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  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  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  Very important for all families with young children, tweens and teens!

    Susan Tasker Avatar Susan Tasker
    December 10, 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  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
Yo, Rents! Need to brush up a bit? 

#beintouch #teenslang
#socialmediaslang
#onlinelife #onlineoffline #digitalwellbeing #digitalparenting #teenspeak #socialmedia

Yo, Rents! Need to brush up a bit?

#beintouch #teenslang
#socialmediaslang
#onlinelife #onlineoffline #digitalwellbeing #digitalparenting #teenspeak #socialmedia
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To all the MOMS out there - we salute the role you play in your kids' lives! You are more important than you will ever know...

#beintouch #mothersday #mum #mom #parenting

To all the MOMS out there - we salute the role you play in your kids' lives! You are more important than you will ever know...

#beintouch #mothersday #mum #mom #parenting
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We are so excited to be launching the #share2protect campaign with FEDSAS, gathering data to train technology to do exactly this, through a facial scan, keeping kids safer online!
@fedsas @getyoti 

#beintouch #ageestimation #keepkidssafeonline #yoti #fedsas #share2protect #under13 #filters #digitalfence #agerestriction #agegating #grooming

We are so excited to be launching the #share2protect campaign with FEDSAS, gathering data to train technology to do exactly this, through a facial scan, keeping kids safer online!
@fedsas @getyoti

#beintouch #ageestimation #keepkidssafeonline #yoti #fedsas #share2protect #under13 #filters #digitalfence #agerestriction #agegating #grooming
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"If we don't know what are our kids are seeing and doing online, we can't be there for them."

We help schools and their parents -

Get real insights into what their learners are actually experiencing and being exposed too, online

Understand how this is impacting teaching and parenting

Realise the impact on how this generation is growing up

Find practical responses to support, guide, mentor and protect kids going online.

#beintouch
#digitalwellbeing #kidsonline #onlineoffline #digitalparenting #consciousparenting #stats #trends #cyberbullying #pornography #strangerdanger #grooming #selfharm #drugsandalcohol

"If we don't know what are our kids are seeing and doing online, we can't be there for them."

We help schools and their parents -

Get real insights into what their learners are actually experiencing and being exposed too, online

Understand how this is impacting teaching and parenting

Realise the impact on how this generation is growing up

Find practical responses to support, guide, mentor and protect kids going online.

#beintouch
#digitalwellbeing #kidsonline #onlineoffline #digitalparenting #consciousparenting #stats #trends #cyberbullying #pornography #strangerdanger #grooming #selfharm #drugsandalcohol
...

Smart phones and tablets are designed for adults, and let's face it - they are hard for US to manage and control!
Kids need their parents to help guide and mentor them through their online-offine life. 

Treat devices like a bicycle when letting your kids on to them, and put on some "training wheels" -
*Install parental controls & limits
*Set boundaries on when & where to use them
*Check IN & Check UP

"If we don't know what's going on in their world, we can't help them!"

Click the link in our bio to sign up for our newletter and join the Be In Touch Digital Village.

Smart phones and tablets are designed for adults, and let's face it - they are hard for US to manage and control!
Kids need their parents to help guide and mentor them through their online-offine life.

Treat devices like a bicycle when letting your kids on to them, and put on some "training wheels" -
*Install parental controls & limits
*Set boundaries on when & where to use them
*Check IN & Check UP

"If we don't know what's going on in their world, we can't help them!"

Click the link in our bio to sign up for our newletter and join the Be In Touch Digital Village.
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It takes a "digital village" to raise our children in today's online world! Come and join us...

#beintouch #digitalwellbeing #digitalparenting #onlinelife #keepkidssafe #techsavvy #consciousparenting #digitalvillage

It takes a "digital village" to raise our children in today's online world! Come and join us...

#beintouch #digitalwellbeing #digitalparenting #onlinelife #keepkidssafe #techsavvy #consciousparenting #digitalvillage
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In one of our recent surveys at a boys’ high school in South Africa, we asked WHAT TIME OF DAY DOES CYBERBULLYING MOSTLY HAPPEN? The response?
56% said late at night
24% said in the evenings
16% said in the afternoons
4% said in the mornings
 
Makes sense that families who put devices to bed, on charge, outside of bedrooms at night, halve the risk of cyberbullying. 
And better sleep all round is an added bonus!
 
If you’d like to get more insights like this for your school, chat to us - info@beintouch.org.za

In one of our recent surveys at a boys’ high school in South Africa, we asked WHAT TIME OF DAY DOES CYBERBULLYING MOSTLY HAPPEN? The response?
56% said late at night
24% said in the evenings
16% said in the afternoons
4% said in the mornings
 
Makes sense that families who put devices to bed, on charge, outside of bedrooms at night, halve the risk of cyberbullying.
And better sleep all round is an added bonus!
 
If you’d like to get more insights like this for your school, chat to us - [email protected]
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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

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!

#mutuals #beintouch #digitalvillage #followforfollowback #spreadthelove

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! 😉

#bekind #beintouch #teenslang #onlinelife #teenmentalhealth #teenspeak #teentalk #genz #digitalwellbeing #digitalfamilywellness #digitalparenting

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! 😉

#bekind #beintouch #teenslang #onlinelife #teenmentalhealth #teenspeak #teentalk #genz #digitalwellbeing #digitalfamilywellness #digitalparenting
...

When was your last #madcapmoment?

#beintouch #beconscious #liveyourbestlife

When was your last #madcapmoment?

#beintouch #beconscious #liveyourbestlife
...

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

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
...

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

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
...

"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! 

#beintouch #digitalgatekeeper #digitalvillage #digitalfamilyalliance #digitalfamilywellness #consciousparenting #cybersavvy #onlinelife #digitalparenting #licensetoparent

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
...

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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