WHO WE ARE

About the Be In Touch team

About the
Be In Touch team

WHERE WE CAME FROM

How We Started

As a mother of two Kate experienced first hand the need for taking action to educate, connect and protect her family as they gained more and more access to the digital world. After sitting through a few very scary talks on the subject, but not finding any practical advice, she set out to bring together tips and resources for parents like her that needed help.

 

Along the way she met Josh, an educator with a passion for digital wellness born out of his need to repair his own poor relationship with digital media. Kate arranged for Josh to present a series of talks and workshops in children’s school, and following the talks success Kate and Josh decided to formalise their partnership and launched Be in Touch.

WHERE WE CAME FROM

How We Started

As a mother of two Kate experienced first hand the need for taking action to educate, connect and protect her family as they gained more and more access to the digital world. After sitting through a few very scary talks on the subject, but not finding any practical advice, she set out to bring together tips and resources for parents like her that needed help.

 

Along the way she met Josh, an educator with a passion for digital wellness born out of his need to repair his own poor relationship with digital media. Kate arranged for Josh to present a series of talks and workshops in children’s school, and following the talks success Kate and Josh decided to formalise their partnership and launched Be in Touch.

OUR PATH

Where Are We Going

We love technology AND our children but sometimes we wish they didn’t go quite so well together. Like you, we are trying to figure out how to balance our children's tech world with their health, safety and sanity - and ours!

 

Family Digital Wellness can feel overwhelming, so we are sharing as we go - simple, practical solutions to help you on this journey.

 

We get parents and children thinking and talking about the device use challenges they have, and how they can improve their daily digital habits. We run inspiring, life-changing face-to-face or online learning experiences for children, parents and teachers. Our easy and practical solutions and products will make sure you and your children are educated, connected and protected in the digital world.

 

We are all about simplifying the complicated world of digital wellness with practical tips, resources and products. To keep offering solutions that our parents and children really need, our work is driven by the search enquiries we receive every day.

OUR PATH

Where Are We Going

We love technology AND our children but sometimes we wish they didn’t go quite so well together. Like you, we are trying to figure out how to balance our children tech world with their health, safety and sanity - and ours!

 

Family Digital Wellness can feel overwhelming, so we are sharing as we go - simple, practical solutions to help you on this journey.

 

We get parents and children thinking and talking about the device use challenges they have, and how they can improve their daily digital habits. We run inspiring, life-changing face-to-face or online learning experiences for children, parents and teachers. Our easy and practical solutions and products will make sure you and your children are educated, connected and protected in the digital world.

 

We are all about simplifying the complicated world of digital wellness with practical tips, resources and products. To keep offering solutions that our parents and children really need, our work is driven by the search enquiries we receive every day.

WHO WE ARE

Mother | Thinker | Visionary | Founder

Kate

From an interest in marine biology which broadened to “swimming with sharks” in a corporate environment as an environmental lawyer, Kate has always got involved in ventures that channel her passion for motivating others and making a difference. She has a husband who views Whatsapp as the pinnacle of social media, and so, as an almost 50-year-old mum of two tweens, keenly felt the pressure to better understand the digital world and how to manage its impact on her kids.

 

The concept of Be In Touch was born, out of the realisation that the intel she was gathering was needed by other like-minded parents, also doing their best to try and keep afloat in the modern age of parenting.

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Father | Educator | Luminary | Founder

Josh

Having completed a degree in psychology, philosophy, and coaching, Josh spent his twenties travelling the world working as a model, actor and later a stuntman.

 

He has seen first-hand the illusion of the ‘entertainment engine’ and decided to pursue purpose over profit. His broad scope of experience from working in organisational development to holding workshops for teens and tweens, means he always begins with the end in mind, and brings humour and realism to every interaction with adults and children.

WHO WE ARE

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Mother | Thinker | Visionary | Founder

Kate

From an interest in marine biology which broadened to “swimming with sharks” in a corporate environment as an environmental lawyer, Kate has always got involved in ventures that channel her passion for motivating others and making a difference. She has a husband who views Whatsapp as the pinnacle of social media, and so, as an almost 50-year-old mum of two tweens, keenly felt the pressure to better understand the digital world and how to manage its impact on her kids.

 

The concept of Be In Touch was born, out of the realisation that the intel she was gathering was needed by other like-minded parents, also doing their best to try and keep afloat in the modern age of parenting.

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FATHER | EDUCATOR | LUMINARY | FOUNDER

Josh

Having survived a degree in psychology, philosophy, and coaching, Josh spent his twenties travelling the world working as a model, actor and later a stuntman.

 

He has seen first-hand the illusion of the ‘entertainment engine’ and decided to pursue purpose over profit. His broad scope of experience from working in organisational development to holding workshops for teens and tweens, means he always begins with the end in mind, and brings humour to every interaction with adults and children.

5 STAR REVIEWS

What our customer say about us

  • positive review  Simple, insightful - what all busy parents need

    Rmd Gammatec Avatar Rmd Gammatec
    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  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  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  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
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Be In Touch is so excited to announce that... BARK IS FINALLY HERE, SOUTH AFRICA!

