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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!

Family Digital Wellness

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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!

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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!

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Protect

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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

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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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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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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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Default settings for phones, tablets, computers and gaming consoles can all be reset to protect data security and location.  

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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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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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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

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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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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    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.

    Be In Touch Founders

    Kate & Josh

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    5 STAR REVIEWS

    What our customer say about us

    • 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
    • positive review  The solution could not be more relevant.

      Arno Van Der Walt Avatar Arno Van Der Walt
      December 15, 2020
    • positive review  Josh and his team bring significant experience, best practice and the latest tech to the digital wellness space. Our learnings through Be In Touch really emphasize the dire need for all parents to step into a space or knowing how to manage your child’s online journey always supporting healthy usage. I highly recommend working with Josh

      Misha Teasdale Avatar Misha Teasdale
      December 14, 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  Very important for all families with young children, tweens and teens!

      Susan Tasker Avatar Susan Tasker
      December 10, 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  An amazing organization made up of an amazing team! Extremely proud to be associated with BIT!

      Russell Pengelly Avatar Russell Pengelly
      December 14, 2020

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    The upside of some regular unplugging (even if it is forced!), is that you never know to what new adventures it might lead!

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    The upside of some regular unplugging (even if it is forced!), is that you never know to what new adventures it might lead!

    #beintouch #digitalwellbeing #digitalparenting #unplugged #screentime #offlinelife
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    Let's be mutuals!

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    Let's be mutuals!

    #mutuals #beintouch #digitalvillage #followforfollowback #spreadthelove
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    Often used by teens to insult boys who are "too nice" to girls, SIMP can also be viewed as a compliment to someone who is simply ahead of their time! 😉

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    Often used by teens to insult boys who are "too nice" to girls, SIMP can also be viewed as a compliment to someone who is simply ahead of their time! 😉

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    When was your last #madcapmoment?

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    When was your last #madcapmoment?

    #beintouch #beconscious #liveyourbestlife
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    Introducing... social AUDIO (as opposed to media)!
Who's managed to get an invite to Clubhouse yet?

Click our bio to sign up for our newsletter- we can't guarantee an entry to the Clubhouse, but we'll help you stay in touch with the goings on in the online world 😀

#beintouch #digitalwellbeing #digitalparenting #familydigitalwellness #clubhouse
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    Introducing... social AUDIO (as opposed to media)!
    Who's managed to get an invite to Clubhouse yet?

    Click our bio to sign up for our newsletter- we can't guarantee an entry to the Clubhouse, but we'll help you stay in touch with the goings on in the online world 😀

    #beintouch #digitalwellbeing #digitalparenting #familydigitalwellness #clubhouse
    #clubhouseapp #onlinelife #digitalworld
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    There isn’t pornography over here, and trafficking over there… they’re interlinked.” Melissa Farley Ph.D., Executive Director, Prostitution Research and Education

Pornography is a difficult conversation for many parents to have with their kids, but with the average age being 9 for first (often accidental) exposure to what is, let’s face it – NOTHING like what we were able to access as kids – it is a topic we need to open up for discussion early on and regularly. 

Give porn a real face: Ask your kids how people in porn movies may have got there? Whether they might have chosen this or are being forced? Whether they might be someone’s sister, mother or daughter? 

Then watch “Brain, Heart, World” – a ground breaking 3-part documentary presented by @fightthenewdrug
https://fightthenewdrug.org/brain-heart-world/

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#reallife #changinglives #childhood #fightthenewdrug #brainheartworld #talktoyourkids #someonesdaughter #someonessister #someonesmother

    There isn’t pornography over here, and trafficking over there… they’re interlinked.” Melissa Farley Ph.D., Executive Director, Prostitution Research and Education

    Pornography is a difficult conversation for many parents to have with their kids, but with the average age being 9 for first (often accidental) exposure to what is, let’s face it – NOTHING like what we were able to access as kids – it is a topic we need to open up for discussion early on and regularly.

    Give porn a real face: Ask your kids how people in porn movies may have got there? Whether they might have chosen this or are being forced? Whether they might be someone’s sister, mother or daughter?

    Then watch “Brain, Heart, World” – a ground breaking 3-part documentary presented by @fightthenewdrug
    https://fightthenewdrug.org/brain-heart-world/

    #beintouch #saveourkids
    #reallife #changinglives #childhood #fightthenewdrug #brainheartworld #talktoyourkids #someonesdaughter #someonessister #someonesmother
    ...

