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

    Susan Tasker Avatar Susan Tasker
    December 10, 2020
  • positive review  deeply thoughtful ideas to help parents with meaningful control over the acess to social media for their children.

    TimRobin Farina Avatar TimRobin Farina
    December 10, 2020
  • positive review  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  The solution could not be more relevant.

    Arno Van Der Walt Avatar Arno Van Der Walt
    December 15, 2020
Parental controls are about monitoring not spying. Protecting, guiding and mentoring our kids as they go online, is an absolutely essential part of our job as parents in today’s digital world. 

Controls that give you alerts about what you need to guide your kids on, as well as giving you insights into what their passions and interests are, helps to build bridges for amazing connections between parents and their kids!

Chat to us about what would work for YOUR family info@beintouch.org.za
 
#parentalcontrols #bethere #beintouch

Parental controls are about monitoring not spying. Protecting, guiding and mentoring our kids as they go online, is an absolutely essential part of our job as parents in today’s digital world.

Controls that give you alerts about what you need to guide your kids on, as well as giving you insights into what their passions and interests are, helps to build bridges for amazing connections between parents and their kids!

Chat to us about what would work for YOUR family [email protected]
 
#parentalcontrols #bethere #beintouch
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Cyberbullying – mercilessly easy with devastating consequences. We need superheros more than ever before. We need those brave characters who step forward when they see wrong, and step up to set it right. Who are not afraid to speak up when someone needs to do so. Who can make a big impact to someone else’s life, with a small action. We call them UPSTANDERS. They are our cyber superheros.

An upstander can make all the difference to stopping cyberbullying quickly. We can teach and empower our kids to play an important role in protecting each other, by choosing to be an upstander rather than a bystander. How could they react when they observe cyberbullying?

Don’t laugh, encourage the bully or participate

Don’t become an “audience” for the bully, even the silent kind

Support the person being cyberbullied with a kind, caring, or complimentary message 

Include the victim in some of your online activities

Reach out to offer the cyberbully some kindness - they probably need it more than you think!

And always offload to an adult.

#stopcyberbullying #bekind #beanupstander

Cyberbullying – mercilessly easy with devastating consequences. We need superheros more than ever before. We need those brave characters who step forward when they see wrong, and step up to set it right. Who are not afraid to speak up when someone needs to do so. Who can make a big impact to someone else’s life, with a small action. We call them UPSTANDERS. They are our cyber superheros.

An upstander can make all the difference to stopping cyberbullying quickly. We can teach and empower our kids to play an important role in protecting each other, by choosing to be an upstander rather than a bystander. How could they react when they observe cyberbullying?

Don’t laugh, encourage the bully or participate

Don’t become an “audience” for the bully, even the silent kind

Support the person being cyberbullied with a kind, caring, or complimentary message

Include the victim in some of your online activities

Reach out to offer the cyberbully some kindness - they probably need it more than you think!

And always offload to an adult.

#stopcyberbullying #bekind #beanupstander
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Yes, if only life was that easy, my dear teen! 😀

#wishfulthinking

Credit: @jerrykcartoons

Yes, if only life was that easy, my dear teen! 😀

#wishfulthinking

Credit: @jerrykcartoons
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As the protests roll out through South Africa, your kids will be getting alerts, updates, tweets, posts, and breaking news directly to their phones. No matter how old they are, they may feel worried, frightened, angry, or even guilty. So, besides banning all devices, what can you do as a parent to help your kids deal with all this information?

Common Sense Media has these great suggestions:
⏩ For the family -
🔹Consider your own reactions. Your kids will look to the way you handle the news to determine their own approach. If you stay calm and rational, they will, too.
🔹Take action. Depending on the issue and kids' ages, families can find ways to help those affected by the news. 
⏩ For kids under 7 -
🔹Keep the news away. Turn off the TV and radio news when they are in range. 
🔹Talk about how you will keep your family safe. Try not to minimize or discount their concerns and fears, but reassure them by explaining all the protective measures that exist to keep them safe. 
🔹Be together. Though it's important to listen and not belittle their fears, distraction and physical comfort can go a long way. 
⏩ For kids 8–12 -
🔹Carefully consider your child's maturity and temperament. Many kids can handle a discussion of threatening events, but if your kids tend toward the sensitive side, be sure to keep them away from the TV news; repetitive images and stories can make dangers appear greater, more prevalent, and closer to home.
🔹Be available for questions and conversation. At this age, many kids will see the morality of events in stark black-and-white terms and are in the process of developing their moral beliefs. 
🔹Talk about, and filter, news coverage. If you let your kids use the Internet, go online with them. Monitor where your kids are going online. 
⏩ For teens -
🔹Check in. Since, in many instances, teens will have absorbed the news independently of you, talking with them can offer great insights into their developing politics and their senses of justice and morality. 
🔹Let teens express themselves. Many teens will feel passionately about events. Try to address their concerns without dismissing or minimizing them.
@commonsenseorg

As the protests roll out through South Africa, your kids will be getting alerts, updates, tweets, posts, and breaking news directly to their phones. No matter how old they are, they may feel worried, frightened, angry, or even guilty. So, besides banning all devices, what can you do as a parent to help your kids deal with all this information?