🤩Monitor content
🤩Manage screen time
🤩Filter websites
 
Get your free 7 day trial and 10% off for life: click link in bio
 
Bark monitors over 30+ apps and social media platforms and alerts parents to signs of cyberbullying, self-harm and suicide ideation, online predators, sexual content, threats of violence and more!
@barktechnologies
@titaniajordan  
#beintouch #BeInTheKnow #beanonlineparent #bethere
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FLAMING is similar to harassment, but it refers to an online fight exchanged via emails, instant messaging or chat rooms. It is a type of public bullying that often directs harsh languages, or images to a specific person.

#cyberbullying #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #beintouch

FLAMING is similar to harassment, but it refers to an online fight exchanged via emails, instant messaging or chat rooms. It is a type of public bullying that often directs harsh languages, or images to a specific person.

#cyberbullying #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #beintouch
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DOXING, also known as outing, refers to the act of openly revealing sensitive or personal information about someone without their consent for purposes of embarrassing, humiliating or hurting them. This can range from the spreading of personal photos or documents of public figures to sharing an individual’s saved personal messages in an online private group. The key is the lack of consent from the victim.

#cyberbullying #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #beintouch

DOXING, also known as outing, refers to the act of openly revealing sensitive or personal information about someone without their consent for purposes of embarrassing, humiliating or hurting them. This can range from the spreading of personal photos or documents of public figures to sharing an individual’s saved personal messages in an online private group. The key is the lack of consent from the victim.

#cyberbullying #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #beintouch
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So many forms of cyberbullying...

DISSING is when a bully spreads cruel information about their target through public posts or private messages to either ruin their reputation or relationships with other people. In these situations, the bully tends to have a personal relationship with the victim, either as an acquaintance or as a friend.

#cyberbullying #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #beintouch

So many forms of cyberbullying...

DISSING is when a bully spreads cruel information about their target through public posts or private messages to either ruin their reputation or relationships with other people. In these situations, the bully tends to have a personal relationship with the victim, either as an acquaintance or as a friend.

#cyberbullying #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #beintouch
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Cyberbullying takes many different forms!

TROLLING is when a bully tries to intentionally upset others by posting inflammatory comments online with malicious and harmful intent. These bullies tend to be more detached from their victims, and do not have a personal relationship.

#cyberbullying #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #beintouch

Cyberbullying takes many different forms!

TROLLING is when a bully tries to intentionally upset others by posting inflammatory comments online with malicious and harmful intent. These bullies tend to be more detached from their victims, and do not have a personal relationship.

#cyberbullying #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #beintouch
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The third type of cyberbullying in our Mental Health Awareness series, is Masquerading: 

This happens when a bully creates a fake profile or identity online with the sole purpose of cyberbullying someone. It could involve creating a fake email account, fake social media profile, and selecting a new identity and photos to fool the victim. In addition to creating a fake identity, the bully can impersonate someone else to send malicious messages to the victim. In these cases, the bully tends to be someone the victim knows quite well.

#cyberbullying #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #beintouch

The third type of cyberbullying in our Mental Health Awareness series, is Masquerading:

This happens when a bully creates a fake profile or identity online with the sole purpose of cyberbullying someone. It could involve creating a fake email account, fake social media profile, and selecting a new identity and photos to fool the victim. In addition to creating a fake identity, the bully can impersonate someone else to send malicious messages to the victim. In these cases, the bully tends to be someone the victim knows quite well.

#cyberbullying #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #beintouch
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We can't, or don't necessarily want to be friends with everybody, but we can choose to be kind.

The next in our series of online bullying is EXCLUSION: 
This occurs when someone has been intentionally excluded or singled out from online group activities such as group conversations and multiplayer games. The group might then subsequently leave malicious comments and harass the person they singled out.

#cyberbullying #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #teenmentalhealth #beintouch

We can't, or don't necessarily want to be friends with everybody, but we can choose to be kind.

The next in our series of online bullying is EXCLUSION:
This occurs when someone has been intentionally excluded or singled out from online group activities such as group conversations and multiplayer games. The group might then subsequently leave malicious comments and harass the person they singled out.

#cyberbullying #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #teenmentalhealth #beintouch
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October is Mental Health Awareness Month!

Online or Cyber bullying is a big factor in t(w)een mental health. Do you know how many different disguises it comes in? 

Let's start with HARASSMENT: 
This involves the online bully sending hurtful, offensive, rude,  malicious and even threatening messages to an individual or a group, and is often repeated multiple times. It can lead to physical harassment in the real, offline world.

#cyberbullying #teenmentalhealth #beintouch

October is Mental Health Awareness Month!

Online or Cyber bullying is a big factor in t(w)een mental health. Do you know how many different disguises it comes in?

Let's start with HARASSMENT:
This involves the online bully sending hurtful, offensive, rude, malicious and even threatening messages to an individual or a group, and is often repeated multiple times. It can lead to physical harassment in the real, offline world.