    TikTok has had a bad rap lately, with the sad consequences of the #blackoutchallenge. But there are also some great challenges out there, if you are looking for some family-friendly bonding over tech? Which ones have you tried??
#parentchallenge #footshakechallenge #balancechallenge

When downloading this app, remember these 2 tips:
👆We subscribe to #CommonSenseMedia : TikTok real age rating 15+
👆Adjust the privacy and Digital Wellbeing settings in the app

#beintouch #digitalparenting #tiktokdance #tiktokchallenge #familyfun #happyeaster #easterfun #familydigitalwellness #techsavvy #digitalwellbeing #familyfriendly

    TikTok has had a bad rap lately, with the sad consequences of the #blackoutchallenge. But there are also some great challenges out there, if you are looking for some family-friendly bonding over tech? Which ones have you tried??
    #parentchallenge #footshakechallenge #balancechallenge

    When downloading this app, remember these 2 tips:
    👆We subscribe to #CommonSenseMedia : TikTok real age rating 15+
    👆Adjust the privacy and Digital Wellbeing settings in the app

    #beintouch #digitalparenting #tiktokdance #tiktokchallenge #familyfun #happyeaster #easterfun #familydigitalwellness #techsavvy #digitalwellbeing #familyfriendly
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    "But Mom, he's my boyfriend..." Do you (and your kids) always know who they're talking to online? 
Check out all the great resources we have online, to help you with those super important digital conversations www.beintouch.org.za

#onlinelife #familydigitalwellness #keepkidssafe #beintouch
#betheparent #consciousparenting #boyfriending #grooming #strangerdanger #digitalparenting

    "But Mom, he's my boyfriend..." Do you (and your kids) always know who they're talking to online?
    Check out all the great resources we have online, to help you with those super important digital conversations www.beintouch.org.za

    #onlinelife #familydigitalwellness #keepkidssafe #beintouch
    #betheparent #consciousparenting #boyfriending #grooming #strangerdanger #digitalparenting
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    Some days that "digital divide" just feels sooo real! 

#beintouch #digitalparenting #familydigitalwellness #onlinelife #everydayanewday

    Some days that "digital divide" just feels sooo real!

    #beintouch #digitalparenting #familydigitalwellness #onlinelife #everydayanewday
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    No doubt about it, raising kids in today's digital world brings a whole new set of challenges to our parenting repertoire! 

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    No doubt about it, raising kids in today's digital world brings a whole new set of challenges to our parenting repertoire!

    #beintouch #digitalgatekeeper #digitalvillage #digitalfamilyalliance #digitalfamilywellness #consciousparenting #cybersavvy #onlinelife #digitalparenting #licensetoparent
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    Online, offline - for our kids, it's all "real life" to them.

#onlinelife #offlinelife #reallife #unplugged #beintouch #digitalgatekeeper #digitalparenting #consciousparenting #cybersavvy #familydigitalwellness

    Online, offline - for our kids, it's all "real life" to them.

    #onlinelife #offlinelife #reallife #unplugged #beintouch #digitalgatekeeper #digitalparenting #consciousparenting #cybersavvy #familydigitalwellness
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    CANCEL CULTURE – the new Cyberbullying? What do your teens think?
 
When something is cancelled, it is nulled, ended, voided. This is the basic idea behind the slang meaning of cancelling a person. When a person is cancelled, they are no longer supported publicly - as happened to public figures in the #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter Movements.

#beintouch #digitalparenting #cancelculture #cyberbullying #kindnessisasuperpower #upstander #teenslang #socialmediaslang

    CANCEL CULTURE – the new Cyberbullying? What do your teens think?
     
    When something is cancelled, it is nulled, ended, voided. This is the basic idea behind the slang meaning of cancelling a person. When a person is cancelled, they are no longer supported publicly - as happened to public figures in the #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter Movements.

    #beintouch #digitalparenting #cancelculture #cyberbullying #kindnessisasuperpower #upstander #teenslang #socialmediaslang
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    Anyone else's dinner getting cold out there?? 

#truestory #devicefreedinner  #beintouch #digitalhabits #keeptrying #familydigitalwellness #familyrules #anotherday

    Anyone else's dinner getting cold out there??

    #truestory #devicefreedinner #beintouch #digitalhabits #keeptrying #familydigitalwellness #familyrules #anotherday
    ...

