Kids

From Pre-K through 8th grade

Maybe it’s because I’m a kid at heart, but I make this program educational and entertaining as possible. Kids today are digital natives and I want to help kids from a young age learn how to have a healthy relationship with technology.

Depending on the age, I can custom tailor my keynote speaker talks and exercises to suit the audience. My programs are hyper-interactive, real, and (dare I say) fun. Every program has a dedicated Q&A time, and I’m always floored by the meaningful, healthy conversations.

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Here are some specifics I recommend covering per age group:

Pre-K through Grade 2

  • Rules to follow for tablets and phones (that are useful for parents too)
  • Understanding healthy boundaries for games we play
  • Defining personal information and how to keep it safe
  • Figuring out safe sites and apps to use

Grades 3 through 5

  • Benefits and risks of communicating with friends online
  • Keeping personal information private when using social networks, games, and otherwise
  • Privacy settings and age limitations for apps—and why they’re important
  • Cyberbullying and what to do about it
  • Cell phone and tablet rules to live by

Grade 6 through 8

  • Your legal rights (and risks) in social networking
  • Privacy settings and ways to stay safe while having fun
  • Technology tattoos—what you put out there stays out there—and how to be proud of what you post
  • Breaking down conflict versus cyberbullying
  • Sexting 411, including immediate and long-term consequences
  • Going viral through kindness Going viral through kindness
 
 

 

Teens & College

Real talk for modern adolescents

As if being a teenager wasn’t hard enough, today’s adolescents have to deal with a whole new layer of complexity: the online world. School gossip isn’t something you can leave behind at 3pm, and the decisions you make about social media can haunt you for the rest of your life.

I’m not here to lecture kids about what’s appropriate and what’s not. Instead, my approach as a keynote speaker is to walk teens through a decision-making process that considers the immediate and long-term impact of everything they do online. I want to have a meaningful conversation with the students so I can hear them out and encourage them to question the big picture. And since every program I run has a dedicated Q&A time, I’m always awed by the breakthrough we make together.

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Here are some specifics I recommend covering per age group:

High School

  • Understanding that your online reputation (often for the rest of your life) starts with the decisions you make now
  • Capturing your life on social media—and the risks that come with it
  • Employment and college admissions risks and opportunities
  • Sexting, cyberbullying, and digital tattoos

College

  • Recognizing that your online posts (of parties and more) can permanently affect your career
  • The ups and downs of privacy settings
  • Sexting and the legal implications of child pornography
  • Real-life case studies of internet technology successes and failures
 
 

 

Adults & Organizations

Big kids at heart

While much of my work is directed to a younger audience, you’d be surprised by how many adults are mystified by the world we live in. For this reason, I make sure to offer programs that help “big kids” navigate the new normal of technology.

From parents wanting to better understand the boundaries (and opportunities!) of tech to corporations that want their staff to brush up on internet crime, my message is tailored and digestible to any audience. My goal is to educate in a way that helps audiences use the internet in a safer, more productive way, from recognizing health traps to protecting yourself with privacy precautions. We cover a lot and, while the topics are serious, I do my best to make it as enjoyable as possible.

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Here are some specifics I recommend covering per adult group:

Parents

  • Updates on the latest technology trends and dangers, including devices, social networks, and apps
  • Social media age limitations and restrictions
  • Privacy settings, geo tracking, and keeping tabs on your kid
  • Advice for having real conversations with your child to foster a positive online experience for your family, with suggested restrictions and rules

School administrators

  • Proactive measures to keep kids safe in schools, including a 411 on the current trends in social networking
  • Opportunities and recommendations with devices in schools, including 1:1 programs, user agreements, parent education, and policies
  • Overview of sexting and child pornography, including appropriate school handling of reported incidents
  • Cyberbullying identification, implications, and preparation, complete with case studies
  • Designated Q&A for personalized feedback on real school issues

Corporate keynotes and workshops

  • My message is tailored to match the overall theme of each speaking engagement. Previous audiences have included: law enforcement, corporations, superintendents, technology companies, private industry conferences
 
 

 

Custom Programs

For you and only you

When families or schools are dealing with a particular technology issue, I’m here to help. Whether an incident has already occurred—or has the potential to spiral out of control—I’m here to be a neutral mediator and advisor to keep everyone safe and happy at home and school.

My custom programs are just that—custom—and I can work with groups or one-on-one. If you’re looking for assistance to implement cyberbullying legislation, had an incident with your teen, or just want to make the people you care about safe, I’ve got the answers for you.

 
 
 
 

"Katie provided a high impact presentation that kept our students, teachers, and parents engaged from start to finish. Everyone that attended went home with a deeper understanding of the potential dangers lurking on the Internet and strategies parents can use to keep kids safe. I highly recommend Katie for all students, staff, and parents."

Dr. Jeff Marsden, Superintendent
 
 
 

"I wanted to personally thank you for serving as a conference workshop presenter for our inaugural conference...We really exceeded our expectations and I am proud to day say that when the attendees departed Saturday afternoon they were energized and ready to implement even greater efforts in building sustained family engagement in Georgia...Your presentation sure opened some doors here in Georgia and I know Georgia's students and families will be the lucky recipients of the knowledge you shared. Thank you for what you do every day as well as your drive, compassion, and support you exhibited as a presenter at our conference."

Georgia Department of Education
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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