Has your tween or teen asked for a smartphone?

Looking for the best parental controls? Need new ways to engage your kids offline? Smart Social is here to help keep your kids safe on their (new or old) devices!

Are smartphones safe for students?

People can easily get addicted to phones, especially children who have less impulse control. SmartSocial.com teaches students to use their phones with a purpose instead of only as a pastime.

Are smartphones safe for students?

Can your child’s first phone hurt their online footprint?

Yes! Educating tweens and teens on how to use their smartphones safely and positively could have a big impact on their future college, internships, and career.

Dangers That Come With Smartphones

We've done all the research. Let us be the bad guys and share real-life examples about what could go wrong when kids aren't responsible with their phones.

  • Online predators

  • Cyberbullying

  • Sleep Problems

  • Distracted driving

  • Depression

  • And the list goes on...

Predators are using the same apps as your kids

"Online child abuse and exploitation, already one of the biggest and growing crime challenges nationally, has spiked as the pandemic has forced more people indoors with abusers and children spending more time on the internet."

-USA Today
Predator Dangers in USA Today

Colleges and universities pay attention to what students are doing on social media

"At least 10 students accepted to Harvard have had their offers rescinded after administrators discovered offensive posts in a private, online Facebook messaging group."

- The Harvard Crimson
Harvard Rescinds Admissions

Researchers find connections between mental health issues & excessive screen time

"Adolescents who spend more than three hours a day on social media report high levels of internalizing behaviors, marked by social withdrawal and difficulty coping with anxiety or depression."

- John Hopkins University
John Hopkins on Teen Mental Health

Parents should not rely solely on parental controls, since students often find ways around them

"Apple’s Screen Time is meant to give customers a way to control their kids’ devices, but intrepid youngsters have exploited bugs and workarounds."

-The Washington Post

Learn Effective Parental Controls

Set Digital Boundaries and Restrictions

Have an iPhone or iPad? Limits are important when it comes to kids and phones. We'll teach you to set boundaries for screentime use, downtime, restricted apps, and more.

Get The Most Out Of Family Link

Do your kids have Android devices or a Chromebook? We'll guide you on how to link parent and student devices through Family Link to monitor your kid's usage, location, and more.

How To Get Everyone In Your Family To Agree On Healthy Screentime Habits

We'll Give Your Family a Social Media Agreement to Customize

Learn to set realistic phone rules that make sense for your family. You will leave this course with a signed document outlining rules and consequences.

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Thousands of students, parents, and educators have taken our courses. We design them to help families just like yours.

About The Instructor

Josh Ochs

Josh Ochs is the author of six books that teach people how to shine online and he regularly educates students how to be safe and smart on social media.

With a background in marketing at Disney and a love for all things technology, Josh combines both to help teens and tweens use social media as a portfolio of positive accomplishments. Josh spent years traveling the nation sharing tips students can use to create a positive online presence. He now holds engaging virtual presentations. Josh shows families practical examples they can use to always keep it “Light, Bright and Polite” to help them shine online. Watch some of his videos at SmartSocial.com.

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