#cyberbullying #teenmentalhealth #beintouch
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At your snapping point with Snapchat? 😊

Join us for a free 30 min webinar to find out all you need to know about why your teen loves it, and how to keep them safer and saner!

Wed 13 October @12 noon (SAST)

*follow link in bio to register*

#snapchat #onlineparenting #beintouch

At your snapping point with Snapchat? 😊

Join us for a free 30 min webinar to find out all you need to know about why your teen loves it, and how to keep them safer and saner!

Wed 13 October @12 noon (SAST)

*follow link in bio to register*

#snapchat #onlineparenting #beintouch
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Evidence provided by ex-Facebook whistle-blower, Frances Haugen, has shown the negative impact of Instagram on teen mental health, particularly body-image issues for girls. 
 
Frances has testified to the US Senate that “the company's leadership knows how to make Facebook and Instagram safer, but won't make the necessary changes because they put their astronomical profits before people."
 
“Let's imagine a different world. In a world where we designed social media such that it's less relying on algorithms to pick what we should focus on, normal social interactions will regulate what we talk about…. If you and I were having a conversation and I kept talking about the same thing over and over again, at some point you're going to walk away from me, right? But algorithms will say, "Ooh, people engage with this topic the most. Let's show it to you more." And that's part of the danger for like teenagers, right? Part of the reason why these teen girls are getting eating disorders is they one time look up weight loss and the algorithm's like, "Oh great. We'll keep showing you more and more extreme weight loss things."

#beintheknow #beconscious #beintouch

Evidence provided by ex-Facebook whistle-blower, Frances Haugen, has shown the negative impact of Instagram on teen mental health, particularly body-image issues for girls.
 
Frances has testified to the US Senate that “the company's leadership knows how to make Facebook and Instagram safer, but won't make the necessary changes because they put their astronomical profits before people."
 
“Let's imagine a different world. In a world where we designed social media such that it's less relying on algorithms to pick what we should focus on, normal social interactions will regulate what we talk about…. If you and I were having a conversation and I kept talking about the same thing over and over again, at some point you're going to walk away from me, right? But algorithms will say, "Ooh, people engage with this topic the most. Let's show it to you more." And that's part of the danger for like teenagers, right? Part of the reason why these teen girls are getting eating disorders is they one time look up weight loss and the algorithm's like, "Oh great. We'll keep showing you more and more extreme weight loss things."

#beintheknow #beconscious #beintouch
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And the world discovered yet another "new normal!"

#beinspired #beintouch

And the world discovered yet another "new normal!"

#beinspired #beintouch
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This was quite a week for Facebook and Instagram!
Following closely on the leaked report showing that Facebook is aware of the negative impact that Instagram has on teen mental health, particularly girls and body image, comes the welcome news that they are pausing development of “Instagram Kids” to work with parents, experts, policymakers and regulators, to listen to their concerns.
App developers are self-regulated, so set their own age limits on app stores, leaving the burden of regulation on the shoulders of parents.

What do you think?

Should Instagram have an age rating higher than 13? 

How do you feel about Instagram for under 13’s?

 
#beinformed #beconscious #betheparent #beintouch

This was quite a week for Facebook and Instagram!
Following closely on the leaked report showing that Facebook is aware of the negative impact that Instagram has on teen mental health, particularly girls and body image, comes the welcome news that they are pausing development of “Instagram Kids” to work with parents, experts, policymakers and regulators, to listen to their concerns.
App developers are self-regulated, so set their own age limits on app stores, leaving the burden of regulation on the shoulders of parents.

What do you think?

Should Instagram have an age rating higher than 13?

How do you feel about Instagram for under 13’s?

 
#beinformed #beconscious #betheparent #beintouch
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Keeping up..it's a full time job!

#beconnected #beintouch #beintheknow

Keeping up..it's a full time job!

#beconnected #beintouch #beintheknow
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Join our 30 minute quick dive into your teen’s Instagram world! Wednesday 29 September at 12 noon (SAST)
*link in bio*

#beintheknow #beaware #bethere #beintouch

Join our 30 minute quick dive into your teen’s Instagram world! Wednesday 29 September at 12 noon (SAST)
*link in bio*

#beintheknow #beaware #bethere #beintouch
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Ohhhh, the agony!!
 
#beconnected #beintouch

Ohhhh, the agony!!
 
#beconnected #beintouch
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Come join us inside your teen’s TikTok life!
Wednesday 22 September at 12 noon (SAST).
 
*Link in bio to register*
 
#beatiktokker #beintheknow #beintouch

Come join us inside your teen’s TikTok life!
Wednesday 22 September at 12 noon (SAST).
 
*Link in bio to register*
 
#beatiktokker #beintheknow #beintouch
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The reminder we need to hold onto!

#8secondhug #savethekids #collinkartchner

The reminder we need to hold onto!

#8secondhug #savethekids #collinkartchner
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Yip, a lot of days I sooo get Bob!
 
#betechsavvy #besmart #beintouch

Yip, a lot of days I sooo get Bob!
 
#betechsavvy #besmart #beintouch
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