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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!

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

Your questions answered

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.

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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  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  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  Simple, insightful - what all busy parents need

    Rmd Gammatec Avatar Rmd Gammatec
    December 10, 2020
  • positive review  Very important for all families with young children, tweens and teens!

    Susan Tasker Avatar Susan Tasker
    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  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  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

In The Media

Why is family digital wellbeing key to parenting? 🤗
 
Josh chats to @nikkibushsa in Episode 1 of Discovery Health’s Digital Wellbeing Video Series - the series that’s designed with the whole family in mind. Children are getting access to devices and connecting to the world wide web at an ever younger age. Being potentially exposed to over 4 billion strangers has big mental and physical risks but where do you start to know what your children are doing and seeing on their digital devices? 

*Link in bio*

@discovery_sa

#onlineparenting
#familydigitalwellbeing

Why is family digital wellbeing key to parenting? 🤗
 
Josh chats to @nikkibushsa in Episode 1 of Discovery Health’s Digital Wellbeing Video Series - the series that’s designed with the whole family in mind. Children are getting access to devices and connecting to the world wide web at an ever younger age. Being potentially exposed to over 4 billion strangers has big mental and physical risks but where do you start to know what your children are doing and seeing on their digital devices?

*Link in bio*

@discovery_sa

#onlineparenting
#familydigitalwellbeing
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Nope, not a burner phone! Just the start of my son's adventure at boarding school - with no phones allowed for 2 weeks 😊

Bark, the world’s #1 Parental Control App, brought to parents in South Africa by Be in Touch.
Get a 7 day FREE trial and 10% off for LIFE when signing up with Be In Touch. Link in bio or go to - https://beintouch.org.za/bark/

#bealerted #beintouch #betheguide

Nope, not a burner phone! Just the start of my son's adventure at boarding school - with no phones allowed for 2 weeks 😊

Bark, the world’s #1 Parental Control App, brought to parents in South Africa by Be in Touch.
Get a 7 day FREE trial and 10% off for LIFE when signing up with Be In Touch. Link in bio or go to - https://beintouch.org.za/bark/

#bealerted #beintouch #betheguide
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Can you say that you’re really aligned with your spouse or co-parent around your family's device use... or that you always practice what you preach?! 😘

Setting and implementing device boundaries is key to our kids' online safety and sanity. We know, we've got the stats that show it!

Join Josh Ramsey and Mandy Herold @the_connection_coach  for 30 min on Wednesday 19 Jan at 11am (SAST), for the next @discovery_sa digital mental health webinar, as we chat about how parents can align offline to protect and guide their kids online.

Register through link in bio or https://beintouch.org.za/discovery

#8steps #deviceboundaries #happyparenting

Can you say that you’re really aligned with your spouse or co-parent around your family's device use... or that you always practice what you preach?! 😘

Setting and implementing device boundaries is key to our kids' online safety and sanity. We know, we've got the stats that show it!

Join Josh Ramsey and Mandy Herold @the_connection_coach for 30 min on Wednesday 19 Jan at 11am (SAST), for the next @discovery_sa digital mental health webinar, as we chat about how parents can align offline to protect and guide their kids online.

Register through link in bio or https://beintouch.org.za/discovery

#8steps #deviceboundaries #happyparenting
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Keep your kids SAFER and SANER online

Bark's affordable, award-winning dashboard proactively monitors text messages, YouTube, emails, and 30+ different social networks for potential safety concerns, so busy parents can save time and gain peace of mind.

Bark, the world’s #1 Parental Control App Brought to parents in South Africa by Be in Touch
Get a 7 day FREE trial and 10% off for LIFE when signing up with Be In Touch.

Click here -> https://beintouch.org.za/bark/
https://beintouch.org.za
info@beintouch.org.za

#childmonitor #parenting #moms #dads #kids #safety #onlinesafety #parentalcontrolapp #bark #beintouch

Keep your kids SAFER and SANER online

Bark's affordable, award-winning dashboard proactively monitors text messages, YouTube, emails, and 30+ different social networks for potential safety concerns, so busy parents can save time and gain peace of mind.