Common Sense Media has these great suggestions:
⏩ For the family -
🔹Consider your own reactions. Your kids will look to the way you handle the news to determine their own approach. If you stay calm and rational, they will, too.
🔹Take action. Depending on the issue and kids' ages, families can find ways to help those affected by the news.
⏩ For kids under 7 -
🔹Keep the news away. Turn off the TV and radio news when they are in range.
🔹Talk about how you will keep your family safe. Try not to minimize or discount their concerns and fears, but reassure them by explaining all the protective measures that exist to keep them safe.
🔹Be together. Though it's important to listen and not belittle their fears, distraction and physical comfort can go a long way.
⏩ For kids 8–12 -
🔹Carefully consider your child's maturity and temperament. Many kids can handle a discussion of threatening events, but if your kids tend toward the sensitive side, be sure to keep them away from the TV news; repetitive images and stories can make dangers appear greater, more prevalent, and closer to home.
🔹Be available for questions and conversation. At this age, many kids will see the morality of events in stark black-and-white terms and are in the process of developing their moral beliefs.
🔹Talk about, and filter, news coverage. If you let your kids use the Internet, go online with them. Monitor where your kids are going online.
⏩ For teens -
🔹Check in. Since, in many instances, teens will have absorbed the news independently of you, talking with them can offer great insights into their developing politics and their senses of justice and morality.
🔹Let teens express themselves. Many teens will feel passionately about events. Try to address their concerns without dismissing or minimizing them.
@commonsenseorg
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Privacy Protection or Secrecy Safeguarding?

WhatsApp already allows users to send messages that automatically delete themselves after seven days, and is now launching their new feature “View Once”, mimicking Snapchat’s disappearing photos and videos. The recipient will be able to view the photo or video only once, before the message self-destructs. It's good to keep in mind that the image will remain on the screen as long as it is not closed. During this time, the recipient can take a screenshot of the image, and WhatsApp will not notify the user because, unlike apps like Snapchat, there is no method used to detect screenshots implemented inside the app. Similarly, users can also record the image using another camera while the image is open.
 
Will WhatsApp now become the new easy-access cyberbullying, sexting and porn sharing app for tweens and teens? 🥺

#safersocialmedia #keepkidssafe

Privacy Protection or Secrecy Safeguarding?

WhatsApp already allows users to send messages that automatically delete themselves after seven days, and is now launching their new feature “View Once”, mimicking Snapchat’s disappearing photos and videos. The recipient will be able to view the photo or video only once, before the message self-destructs. It's good to keep in mind that the image will remain on the screen as long as it is not closed. During this time, the recipient can take a screenshot of the image, and WhatsApp will not notify the user because, unlike apps like Snapchat, there is no method used to detect screenshots implemented inside the app. Similarly, users can also record the image using another camera while the image is open.

Will WhatsApp now become the new easy-access cyberbullying, sexting and porn sharing app for tweens and teens? 🥺

#safersocialmedia #keepkidssafe
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Yoga, meditation, mindfulness, channeling my inner zen...

#gotthis💪

Yoga, meditation, mindfulness, channeling my inner zen...

#gotthis💪
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#teenparenting #survivalskills #lifehacks

#teenparenting #survivalskills #lifehacks ...

How did you teach your kids to ride a bike?

For sure, parenting today is much harder than the good old days! 
Tech is great, we all love it. A lot! But kids, tweens and teens are even more powerless than us to resist the lure. 
Our job as parents, is help them learn how to go online - safely, sanely.
Parental controls are priceless for peace of mind!

#keepkidssafeonline
#protectkids #protectdevices

How did you teach your kids to ride a bike?

For sure, parenting today is much harder than the good old days!
Tech is great, we all love it. A lot! But kids, tweens and teens are even more powerless than us to resist the lure.
Our job as parents, is help them learn how to go online - safely, sanely.
Parental controls are priceless for peace of mind!

#keepkidssafeonline
#protectkids #protectdevices
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You've got enough on your plate, let us help you figure it out!
info@beintouch.org.za
 
#parentalcontrolsareamust #peaceofmind

You've got enough on your plate, let us help you figure it out!
[email protected]
 
#parentalcontrolsareamust #peaceofmind
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I'm all about making tech work for ME! 

#familydigitalhealth

Credit: @jerrykcartoons

I'm all about making tech work for ME!

#familydigitalhealth

Credit: @jerrykcartoons
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Keeping our kids safer online is a global priority and we're all in this together! Josh was asked by @necessities4children to share his experiences about struggling with online and offline compulsions to youth in Florida:
"Sincere thanks for taking time to speak and inspire with your story! You ROCK and the feedback so far is amazing. It’s so inspiring and necessary for youth; with your vulnerability, honesty and real life application." 

Drop us a message if you'd like Josh to share his story with YOUR school, to inspire kids to SHARE back what they are really seeing, doing and feeling online👇
info@beintouch.org.za

#keepkidssafeonline #onlineoffline

Keeping our kids safer online is a global priority and we're all in this together! Josh was asked by @necessities4children to share his experiences about struggling with online and offline compulsions to youth in Florida:
"Sincere thanks for taking time to speak and inspire with your story! You ROCK and the feedback so far is amazing. It’s so inspiring and necessary for youth; with your vulnerability, honesty and real life application."