    We really and truly believe that the key to parenting this online generation is... talk, talk and talk some more. Keep looking for ways to chat to your tweens and teens, and keep the conversation going!👍

#beintouch #digitalgatekeeper #digitalfootprint #digitaltattoo #digitalvillage #digitalhabitsforlife #digitalparenting #talktoyourkids  #consciousparenting #parenting

    We really and truly believe that the key to parenting this online generation is... talk, talk and talk some more. Keep looking for ways to chat to your tweens and teens, and keep the conversation going!👍

    #beintouch #digitalgatekeeper #digitalfootprint #digitaltattoo #digitalvillage #digitalhabitsforlife #digitalparenting #talktoyourkids #consciousparenting #parenting
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Would you share a photo of your child online to protect them? #Share2Protect

SERIOUSLY? Share a photo of my child??
Join our worldwide campaign to get 50 000 photos of children aged 5-13, to “train” an Artificial Intelligence system to accurately estimate the real ages of children, to improve the ability of age estimation tech to keep kids out of the dark corners of the online world.
Be a part of the difference we want to see in our kids' digital worlds!
With your help in trainining this AI, we’ll be able to advocate for more digital fences - especially for sites and social media and gaming apps where there is a high risk of predators, sexual content, violence, self-harm and suicide, cyberbullying, drugs and alcohol.
It’s safe, quick and easy: click the link below - and then go ahead and spread the word to your family and friends #share2protect!

    Link in bio!

    Would you share a photo of your child online to protect them? #Share2Protect

    SERIOUSLY? Share a photo of my child??
    Join our worldwide campaign to get 50 000 photos of children aged 5-13, to “train” an Artificial Intelligence system to accurately estimate the real ages of children, to improve the ability of age estimation tech to keep kids out of the dark corners of the online world.
    Be a part of the difference we want to see in our kids' digital worlds!
    With your help in trainining this AI, we’ll be able to advocate for more digital fences - especially for sites and social media and gaming apps where there is a high risk of predators, sexual content, violence, self-harm and suicide, cyberbullying, drugs and alcohol.
    It’s safe, quick and easy: click the link below - and then go ahead and spread the word to your family and friends #share2protect!
    ...

    Putting aside the deeper question of what the real age rating of popular social media apps would be if app developers were actually regulated, it is easy peasy for kids to "tick the box" and say they're over 13. What to do?? 
Watch this space to find out! #share2protect @getyoti

#beintouch #yoti #ageestimation #keepkidssafe #saferinternetday #saferinternetday2021

    Putting aside the deeper question of what the real age rating of popular social media apps would be if app developers were actually regulated, it is easy peasy for kids to "tick the box" and say they're over 13. What to do??
    Watch this space to find out! #share2protect @getyoti

    #beintouch #yoti #ageestimation #keepkidssafe #saferinternetday #saferinternetday2021
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    Digital parenting is all about... getting your kids to use their cell phones PROPERLY 😂

#beintouch #besavvy #digitalparenting #keepthembusy #cellphone #goodscreentime

    Digital parenting is all about... getting your kids to use their cell phones PROPERLY 😂

    #beintouch #besavvy #digitalparenting #keepthembusy #cellphone #goodscreentime
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    Where does your family charge their devices? Getting devices out their rooms at night is great life habit to start early!

#beintouch #familydigitalwellness #nogozone #gooddigitalhabits #digitalparenting

    Where does your family charge their devices? Getting devices out their rooms at night is great life habit to start early!

    #beintouch #familydigitalwellness #nogozone #gooddigitalhabits #digitalparenting
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    Parents are the first and most important gatekeepers of their children’s digital worlds, so go right ahead and OWN it!

#beintouch #licensetoparent #talktoyourkids #familydigitalwellness #consciousparenting #savethekids #savetheparents #digitalgatekeeper

    Parents are the first and most important gatekeepers of their children’s digital worlds, so go right ahead and OWN it!

    #beintouch #licensetoparent #talktoyourkids #familydigitalwellness #consciousparenting #savethekids #savetheparents #digitalgatekeeper
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    A new year means ... NEW EMOJIS 😆👇
The Unicode Consortium (the governing body of emojis), has announced that they will release 117 new emojis this year! Look out for the Mending Heart, Pinched Fingers, Face in the Clouds, Heart on Fire - and greater variety in skin tones 👌

#beintouch #digitalparenting #socialmedia #emoji  #2021 #emojis #teenslang #teenspeak

    A new year means ... NEW EMOJIS 😆👇
    The Unicode Consortium (the governing body of emojis), has announced that they will release 117 new emojis this year! Look out for the Mending Heart, Pinched Fingers, Face in the Clouds, Heart on Fire - and greater variety in skin tones 👌

    #beintouch #digitalparenting #socialmedia #emoji #2021 #emojis #teenslang #teenspeak
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