Bark, the world’s #1 Parental Control App Brought to parents in South Africa by Be in Touch
Get a 7 day FREE trial and 10% off for LIFE when signing up with Be In Touch.

Click here -> https://beintouch.org.za/bark/
https://beintouch.org.za
info@beintouch.org.za

#childmonitor #parenting #moms #dads #kids #safety #onlinesafety #parentalcontrolapp #bark #beintouch
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C'mon, Mum...!!

#familytime

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C'mon, Mum...!!

#familytime

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Know What's Going On(line)

As a busy parent, reading every text message, post, and email just isn’t realistic.

Scary REAL Facts

* 45.5% of tweens and 66.3% of teens engaged in conversations about depression.

* 76.7% of tweens and 82.0% of teens experienced bullying as a bully, victim, or witness.

* 41.4% of tweens and 66.6% of teens were involved in a self-harm/suicidal situation.

*Source: In 2020, Bark analyzed more than 2.1 billion messages across texts, email, and 30+ apps and social media platforms. These findings exclude school-based accounts.

Bark, the world’s #1 Parental Control App Brought to parents in South Africa by Be in Touch

Get a 7 day FREE trial and 10% off for LIFE when signing up with Be In Touch.
Click here -> https://beintouch.org.za/bark/

https://beintouch.org.za
info@beintouch.org.za

#stopcyberbullying #barkapp #beintouch #parentalcontrolapp #parents #moms #dads #kidssafety #online #childmonitor
@barktechnologies

Know What's Going On(line)

As a busy parent, reading every text message, post, and email just isn’t realistic.

Scary REAL Facts

* 45.5% of tweens and 66.3% of teens engaged in conversations about depression.

* 76.7% of tweens and 82.0% of teens experienced bullying as a bully, victim, or witness.

* 41.4% of tweens and 66.6% of teens were involved in a self-harm/suicidal situation.

*Source: In 2020, Bark analyzed more than 2.1 billion messages across texts, email, and 30+ apps and social media platforms. These findings exclude school-based accounts.

Bark, the world’s #1 Parental Control App Brought to parents in South Africa by Be in Touch

Get a 7 day FREE trial and 10% off for LIFE when signing up with Be In Touch.
Click here -> https://beintouch.org.za/bark/

https://beintouch.org.za
info@beintouch.org.za

#stopcyberbullying #barkapp #beintouch #parentalcontrolapp #parents #moms #dads #kidssafety #online #childmonitor
@barktechnologies
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How to help your child through common issues

Raising children in an online world can be scary and often cause more harm than good. Bark's affordable, award-winning App helps parents monitor and appropriately respond to unsafe activity, cyberbullying and so much more.

Bark, the world’s #1 Parental Control App Brought to parents in South Africa by Be in Touch

Get a 7 day FREE trial and 10% off for LIFE when signing up with Be In Touch.
Click here -> https://beintouch.org.za/bark/

https://beintouch.org.za
info@beintouch.org.za

#barkapp #beintouch #parentalcontrolapp #parents #moms #dads #kidssafety #online #childmonitor

How to help your child through common issues

Raising children in an online world can be scary and often cause more harm than good. Bark's affordable, award-winning App helps parents monitor and appropriately respond to unsafe activity, cyberbullying and so much more.

Bark, the world’s #1 Parental Control App Brought to parents in South Africa by Be in Touch

Get a 7 day FREE trial and 10% off for LIFE when signing up with Be In Touch.
Click here -> https://beintouch.org.za/bark/

https://beintouch.org.za
info@beintouch.org.za

#barkapp #beintouch #parentalcontrolapp #parents #moms #dads #kidssafety #online #childmonitor
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We honour a man who was a moral compass, a guiding star, who stood up for what is right and just, when others remained seated.
We are inspired by you, Arch, to make a difference in our world.