Drop us a message if you'd like Josh to share his story with YOUR school, to inspire kids to SHARE back what they are really seeing, doing and feeling online👇
[email protected]

#keepkidssafeonline #onlineoffline
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Join @salvazioneschool @getyoti and Be in Touch in helping to protect our youth as they go online, with better age verification measures. We need photos of under 13's to train up the technology to do this. AND every photo uploaded using this link will earn R20 towards much needed fundraising for Salvazione School! 
Please use this link and give us a photo of your child 🙏 It's quick, secure and POPI Act compliant!
https://share2protect.yoti.com/beintouch

#share2protect #yoti #ageverification #ageestimation

Join @salvazioneschool @getyoti and Be in Touch in helping to protect our youth as they go online, with better age verification measures. We need photos of under 13's to train up the technology to do this. AND every photo uploaded using this link will earn R20 towards much needed fundraising for Salvazione School!
Please use this link and give us a photo of your child 🙏 It's quick, secure and POPI Act compliant!
https://share2protect.yoti.com/beintouch

#share2protect #yoti #ageverification #ageestimation
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#youknowit #lynchcartoon

#youknowit #lynchcartoon ...

It’s an endless task these days, protecting our kids when they go online, from seeing things and talking to people that they shouldn’t.
Imagine a world where proper online age verification for under 13’s exists. It is a reality, but we need YOUR help!
Be In Touch, FEDSAS and Media Monitoring Africa are supporting better protection for kids going online. We’re helping Yoti to run the #share2protect campaign, to gather 50 000 photos to train age estimation technology.
It is a quick process, safe, secure and POPI compliant. 
Get your school signed up today and share in the amazing rewards on offer, while doing your bit to keep all of our kids safer online!
Send an email to share2protect@yoti.com, to get a full campaign launch pack.
 
#share2protect
@getyoti @fedsas @webrangersza

It’s an endless task these days, protecting our kids when they go online, from seeing things and talking to people that they shouldn’t.
Imagine a world where proper online age verification for under 13’s exists. It is a reality, but we need YOUR help!
Be In Touch, FEDSAS and Media Monitoring Africa are supporting better protection for kids going online. We’re helping Yoti to run the #share2protect campaign, to gather 50 000 photos to train age estimation technology.
It is a quick process, safe, secure and POPI compliant.
Get your school signed up today and share in the amazing rewards on offer, while doing your bit to keep all of our kids safer online!
Send an email to [email protected], to get a full campaign launch pack.
 
#share2protect
@getyoti @fedsas @webrangersza
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Remember when?

#throwbacktuesday

Remember when?

#throwbacktuesday
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An app where teens get to curate each other’s profile…. ummm, OK?? Or not?
 
POPARAZZI is the new photo sharing platform “where your friends are your paparazzi and you are theirs”. Selfie mode is disabled, so you can only take photos of your friends, and there are no features like cropping, captions or filters! It’s raw, unedited life, as caught in the moment. 
 
Chat to your teens about owning their own profile - and reputation! Ask them how they would manage photos that show them in a compromising way, and what their digital footprint might look like if their friends get to direct the direction it takes.

#beintouch #beintheknow

An app where teens get to curate each other’s profile…. ummm, OK?? Or not?
 
POPARAZZI is the new photo sharing platform “where your friends are your paparazzi and you are theirs”. Selfie mode is disabled, so you can only take photos of your friends, and there are no features like cropping, captions or filters! It’s raw, unedited life, as caught in the moment.
 
Chat to your teens about owning their own profile - and reputation! Ask them how they would manage photos that show them in a compromising way, and what their digital footprint might look like if their friends get to direct the direction it takes.

#beintouch #beintheknow
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Let's all make it our business!

#childprotectionweek2021

Let's all make it our business!

#childprotectionweek2021
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Referencing Hannah Baker, a teenager whose suicide is the central story of the Netflix show, 13 Reasons Why, the Baker Act TikTok Challenge involves teens telling how they have tried to or want to commit suicide, what works and what doesn’t.

If your kids are on TikTok, PLEASE talk to them! We know this is a fine line between sparking curiosity and helping your teen deal with something they might stumble onto online.

Ask them these questions:
*Do you know anyone who's threatened to hurt or kill themselves?
*Why do you think they've done that?
*How does that make you feel?
*Do you ever feel like hurting yourself?

#childprotectionweek2021

Referencing Hannah Baker, a teenager whose suicide is the central story of the Netflix show, 13 Reasons Why, the Baker Act TikTok Challenge involves teens telling how they have tried to or want to commit suicide, what works and what doesn’t.

If your kids are on TikTok, PLEASE talk to them! We know this is a fine line between sparking curiosity and helping your teen deal with something they might stumble onto online.

Ask them these questions:
*Do you know anyone who's threatened to hurt or kill themselves?
*Why do you think they've done that?
*How does that make you feel?
*Do you ever feel like hurting yourself?

#childprotectionweek2021
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