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.

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

      Susan Tasker Avatar Susan Tasker
      December 10, 2020
    • positive review  Be in Touch is an absolute invaluable initiative and resource for parents and their children, and even for grandparents like myself, as we navigate this ever growing digital landscape. The digital connected world has such incredible value, but also many challenges, as not only we are being exposed to very powerful negative agendas over the web, but also the danger of devices being the new addiction. Josh and team, thanks so much for coming form a deep values-based motivation to support us in this way.

      Tertia Smit Avatar Tertia Smit
      December 17, 2020
    • positive review  Simple, insightful - what all busy parents need

      Rmd Gammatec Avatar Rmd Gammatec
      December 10, 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  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
    • positive review  The solution could not be more relevant.

      Arno Van Der Walt Avatar Arno Van Der Walt
      December 15, 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
    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
    ...

    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
    ...

    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
    ...

    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
    ...

    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
    ...

    @futurecraftkids On board your kids to the Future-Craft World and let them GAME TO GROW!
www.future-craft.com

#goodscreentime #funandfunctional #gametogrow #minecraft  #minecrafteducation #familydigitalwellness #futurecraft #futurecraftkids #futurecraftworld

    @futurecraftkids On board your kids to the Future-Craft World and let them GAME TO GROW!
    www.future-craft.com

    #goodscreentime #funandfunctional #gametogrow #minecraft #minecrafteducation #familydigitalwellness #futurecraft #futurecraftkids #futurecraftworld
    ...

    LINK IN BIO 

Hey parents!
We are giving away 2 FREE A FREE @futurecraftkids One FREE Future-Craft world with every registration over at https://future-craft.com/ 

We know kids can "game to grow"  and have partnered with the amazing team at Computers4kids to create 12 FUN and educational Minecraft Worlds for ages 8 to 13 to play this Holiday season.

Your kids will learn 21st century skills while having fun in our safe, single player Minecraft worlds.

Our feedback to parents means you will get insights on what they are learning, and conversation cues to help you cross the "digital divide".

*Please note you need to have already purchased Minecraft to use our bespoke worlds
**12 Future-Craft world adventure pack was $29 NOW $19 for January!

    LINK IN BIO

    Hey parents!
    We are giving away 2 FREE A FREE @futurecraftkids One FREE Future-Craft world with every registration over at https://future-craft.com/

    We know kids can "game to grow" and have partnered with the amazing team at Computers4kids to create 12 FUN and educational Minecraft Worlds for ages 8 to 13 to play this Holiday season.

    Your kids will learn 21st century skills while having fun in our safe, single player Minecraft worlds.

    Our feedback to parents means you will get insights on what they are learning, and conversation cues to help you cross the "digital divide".

    *Please note you need to have already purchased Minecraft to use our bespoke worlds
    **12 Future-Craft world adventure pack was $29 NOW $19 for January!
    ...

    How about making time for more "face to face" conversations these holidays? Talking in person comes with the benefit of all sorts of body language cues that are key to really understanding and "getting" each other. And if it must be written, THINK, is it -
True
Helpful
Inspiring
Necessary
Kind?

#beintouch #digitalparenting #consciousparenting #think #sayit #saywhatyoumean #bekind

    How about making time for more "face to face" conversations these holidays? Talking in person comes with the benefit of all sorts of body language cues that are key to really understanding and "getting" each other. And if it must be written, THINK, is it -
    True
    Helpful
    Inspiring
    Necessary
    Kind?

    #beintouch #digitalparenting #consciousparenting #think #sayit #saywhatyoumean #bekind
    ...

    Kate & Josh at Be In Touch, are really hoping your festive season will be - well, no other way to say it, but - G.O.A.T!

#beintouch #digitalparenting #famikydigitalwellness #socialmediaslang #teentalk #consciousparenting

    Kate & Josh at Be In Touch, are really hoping your festive season will be - well, no other way to say it, but - G.O.A.T!

    #beintouch #digitalparenting #famikydigitalwellness #socialmediaslang #teentalk #consciousparenting
    ...

    What tech / life balance are you looking to bring into your family this festive season? 

#beintouch #digitalparenting #familydigitalwellness #familytime #familychat #techbalance #techbalancedkids #consciousparenting #familyrules #digitalfamilyalliance #thinkaboutit

    What tech / life balance are you looking to bring into your family this festive season?

    #beintouch #digitalparenting #familydigitalwellness #familytime #familychat #techbalance #techbalancedkids #consciousparenting #familyrules #digitalfamilyalliance #thinkaboutit
    ...

    Keep in touch, stay in touch, just be in touch! Your kids need you to help guide them through their parallel digital universe.

#beintouch #digitalparenting #digitalwellness #talktothem #licensetoparent #conciousparenting #cybersavvy

    Keep in touch, stay in touch, just be in touch! Your kids need you to help guide them through their parallel digital universe.

    #beintouch #digitalparenting #digitalwellness #talktothem #licensetoparent #conciousparenting #cybersavvy
    ...

    Are phones on the Christmas list this year? LOANING rather than OWNING means you can keep a check on how and what they are used for. Download our editable Digital Family Pledge, to help you set the ground rules for building good digital habits for life. Now THAT is one of the best gifts you can give your kids! https://beintouch.org.za/resources/

#beintouch #digitalparenting #loannotown #cybersavvy #consciousparenting #techsmart #licensetoparent #gooddigitalhabits

    Are phones on the Christmas list this year? LOANING rather than OWNING means you can keep a check on how and what they are used for. Download our editable Digital Family Pledge, to help you set the ground rules for building good digital habits for life. Now THAT is one of the best gifts you can give your kids! https://beintouch.org.za/resources/

    #beintouch #digitalparenting #loannotown #cybersavvy #consciousparenting #techsmart #licensetoparent #gooddigitalhabits
    ...