#DesmondTutu

We honour a man who was a moral compass, a guiding star, who stood up for what is right and just, when others remained seated.
We are inspired by you, Arch, to make a difference in our world.

#DesmondTutu
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Keep your kids SAFER and SANER online

Bark's affordable, award-winning dashboard proactively monitors text messages, YouTube, emails, and 30+ different social networks for potential safety concerns, so busy parents can save time and gain peace of mind.

Bark, the world’s #1 Parental Control App Brought to parents in South Africa by Be in Touch

Get a 7 day FREE trial and 10% off for LIFE when signing up with Be In Touch.
Click here -> https://beintouch.org.za/bark/

https://beintouch.org.za
info@beintouch.org.za

#childmonitor #parenting #moms #dads #kids #safety #onlinesafety #parentalcontrolapp #bark #beintouch

Keep your kids SAFER and SANER online

Bark's affordable, award-winning dashboard proactively monitors text messages, YouTube, emails, and 30+ different social networks for potential safety concerns, so busy parents can save time and gain peace of mind.

Bark, the world’s #1 Parental Control App Brought to parents in South Africa by Be in Touch

Get a 7 day FREE trial and 10% off for LIFE when signing up with Be In Touch.
Click here -> https://beintouch.org.za/bark/

https://beintouch.org.za
info@beintouch.org.za

#childmonitor #parenting #moms #dads #kids #safety #onlinesafety #parentalcontrolapp #bark #beintouch
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We wish you a treasure trove of family memories!

#familytimeisthebesttime

We wish you a treasure trove of family memories!

#familytimeisthebesttime
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The Best Comprehensive Parental Control Tool for Families

Bark helps families manage and protect their children’s online lives. Bark monitors 30+ of the most popular apps and social media platforms, including text messaging and email, for signs of digital dangers.

Barks screen time management and web filtering tools help you set healthy limits around how and when your kids use their devices.

Bark, the world’s #1 Parental Control App Brought to parents in South Africa by Be in Touch

Get a 7 day FREE trial and 10% off for LIFE when signing up with Be In Touch.
Click here -> https://beintouch.org.za/bark/

https://beintouch.org.za
info@beintouch.org.za
#barkapp #beintouch #parents #teens #moms #dads #parentalcontrol #digitaldangers #parentalcontrolapp #kids #safety #lifestye #parenting

The Best Comprehensive Parental Control Tool for Families

Bark helps families manage and protect their children’s online lives. Bark monitors 30+ of the most popular apps and social media platforms, including text messaging and email, for signs of digital dangers.

Barks screen time management and web filtering tools help you set healthy limits around how and when your kids use their devices.

Bark, the world’s #1 Parental Control App Brought to parents in South Africa by Be in Touch

Get a 7 day FREE trial and 10% off for LIFE when signing up with Be In Touch.
Click here -> https://beintouch.org.za/bark/

https://beintouch.org.za
info@beintouch.org.za
#barkapp #beintouch #parents #teens #moms #dads #parentalcontrol #digitaldangers #parentalcontrolapp #kids #safety #lifestye #parenting
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Protect your kids on 30+ platforms

Trusted by both parents and schools around the world.

Bark monitors 30+ of the most popular apps and social media platforms for signs of issues
like cyberbullying, suicidal ideation, online predators, threats of violence, and more. Barks
web filtering and screen time management tools empower families to set healthy limits
around the websites and apps their kids can access.

Get a 7 day FREE trial and 10% off for LIFE when signing up with Be In Touch.
Click here -> https://beintouch.org.za/bark/

Bark, the world’s #1 Parental Control App Brought to parents in South Africa by Be in Touch

https://beintouch.org.za
info@beintouch.org.za
#barkapp #beintouch #parents #teens #moms #dads #parentalcontrol #digitaldangers #parentalcontrolapp #kids #safety #lifestye #parenting

Protect your kids on 30+ platforms

Trusted by both parents and schools around the world.

