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 how to recognize 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: How do they work? Are they effective? What does "private" really mean?
  • Cyberbullying and what to do about it
  • Cell phone and tablet rules to live by

Grades 6 through 8

  • Social networking: The AWESOME, the "eh" and the ugly. How to effectively utilize social media to work FOR you.
  • Privacy settings: What do they mean? How do they work? Is our info really private?
  • 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: A real discussion about pressure, breaches of trust, oversharing, and an empowering message of owning YOUR own body
  • 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 - or help get you into college or land that awesome, new job.

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 - the AWESOME and the not-so-awesome. I want to have a meaningful conversation with the students so I can hear them out and empower 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 and can be wonderfully powerful if done right
  • Capturing your life on social media—and the risks that come with it
  • Privacy: Is there such thing anymore? What do our settings guarantee? What are the long-term implications of our constant use of these devices/apps/platforms?
  • Digital health: A down and dirty conversation about digital health and how these devices are impacting our moods, behaviors and relationships. The physical and psychological importance of giving our brains and bodies a break from screens
  • Employment and college admissions risks and opportunities
  • Let's talk about sex...ting. It's happening EVERYWHERE. Laws are all over the place. Long-term repercussions are currently unknown. Pressure is a driving force. Real talk about a pervasive social issue

College

  • You got to college - AWESOME. How to stay enrolled there in this world of instant posts, texts, videos, and comments on social media
  • Student-athletes: How your online behavior reflects your offline self and teammates
  • Privacy settings: Is there such thing anymore? What do our settings guarantee? What are the long-term implications of our constant use of these devices/apps/platforms?
  • Let's talk about sex...ting. It's happening EVERYWHERE. Laws are all over the place. Long-term repercussions are currently unknown. Pressure is a driving force. Real talk about a pervasive social issue
  • Digital health: A down and dirty conversation about digital health and how these devices are impacting our moods, behaviors and relationships. The physical and psychological importance of giving our brains and bodies a break from screens
  • 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. It’s no longer sensible to bury our heads in the sand and hope all this goes away - it’s here to stay. With that, I’ve developed programs that help parents, techies, administrators, and law enforcement stay on top of what’s now and what’s next in this digital world.

From parents wanting to better understand the boundaries (and opportunities!) of tech to corporations that want their staff to brush up on the latest apps and social media trends, to school staff trying to wrap their brains around healthy tech balance, 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 - and it often is coming directly from what the kids are divulging that very day. So take a deep breath, perhaps smile and laugh - we got this…piece of cake.

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Here are some specifics I recommend covering per adult group:

Parents

  • Updates on the latest tech trends including popular apps, social networking trends, gaming, sexting and more
  • Social media age limitations - and how often kids are breaking them
  • Privacy settings, location services, check-ins: Are your devices set-up safely?
  • Advice for having real conversations with your child to foster a positive online experience for your family, with suggested restrictions and rules
  • Digital health check-in: Is your family doing a good job balancing life and technology? Most KIDS say "NO!"
  • Smartphones & Age: What's the average age kids get smartphones? Are there alternatives? Is there a right age for kids to get smartphones?

School administrators

  • Proactive measures to keep kids safe in schools, including a breakdown of the current trends in social networking
  • Digital health: How does your school rank in taking into account digital health? Is there a good balance?
  • Opportunities and recommendations with devices in schools, including 1:1 programs and best practices, 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 firms, private industry conferences
  • Social media 101: Explore the world of the hottest social media apps, how they work, with live demonstrations
  • Gaming: Review the latest trends in gaming, safety precautions, and psychological implications
  • Location-sharing apps: The good, the bad & the ugly. How to tell the good ones from the bad ones, and determine if the benefits outweigh the risks
  • Hooked on technology: How much is too much? When was the last time you walked into a restaurant, took a plane, or walked down the street without seeing people glued to their smartphones? What's the current state of digital health amongst adults and kids, and how can we be better about balancing?
 
 

 

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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