitment into harmful groups.

- Protection of children’s privacy, including protection of children’s data, created content, as well as providing tools and guidance to parents, caregivers and other duty bearers on appropriate supervision of children’s use of social media.

#SaveTheChildren #bethesafetynet #bethechange

We were honoured to be asked to attend the stakeholder meeting organised by the Children’s Rights Unit at the Centre for Human Rights in collaboration with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Nairobi, Kenya office.

A great conversation was sparked around the online trends, challenges and dilemmas that we've been gathering and identifying in our work with grade 4 to 11 learners.

These align strongly with the report on Children’s Right to Privacy in the Digital Sphere in the African Region, launched at the event, which highlights these key needs:

- Defined regulations that ensure the protection of children in the context of social media use.

- Addressing violations of children’s rights within the digital space, such as cyber bullying, online sexual abuse and exploitation, and recruitment into harmful groups.

- Protection of children’s privacy, including protection of children’s data, created content, as well as providing tools and guidance to parents, caregivers and other duty bearers on appropriate supervision of children’s use of social media.

#SaveTheChildren #bethesafetynet #bethechange
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Cool dads are in touch with their kids - online and offline!

#onlineparenting #onlineoffline #beintouch

Cool dads are in touch with their kids - online and offline!

#onlineparenting #onlineoffline #beintouch
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Online parenting is a hugely important part of being a modern parent, and here at Be in Touch we’re all about finding practical ways to make this simpler, clearer and easier for both parents and kids. We reckon that parental controls are an essential part of today’s parenting toolkit.

Smart devices need smart solutions, and the Gryphon router is one of our tried, tested and highly recommended parental control options. By joining this webinar with @gryphonsocial you’ll get great insights into what Gryphon can do to help you protect your family as they go online.

Register free, link in bio or beintouch.org za/webinars

The Gryphon router can manage internet access across ALL devices, smart TV's, gaming consoles, tablets and phones within the Gryphon Connect App, allowing you to - 

• Set bedtimes and homework times

• Limit social media and online games

• Content filtering with crowd ranking

• View browsing history

• Enforce safe search on YouTube

• Block / unblock websites anywhere

• Suspend internet access.

Online parenting is a hugely important part of being a modern parent, and here at Be in Touch we’re all about finding practical ways to make this simpler, clearer and easier for both parents and kids. We reckon that parental controls are an essential part of today’s parenting toolkit.

Smart devices need smart solutions, and the Gryphon router is one of our tried, tested and highly recommended parental control options. By joining this webinar with @gryphonsocial you’ll get great insights into what Gryphon can do to help you protect your family as they go online.

Register free, link in bio or beintouch.org za/webinars

The Gryphon router can manage internet access across ALL devices, smart TV's, gaming consoles, tablets and phones within the Gryphon Connect App, allowing you to -

• Set bedtimes and homework times

• Limit social media and online games

• Content filtering with crowd ranking

• View browsing history

• Enforce safe search on YouTube

• Block / unblock websites anywhere

• Suspend internet access.
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You know it!

You know it! ...

If it isn't on social media did it really happen? 😜

 #reallife #bealive #beintouch

 Credit: @jerrykcartoons

If it isn't on social media did it really happen? 😜

 #reallife #bealive #beintouch

 Credit: @jerrykcartoons
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YouTube - did you know...

😍It was originally designed to be a dating site?

🤓 It's the second most popular search engine after Google?

Back by popular request: everything parents need to know about the world's most popular online platform 😄

Join us on Wed 6th April at noon (SAST) for 30 mins of great insights into how you can help make your child's online life safer and saner! 

👉Register free here or link in bio 

We'll see you there! 
Kate & Josh 😎🤩

YouTube - did you know...

😍It was originally designed to be a dating site?

🤓 It's the second most popular search engine after Google?

Back by popular request: everything parents need to know about the world's most popular online platform 😄

Join us on Wed 6th April at noon (SAST) for 30 mins of great insights into how you can help make your child's online life safer and saner!

👉Register free here or link in bio

We'll see you there!
Kate & Josh 😎🤩
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The victims of capping can include anyone performing a sexual act on camera.  The recording might be created: 

• To add to an individual’s collection of material they find erotic,

• To share with others, or 

• To “sextort” the victim.

 Children who have been groomed by a predator into performing sexual acts on camera are especially vulnerable to this. These children suffer the trauma of the initial abuse, and the secondary trauma of knowing these images exists and might be shared with others. Unless they have someone to who they can talk, a vicious cycle is created where the perpetrator threatens to send these images to the friends, family or school of the victim unless they share further sexual content or transfer money to them.

Our mantra to parents? Keep checking in and checking up on your kids. And use parental controls like Bark or Gryphon to keep you alerted!

Use the link in bio to check them out!

#beintouch #beconnected #bethesafetynet

The victims of capping can include anyone performing a sexual act on camera.  The recording might be created:

• To add to an individual’s collection of material they find erotic,

• To share with others, or

• To “sextort” the victim.

 Children who have been groomed by a predator into performing sexual acts on camera are especially vulnerable to this. These children suffer the trauma of the initial abuse, and the secondary trauma of knowing these images exists and might be shared with others. Unless they have someone to who they can talk, a vicious cycle is created where the perpetrator threatens to send these images to the friends, family or school of the victim unless they share further sexual content or transfer money to them.

Our mantra to parents? Keep checking in and checking up on your kids. And use parental controls like Bark or Gryphon to keep you alerted!

Use the link in bio to check them out!

#beintouch #beconnected #bethesafetynet
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Seems like kids these days come with built-in tech intuition! 

Credit: @jerrykcartoons

#betechsavvy #beintouch

Seems like kids these days come with built-in tech intuition!

Credit: @jerrykcartoons

#betechsavvy #beintouch
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Does your child know all their online friends and followers?

In our parental controls webinar today, 80% of the parents said either “No” or “I don’t know”. 

👉What would your answer be?

#beconnected #beintouch

Does your child know all their online friends and followers?

In our parental controls webinar today, 80% of the parents said either “No” or “I don’t know”.

👉What would your answer be?

#beconnected #beintouch
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