Josh Ochs trains students how to shine online using social media

Josh Ochs Social Media Speaker

Josh Ochs is the author of “Light, Bright and Polite” and travels the country teaching social media.

Josh Ochs is the author of the book “Light, Bright And Polite” and he travels the country training 30,000 Teens and Tweens each year.

He shows kids how to use social media to create a portfolio of accomplishments that impress colleges and employers. He also speaks to thousands of parents each year to bring them up to speed on how they can have a dialog with their kids about social media safety.

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Josh’s speeches include tips on digital citizenship and cyber bullying. He gives separate speeches to parents and students that include dozens of examples they can use to improve their digital footprint.
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Tracy Rampy, Educational Technology, Southeast Kansas Education Service Center - Greenbush

Tracy Rampy, Educational Technology, Southeast Kansas Education Service Center – Greenbush

Greenbush hired Josh to train 2,700 students in local districts on social media safety. Josh kept all of our Teens and Tweens engaged and showed them clear examples they can use to impress colleges and employers on social media. In addition to using Instagram, Twitter and Facebook as a portfolio, Josh gave students pointers that helped to keep their information private. Everyone left with a clear road map that they can use for the next few months to make sure they shine online. We look forward to having Josh back in the future to visit our students again.

– Tracy Rampy, Educational Technology, Southeast Kansas Education Service Center – Greenbush

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Josh’s speaking style reaches Teens and Tweens as they use his key phrase long after the speech is over. See what they say after his speech on Twitter:

Light, Bright and Polite for teens teaches these tips

Josh Ochs Teaching Light Bright and Polite at Universal Studios

Josh sharing his message with 150 students during a pilot program at Universal Studios Hollywood.

  • Real examples that teens can instantly use
  • How to post pictures the next day – instead of during an event
  • How to be a good friend (Avoid posting pics that might hurt your friends)
  • How to stay out of trouble on social media
  • Snapchats can be recorded, saved and forwarded (Only send videos and pics you are proud of your parents and teachers discovering)
  • Teens learn that teachers, parents, coaches and non-friends eventually can view all of their posts
  • Light = Positive and fun
  • Bright = Smart, Think first
  • Polite = You’re proud of it when your parents, teachers and coach sees it
  • Dramatic friends can post pics that can get you in trouble (and sent to the school office)
  • Check your privacy settings regularly
  • Tip: When people are mean to you…be Light, Bright and Polite back to them
  • Tip: Social media is not your sounding board or a place to vent. Don’t share your dating status or drama.
  • Tip: If you get upset, then call someone. Don’t post it on social media.
  • Tip: Everything’s public
See what Principals send to their parents after Josh's speech

Hello PVIS Community,

Today all students had the privilege to attend an assembly with speaker Josh Ochs whose message focused on digital citizenship and how it can affect their future. Josh’s message was simple yet very powerful and he followed up with real life situations that have occurred to individuals that weren’t very pleasant.

I know that sometimes assemblies are not taken seriously by kids, but I think this one hit home for quite a few. I think that because as I returned to the office between presentations I witnessed our three office monitors on their phones googling themselves which was one of the topics discussed by Josh.

Please follow up with your kids tonight. I think it will be a good discussion.
– Frank Califano, Principal, Palos Verdes Intermediate School

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Josh teaches kids of all ages that everything they post on social media will eventually be discovered by their parents, teachers, their school Principal and someday their future employers. He shows families and teenagers practical examples they can use to always keep it “Light, Bright and Polite” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, text messages and in everyday conversations with their peers.


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Mollie McNally,  Blue Valley High School, Assistant Principal to 1,450 students in Overland Park, KS

Mollie McNally, Blue Valley High School, Assistant Principal to 1,400+ students in Overland Park, KS

Josh, Thank you so much for spending the past two days with the Blue Valley High School Tiger community. You have really helped open the eyes of so many as to how there is a good and safe way to navigate and survive the digital world of social media. Our kids were relieved to have someone tell them, “hey, it’s great to use it (social media) and you can brand yourself in a positive way for future college, career and volunteer endeavors.” Rather than “it’s bad, stay away from it, etc…” You enlightened many students and adults to things we had never considered on the topic of safety.

This is one great proactive way we can combat cyber bullying; showing kids how to do it right and explaining how doing it “the other way” can having lasting impact beyond getting in trouble with your parents or school.
– Mollie McNally, Blue Valley High School, Assistant Principal

social media safety assemblyJosh Ochs teaches 1,400+ students how they can use social media in a positive manner to impress colleges and employers.
Josh Ochs sharing Light Bright and Polite for USC Marshall School of Business StudentsJosh Ochs Microsoft social media safety tour in Southern California
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Josh Ochs sharing Light Bright and Polite for USC Marshall School of Business StudentsJosh sharing his message with USC Marshall School of Business Undergrad Class.
Josh Ochs Light Bright and Polite UCLA Extension Marketing Class SpeechJosh sharing his message with students at UCLA Extension in a Marketing Ethics class.
Josh Ochs Speaking at George W Bush Center in StanfordJosh sharing his message at Stanford with 19 women visiting from Egypt.

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Josh Ochs Author & National Social Media Safety Speaker

Josh Ochs
Author & National Social Media Safety Speaker

About Josh Ochs

Josh Ochs is the author of 6 books that teach people how to shine online and he teaches Tweens and Teens how to be safe and smart on social media.

In 2009, Josh was nearly elected to city council in Hermosa Beach, CA, gaining 70% of the votes required to win a seat in the local election against the incumbent Mayor. As the youngest person on the ballot with limited resources, Josh assembled a grassroots team to help him walk to over 3,000 homes to meet voters on their doorsteps and followup using social media. Josh and his Team set a standard for politicians, professionals and families nationwide on how they can be safe and effective on social media.

Josh has been quoted and featured as a source in Forbes, CBS News, KTLA, KFWB radio, is a guest lecturer at USC and UCLA and a frequent personality on radio shows nationwide. He lives and works in Los Angeles where he was born and raised.

“Your posts are like buttons on an elevator…they take you up, or they take you down”
– Josh Ochs

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Social Media Safety Webinar for Parents 450
Social Media Bootcamp for Parents & Teens 450
Digital Citizenship Conference for Educators 450

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