Bark monitors 30+ of the most popular apps and social media platforms for signs of issues
like cyberbullying, suicidal ideation, online predators, threats of violence, and more. Barks
web filtering and screen time management tools empower families to set healthy limits
around the websites and apps their kids can access.

Get a 7 day FREE trial and 10% off for LIFE when signing up with Be In Touch.
Click here -> https://beintouch.org.za/bark/

Bark, the world’s #1 Parental Control App Brought to parents in South Africa by Be in Touch

https://beintouch.org.za
info@beintouch.org.za
#barkapp #beintouch #parents #teens #moms #dads #parentalcontrol #digitaldangers #parentalcontrolapp #kids #safety #lifestye #parenting
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Keep your kids safer online

* Monitor content for digital dangers.
* Manage screen time for healthy limits.
* Filter websites for safer browsing

Bark, the world’s #1 Parental Control App Brought to parents in South Africa by Be in Touch

Get a 7 day FREE trial + 10% off for LIFE when signing up with Be In Touch.
Click here -> https://beintouch.org.za/bark/

Bark is the most comprehensive online safety solution trusted by both parents and schools nationwide.

https://beintouch.org.za
info@beintouch.org.za

#barkapp #beintouch #parents #teens #moms #dads #parentalcontrol #digitaldangers #parentalcontrolapp #kids #safety #lifestye #parenting

Keep your kids safer online

* Monitor content for digital dangers.
* Manage screen time for healthy limits.
* Filter websites for safer browsing

Bark, the world’s #1 Parental Control App Brought to parents in South Africa by Be in Touch

Get a 7 day FREE trial + 10% off for LIFE when signing up with Be In Touch.
Click here -> https://beintouch.org.za/bark/

Bark is the most comprehensive online safety solution trusted by both parents and schools nationwide.

https://beintouch.org.za
info@beintouch.org.za

#barkapp #beintouch #parents #teens #moms #dads #parentalcontrol #digitaldangers #parentalcontrolapp #kids #safety #lifestye #parenting
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In a brave interview, Billie Eilish has revealed the impact that exposure to online pornography had on her at age 11.

She has said "I didn't understand why that was a bad thing - I thought it was how you learned how to have sex."

"I was an advocate and I thought I was one of the guys and would talk about it and think I was really cool for not having a problem with it and not seeing why it was bad."

The singer-songwriter said she believed viewing the content while so young had "destroyed" her brain and caused her to suffer nightmares.

Eilish said it is a "real problem" that porn could skew wider understandings of what is normal during sex, including around consent.

Talk to your kids today about porn! Make it a frequent and natural topic for family discussion. 
Install parental controls to filter the websites and apps that kids and t(w)eens can access. 
Do it for their mental health!

Follow the link in our bio to our Resources and our Porn Talk Guide.

#keepkidssafeonline

In a brave interview, Billie Eilish has revealed the impact that exposure to online pornography had on her at age 11.

She has said "I didn't understand why that was a bad thing - I thought it was how you learned how to have sex."

"I was an advocate and I thought I was one of the guys and would talk about it and think I was really cool for not having a problem with it and not seeing why it was bad."

The singer-songwriter said she believed viewing the content while so young had "destroyed" her brain and caused her to suffer nightmares.

Eilish said it is a "real problem" that porn could skew wider understandings of what is normal during sex, including around consent.

Talk to your kids today about porn! Make it a frequent and natural topic for family discussion.
Install parental controls to filter the websites and apps that kids and t(w)eens can access.
Do it for their mental health!

Follow the link in our bio to our Resources and our Porn Talk Guide.

#keepkidssafeonline
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#youknowit

#youknowit ...

Your child has a tablet or phone? FACT: they will stumble upon or search for online pornography.
Many parents don’t understand how seriously online porn is impacting this generation of teens.  It is powerful and creates a desire for more.
 
