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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DIGITAL WELLBEING, SIMPLIFIED

What do we do?

We get parents and children talking about the device use challenges they have, and how they can improve their daily digital habits. We speak in schools, run online learning experiences, and promote practical products that can help to make sure you and your children are educated, connected and protected when it comes to your digital wellness.

We simplify the complicated world of digital wellness with practical guides, resources, information and products. To ensure we are offering solutions that our parents and children really need, our work is driven by the search enquiries we receive every day. Try it below!

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Connect with our newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest trends to improve your family’s digital wellbeing

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  Be In Touch is truly making a difference. I have worked with the team on some projects and have the greatest appreciation for the people they are and the work they do. Speaking from an Education Technology side, the value they add to the increased use of technology by learners is invaluable. Their message is clear - if you don't know what is going on in your child's online life, you don't know what is going on in your child's life.

    Riaan W Vanderbergh Avatar Riaan W Vanderbergh
    February 4, 2022
  • 5 star review  I just attended a Cyber bullying webinar Josh did - just brilliant

    Lindy Halgreen Avatar Lindy Halgreen
    January 26, 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  Their webinars cover topics that are so informative, interesting and helpful. The online world is a black hole and unless you’re involved in that world (be it work or pleasure) you are none the wiser to what really goes on. Be in Touch opens your eyes to what can/is really happening out there and offers the guidance and assistance in putting the necessary measures in place to keep your children safe. Their help doesn’t end at the webinar either. They respond to emails quickly, are friendly and offer further guidance, tips and assistance to questions that have been asked. I definitely recommend Be in Touch.

    Bronwyn Nielsen Avatar Bronwyn Nielsen
    March 3, 2022
  • positive review  Very important for all families with young children, tweens and teens!

    Susan Tasker Avatar Susan Tasker
    December 10, 2020
  • positive review  Very nice webinar last night about creating a safer digital environment for our children online.

    Annabel Rautenbach Avatar Annabel Rautenbach
    March 11, 2022
  • 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  Be in Touch is an absolute invaluable initiative and resource for parents and their children, and even for grandparents like myself, as we navigate this ever growing digital landscape. The digital connected world has such incredible value, but also many challenges, as not only we are being exposed to very powerful negative agendas over the web, but also the danger of devices being the new addiction. Josh and team, thanks so much for coming form a deep values-based motivation to support us in this way.

    Tertia Smit Avatar Tertia Smit
    December 17, 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  Simple, insightful - what all busy parents need

    Rmd Gammatec Avatar Rmd Gammatec
    December 10, 2020

In The Media

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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Worried about what your kids are actually doing on their devices? 
Finding it hard to keep up with them? 
Parental controls are a vital part of the modern parenting toolkit! 
Join us together with our tech partner, @dialanerdza to explore the various options available to help you manage the "what, when, and how much" of screen time - and how they can help you stay connected to your t(w)een as they go and live online.

Register free with link in bio.

#beconnected #bethesafetynet #beintouch

Worried about what your kids are actually doing on their devices?
Finding it hard to keep up with them?
Parental controls are a vital part of the modern parenting toolkit!
Join us together with our tech partner, @dialanerdza to explore the various options available to help you manage the "what, when, and how much" of screen time - and how they can help you stay connected to your t(w)een as they go and live online.

Register free with link in bio.

#beconnected #bethesafetynet #beintouch
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big part of what we do, is finding out what’s really going on online. The feedback from more than 1500 Grade 4 to Grade 11 learners during 2021 paints a picture best described in these words: “Parents, your kids need you!” Not sure where to start? 

👉Join one of our free webinars 

👉Get your school to chat to us about a bespoke webinar 

👉Check out all the resources, books, and gadgets we have, to make online parenting easier 

👉Install parental controls to be alerted to what your child is struggling with 

👉Check in and check up. A lot.

 #beintouch

big part of what we do, is finding out what’s really going on online. The feedback from more than 1500 Grade 4 to Grade 11 learners during 2021 paints a picture best described in these words: “Parents, your kids need you!” Not sure where to start?

👉Join one of our free webinars

👉Get your school to chat to us about a bespoke webinar

👉Check out all the resources, books, and gadgets we have, to make online parenting easier

👉Install parental controls to be alerted to what your child is struggling with

👉Check in and check up. A lot.

 #beintouch
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Hey, kiddo - did we say get off your screen? Um... want to use ours?! 😂 

#onlineparenting 
Credit: @jerrykcartoons

Hey, kiddo - did we say get off your screen? Um... want to use ours?! 😂

#onlineparenting
Credit: @jerrykcartoons
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What’s the buzz about the new parental controls for Instagram? 🙄

Basically, they will let parents see how much time their teens spend on Instagram and set limits. Parents will also be able to view what accounts their teens follow, as well as who follows them. For now, Instagram says teens themselves will need to initiate the supervision feature from its app on mobile devices, but in June, it’s rolling out the ability for parents and guardians to start the process (although teens will still need to grant permission). 

But does this really do anything to make our teens safer and saner online? It’s a NOPE from us!

Parents will be none the wiser about what their teens look at, who contacts them or what they discuss via direct message. And because the controls are applied on a per-account basis, they don’t prevent teens from having secret accounts, known as “finstas."

What do parents really want?

👉Regulated “real age” rating on app stores (Common Sense Media recommends 15+ for Instagram)

👉Content filtering and proper age restrictions, including the Tinder / Instagram

👉The ability to curate what is recommended to teens in sections of the app like Search, Explore, Hashtags and Suggested Accounts

👉Default privacy settings

👉Better block and report processes.

Most of all, we want the heavy burden of protecting our kids to shift from our shoulders, to those of the big tech companies!

#savethekids #betheprotector #beintouch

What’s the buzz about the new parental controls for Instagram? 🙄

Basically, they will let parents see how much time their teens spend on Instagram and set limits. Parents will also be able to view what accounts their teens follow, as well as who follows them. For now, Instagram says teens themselves will need to initiate the supervision feature from its app on mobile devices, but in June, it’s rolling out the ability for parents and guardians to start the process (although teens will still need to grant permission).

But does this really do anything to make our teens safer and saner online? It’s a NOPE from us!

Parents will be none the wiser about what their teens look at, who contacts them or what they discuss via direct message. And because the controls are applied on a per-account basis, they don’t prevent teens from having secret accounts, known as “finstas."

What do parents really want?

👉Regulated “real age” rating on app stores (Common Sense Media recommends 15+ for Instagram)

👉Content filtering and proper age restrictions, including the Tinder / Instagram

👉The ability to curate what is recommended to teens in sections of the app like Search, Explore, Hashtags and Suggested Accounts

👉Default privacy settings

👉Better block and report processes.

Most of all, we want the heavy burden of protecting our kids to shift from our shoulders, to those of the big tech companies!

#savethekids #betheprotector #beintouch
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Such a great webinar today with a big group of teachers - who unanimously agreed that parents are not doing enough to manage their kids online!

#betheparent #betheguide #betheprotector #bethesafetynet #beintouch

Such a great webinar today with a big group of teachers - who unanimously agreed that parents are not doing enough to manage their kids online!

#betheparent #betheguide #betheprotector #bethesafetynet #beintouch
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