When we commence training in schools, we educate the teachers and the parents to align with them with what’s unfolding in our student session, but also how they can support students and children. We show teachers the latest apps, trends, risks, online safety issues, and the opportunities that are available if we embrace technology.
Even the most resistant teachers have provided feedback that this program is an essential partner in daily school life. Let us educate your educators in an area that will only help all involved.
90% of social media policies are irrelevant, out-of-date, and a risk to the school’s reputation. Many education institutions are simply not covered by the documents that they are asking parents and students to sign, leaving them wide open to reputational and legal risk.
MySociaLife is in the fortunate position to teach Grade 4 to 11 students on a weekly basis, and this provides us with the unique vantage point in South Africa – to remain aligned with the most real and relevant risks that face the student. And the school.
A school, in one regard, is a business. And the leader has a great responsibility on their shoulders to manage the daily activities of its employees, and its customers. And yet, in the last few years, one area of our life – digital culture – has left most principals at risk, isolated, and ill-informed. Social media is not just an issue of online safety, it’s a matter of reputation or (occasionally) crisis management.
MySociaLife tactfully works with principals to guide them on social policy, teacher training, and the risks related to both reputation and online safety.
Partnering with one of South Africa’s leading child (cognitive) behaviour therapists, David Rosenstein, we are (as far as we know) the first social media educator in the world to deliver delivering a 60-minute video program to school counsellors and mental health professionals around the world, on social and digital media, examining the latest apps and technology that are causing mental health issues – depression, anxiety, body image, for example – in young learners and teenagers, and proposing possible approaches and solutions.
``MySociaLife has taken the school by storm. We had several girls approach us to tell us how amazing the programme was (this is unusual – we normally need to source feedback). Dean maintained a high energy throughout and was simply an excellent presenter! We love the concept of the programme with repeated message delivery as opposed to the one-hit-wonders where the message is short-lived with large gaps between presentations. MySociaLife is a broad approach tackling numerous topics that extend well beyond simply managing social media.``
``I thought you related and connected very well to this age group (Grade 4) The imagery you used was very relevant to them and they could relate to physical symbols like the precious egg and the locked house, translating them further in their minds into what they needed to do to remain safe digitally. The range of topics as well as your delivery was diverse and spot on for this age and stage.”
``Dean has delivered modules once a term for the past 2 years to our students, parents, and staff. He has helped our school community to understand the pressures of the current digital climate in a relaxed, informed manner.``
``The MySociaLife Programme is highly relevant in the age in which we find ourselves. As schools we have to equip our students with the necessary skills to manage in an online world. Dean consults with a Brains Trust that informs and critiques his content. The modules are thorough and will allow students to grapple with a number of real issues which many face on a daily basis. Western Province Prep is delighted to have embarked on a partnership with MySociaLife.``
"You left me with clear understanding that our children are in trouble"
Clearly, you know this topic from the inside-out and you have a manner and style of presenting that makes techno-phobes like the staff here grasp the roles these devices play in our patient’s lives. I think what really stood out for me was the sharing of your own personal experiences with your children – the point being this matters to you. Though your talk to us was short and a condensed version, it left me with clear understanding that our children are in trouble, with the failure of older generations to manage this technology unleashed, qualifying to be seen as “psychological neglect”. We are placing them at risk and the excuse of “don’t know how it works” just isn't good-enough.
"Social media and the digital world need our urgent attention in terms of the good, the bad and the ugly."
"This presentation provides an up-to-date, accessible and thoughtful guide to the rapid advances and changes in social engagement through social media. We have to keep up to date and keep thinking and engaging with this evolving, shifting, influential and habit forming part of our lives and those of the children and adolescents for whom we are responsible.”
"Dean McCoubrey has developed something unique in the world of parenting that nobody else seems to be addressing"
"If you are one of those parents who are afraid of words like ‘app’, ‘bandwidth’, ‘streaming’, and ‘MMO’, then you might not be aware of the risks that the digital world creates, not just for you, but for your digital native child. Dean McCoubrey has developed something unique in the world of parenting that nobody else seems to be addressing: building digitals values into your parenting plan for the child of the 21st century. Dean is passionate about media, and he is able to use his passion to educate us, as parents, about the risks and responsibilities of raising digital natives."
A parent of teens and pre-teens, Dean has been an expert in traditional, digital and social media for over 20 years. From this perspective, he realised that kids could benefit from guidance around the evolving nature of the media. His passion is education and guidance for young learners to develop their awareness and resilience.
David Rosenstein works with children, teenagers, and adults in the areas of anxiety and depression, as well as phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic, psychological trauma, separation anxiety, sleep disturbances, and ADHD: ``Dean has tirelessly researched, networked, trialed and consulted with experts to provide a balanced view on the technology, mental health dangers, and the solutions that extend into forming positive habits and developing an awareness of what is right and wrong, safe or strong.``
Mary-Ann is an amazing organiser. She has the ability to retain a phenomenal amount of information, collate and then organise it into actions to be completed. Her skills extend into social media and digital marketing as well as direct communications and managing partner relationships. She's a real gem.
MySociaLife has been the end result of two years of extensive research and collaboration
We receive daily bulletins from our partners or peers globally to track technology and cases
We combine the insights from leading educators, teachers and a group of parents and learners to stay abreast of ``reality``
We have commenced discussions with local and international partners that specialise in different areas of relevance - cyberbullying, sexting, privacy, latest apps
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