When teens view pornography they can develop:
 

Unrealistic sexual beliefs and values

An over-focus or obsession on sex

Sexually aggressive behaviours

An earlier interest in having sex

Promiscuity and sexually permissive behaviours

Anxiety about their own body and sexual performance

Behaviour problems and depressive feelings

Bonding issues with others, including their parents

 
Talk to your kids about sex and healthy relationships, or they will rely on the version they find on the internet where sex is about consumption rather than connection.
 
#16DaysOfActivismAgainstGenderBasedViolence

Your child has a tablet or phone? FACT: they will stumble upon or search for online pornography.
Many parents don’t understand how seriously online porn is impacting this generation of teens.  It is powerful and creates a desire for more.
 
When teens view pornography they can develop:
 

Unrealistic sexual beliefs and values

An over-focus or obsession on sex

Sexually aggressive behaviours

An earlier interest in having sex

Promiscuity and sexually permissive behaviours

Anxiety about their own body and sexual performance

Behaviour problems and depressive feelings

Bonding issues with others, including their parents

 
Talk to your kids about sex and healthy relationships, or they will rely on the version they find on the internet where sex is about consumption rather than connection.
 
#16DaysOfActivismAgainstGenderBasedViolence
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Rather than gifting smart devices, try the “loaned not owned” approach, with a contract that helps you agree and set boundaries, limits and consequences with your teen. Your sanity will thank you later!

Feel free to make our contract your own: https://beintouch.org.za/resources/
Or link in bio

#loannotown 

Credit: @jerrykcartoons

Rather than gifting smart devices, try the “loaned not owned” approach, with a contract that helps you agree and set boundaries, limits and consequences with your teen. Your sanity will thank you later!

Feel free to make our contract your own: https://beintouch.org.za/resources/
Or link in bio

#loannotown

Credit: @jerrykcartoons
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From the work we’ve done in schools this past year, getting learners from Grade 4 to Grade 11 to tell us what they are really seeing, doing and experiencing online, we know that 22% of kids have been exposed to online pornography by age 10, mostly at home on the internet.
 
Regular online porn consumption has a proven physiological and psychological impact on young developing brains.
 
Added to this, is the anxiety of our teens around –

understanding what normal sexual relationships are  

managing compulsion and addiction to pornography

knowing what is expected of them in relationships.

This is a real and present threat to their mental health.
 
Talk to your kids about sex and pornography! Use parental controls to block adult content and give you alerts in the important conversations you need to be having with your kids! Keep checking in and checking up!
Link in bio to more resources to help you with this.

#16daysofactivismagainstgenderbasedviolence

From the work we’ve done in schools this past year, getting learners from Grade 4 to Grade 11 to tell us what they are really seeing, doing and experiencing online, we know that 22% of kids have been exposed to online pornography by age 10, mostly at home on the internet.
 
Regular online porn consumption has a proven physiological and psychological impact on young developing brains.
 
Added to this, is the anxiety of our teens around –

understanding what normal sexual relationships are  

managing compulsion and addiction to pornography

knowing what is expected of them in relationships.

This is a real and present threat to their mental health.
 
Talk to your kids about sex and pornography! Use parental controls to block adult content and give you alerts in the important conversations you need to be having with your kids! Keep checking in and checking up!
Link in bio to more resources to help you with this.

#16daysofactivismagainstgenderbasedviolence
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We were honored to be invited to @salvazioneschool 30th birthday celebration!

An amazing school that does so much to change the course of young lives, with so little. This school was also the best supporter of @getyoti #share2protect campaign to keep kids safer online! 

#keepkidssafeonline #ageverification #makeadifference

We were honored to be invited to @salvazioneschool 30th birthday celebration!

An amazing school that does so much to change the course of young lives, with so little. This school was also the best supporter of @getyoti #share2protect campaign to keep kids safer online!

#keepkidssafeonline #ageverification #makeadifference
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