Offering 10 important modules over a year, the MySociaLife ‘Digital Life Skills’ Program carefully exposes the diverse considerations of life on devices and social media platforms. Spanning digital critical thinking, cyberbullying, sexuality online, reputation management and identity, the latest app reviews, privacy and cybersecurity, empathy and resilience, the program establishes a framework of digital values, which will lead to safer, smarter kids online who will be able to demonstrate more awareness of the issues, respond accordingly, and make better choices both online and offline before entering a frenetic and competitive varsity and workplace environment.
We deliver 60-minute training sessions to parents of children from Grade 4 to 7 and also to parents of learners Grade 8 to 12. The different presentations cover the challenges within each age group, explaining the risks to your children, the latest apps, privacy settings, cyberbullying, sexting, while covering the more pressing issues of establishing digital values in your home.
We train and guide school staff about the latest concerns in social media and digital technology, to ensure even the most ‘non-tech’ teachers grasp what is happening out there, and the tips on how to handle it. Most importantly, we co-build realistic and usable social media policies to ensure your school has ongoing training in place and lives up to its promise – demonstrating to concerned parents that your school is up-to-date and proactive, and protecting it from unnecessary reputational crisis.
Partnering with one of South Africa’s leading child (cognitive) behaviour therapists, David Rosenstein, we are currently delivering a 90-minute speed seminar to mental health professionals 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.
"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 children aged 4 to 13, 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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