    Got no tea to share today, sorry!

#beintouch #digitalparenting #socialmediaslang #slayit #tea

    Got no tea to share today, sorry!

    #beintouch #digitalparenting #socialmediaslang #slayit #tea
    ...

    What does YOUR digital footprint look like?

As parents navigating the parallel digital universe along with our kids, we know how irresistible it can be sometimes, to comment or post online. And how we can regret it! 

Teaching our kids to THINK before they comment in real life, is a life skill that will also help them online. Keep asking them: Is what you just said -
T  true?
H  helpful?
I  inspiring?
N  necessary?
K  kind?

#beintouch #digitalparenting #bekind  #besavvy #think #noregrets #digitalfootprint #digitaltattoo #canttakeitback #lifeskills 

#beintouch #

    What does YOUR digital footprint look like?

    As parents navigating the parallel digital universe along with our kids, we know how irresistible it can be sometimes, to comment or post online. And how we can regret it!

    Teaching our kids to THINK before they comment in real life, is a life skill that will also help them online. Keep asking them: Is what you just said -
    T true?
    H helpful?
    I inspiring?
    N necessary?
    K kind?

    #beintouch #digitalparenting #bekind #besavvy #think #noregrets #digitalfootprint #digitaltattoo #canttakeitback #lifeskills

    #beintouch #
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    WHO WAS COLLIN? Collin Kartchner, a father of 4, child advocate, social activist and founder of the world-wide movement #SavetheKids, spoke openly to schools and communities across the US and Canada on the dangers of kids using smart phones and social media like Snapchat, TikTok, & Instagram, as well as the negative effects of violent video gaming and pornography. His goal was to help teens rise above social media comparison, negativity, cyber bullying, and the stress of being perfect. He was also adamant that most kids aren’t being exposed to porn for the first time directly from the porn sites, but from apps like TikTok, Snapchat and Instagram. 
He called TikTok “the Pied Piper, leading our children off the cliff of their childhoods”, and that TikTok is “the sound of an app stealing your kid’s life away”.
He called Snapchat “a disaster app that glorifies porn, sex, suicide, drugs, and other inappropriate topics,” and declared 1 June 2018 “Delete Snapchat Day”, calling for parents and kids to take a stand together.
Collin’s rallying cry was: “We’re fighting a trillion dollar tech industry with zero accountability and zero incentive to stop throwing kids under their digital bus.”
👇PARENTS - please use this "real age" guide to social media apps to check in with your kids today, and make decisions that are right for YOUR family.

#beintouch #digitalparenting #savethekids #savetheparents #socialmedia #realage #teenmentalhealth

    WHO WAS COLLIN? Collin Kartchner, a father of 4, child advocate, social activist and founder of the world-wide movement #SavetheKids, spoke openly to schools and communities across the US and Canada on the dangers of kids using smart phones and social media like Snapchat, TikTok, & Instagram, as well as the negative effects of violent video gaming and pornography. His goal was to help teens rise above social media comparison, negativity, cyber bullying, and the stress of being perfect. He was also adamant that most kids aren’t being exposed to porn for the first time directly from the porn sites, but from apps like TikTok, Snapchat and Instagram.
    He called TikTok “the Pied Piper, leading our children off the cliff of their childhoods”, and that TikTok is “the sound of an app stealing your kid’s life away”.
    He called Snapchat “a disaster app that glorifies porn, sex, suicide, drugs, and other inappropriate topics,” and declared 1 June 2018 “Delete Snapchat Day”, calling for parents and kids to take a stand together.
    Collin’s rallying cry was: “We’re fighting a trillion dollar tech industry with zero accountability and zero incentive to stop throwing kids under their digital bus.”
    👇PARENTS - please use this "real age" guide to social media apps to check in with your kids today, and make decisions that are right for YOUR family.

    #beintouch #digitalparenting #savethekids #savetheparents #socialmedia #realage #teenmentalhealth
    ...

    Today, we reflect on the life of this incredibly kind and inspirational man - a warrior for our children and an advocate for protecting their mental health against social media. Collin Kartchner has touched so many young lives, and has left a digital footprint that we MUST keep following.

#savethekids #savetheparents
#beintouch
#collinkartchner
#hug
#socialmedia
#teenmentalhealth

    Today, we reflect on the life of this incredibly kind and inspirational man - a warrior for our children and an advocate for protecting their mental health against social media. Collin Kartchner has touched so many young lives, and has left a digital footprint that we MUST keep following.

    #savethekids #savetheparents
    #beintouch
    #collinkartchner
    #hug
    #socialmedia
    #teenmentalhealth
    ...

    No one makes good decisions when they are tired. And with night time being "prime time" for cyber bullying, it's a no brainer to keep devices out of bedrooms at night.
#screensshouldsleep ... on their very own comfortable, communal, central charging couch!

#beintouch #digitalparenting #licensetoparent #ownit #savethekids #gooddigitalhabits #screennogozone

    No one makes good decisions when they are tired. And with night time being "prime time" for cyber bullying, it's a no brainer to keep devices out of bedrooms at night.
    #screensshouldsleep ... on their very own comfortable, communal, central charging couch!

    #beintouch #digitalparenting #licensetoparent #ownit #savethekids #gooddigitalhabits #screennogozone
    ...

    Keep encouraging your kids to "keep it real" - and to chat to you about friends that they are worried about.
#beintouch #digitalparenting #sadfishing #cryforhelp #keepitreal #digitaldepression #savetheparents #savethekids

    Keep encouraging your kids to "keep it real" - and to chat to you about friends that they are worried about.
    #beintouch #digitalparenting #sadfishing #cryforhelp #keepitreal #digitaldepression #savetheparents #savethekids
    ...