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DIGITAL EMPOWERMENT PROJECT

The digital world is impacting all of us – especially our impressionable youth. In my 36 year career as a law enforcement officer, I was fortunate to spend 12 of those years serving as an “Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC)” investigator. My role as an investigator was to pose as a child, your child, my child. The world that I suddenly found myself immersed in was almost beyond descriptive words. I knew that my investigations were important and they were making a difference – one online predator at a time. But my heart told me that I had to do more, that I needed to share my unique perspective on the risks and dangers of the digital world. I knew that I needed to empower others to make safe and healthy choices in their digital lives.

In 2005, I began presenting my DIGITAL DIVIDE program to parents, educators and children. Since that time I have provided vital information on the risks of the digital world to thousands of presentation attendees. My profession has transformed to my passion – THE DIGITAL EMPOWERMENT PROJECT™.

ENGAGING

When a speaker is passionate about their topic – it allows the presentation to be engaging, impactful and leaves the attendees feeling informed and empowered. Each presentation includes detailed visual and audio aids as well as a Q&A session.

AGE APPROPRIATE

The information delivered is always age-appropriate while not diluting the important message. Presentations are available for both middle-school and high-school aged children in school, civic groups or church youth groups. The parent and educator presentations provide the information that parents need to hear no matter what their level of internet knowledge is.

RELEVANT

Presentations are constantly being updated and revised so they are relevant. If you, or your organization has a specific need or concern, presentations can (and should) be tailored to address your needs. Information is important – it should be accurate, timely and relevant.

FAQ’S.

Can a DIGITAL EMPOWERMENT PRESENTATION be held at my location?

Absolutely! Although the Digital Empowerment Project™ frequently sponsors DIGITAL EMPOWERMENT PRESENTATIONS at various locations, the bulk of my scheduling is done when others host presentations. I LOVE to travel!  Touch base with me and we can work out the details.

In order to host a DIGITAL EMPOWERMENT presentation your venue needs to be suitable and comfortable for the anticipated audience. The host is required to provide a screen to project a PowerPoint presentation in such a manner that it is visible to everyone attending the presentation. If the host has a PowerPoint projector and a computer (capable of playing audio files) that is a plus but, I will bring a projector and laptop as a backup. I will also provide my own microphone and speaker system for use during the presentation should it be needed.

Is there a cost to host a DIGITAL EMPOWERMENT PRESENTATION?

The short answer is typically yes – however what is important is that cost should not be the reason that your organization is not able to benefit from the DIGITAL EMPOWERMENT PROJECT™. To that end, I work hard on not letting cost be a factor that would prevent anyone or any organization from hosting a presentation. Please don’t hesitate to contact me so that we can discuss an affordable way to bring the DIGITAL EMPOWERMENT PROJECT™ to you!

How long are the DIGITAL EMPOWERMENT PRESENTATIONS?

The length of a specific teen or student presentation varies but are not longer than one hour (the kids get restless!). I prefer to have the opportunity to speak to the students for one hour (if I had my choice!) I am willing to present up to (4) 1-hour student presentations per school day or organization event as well as (1) 2-hour parent presentation in the evening.. School based presentations are based on available class or assembly times. Digital Empowerment for Parent presentations are two-hours in length.

How can I stay updated on the information presented?

I work hard to ensure that MY presentations are packed with the latest, timely and relevant information. i have an active FACEBOOK and TWITTER social media sites where I make available up-to-date information on how the internet is changing (and it is constantly changing). My partner, Josh Ochs, at smartsocial.com is an amazing resource for parents and he will help you stay abreast of the ever changing internet.

PLEASE consider sharing MY Facebook page – let’s get social about keeping our youth safe online!

Where can I access immediate resources and printed material about internet safety?

One of my favorite questions! The Digital Empowerment Project™ is a licensed partner with the STOP, THINK and CONNECT campaign as part of the National Cyber Security Alliance. You can access important internet safety resources at the following links:

https://stopthinkconnect.org/ and https://staysafeonline.org/

      

How can I help the DIGITAL EMPOWERMENT PROJECT?

I am so glad you asked! While my presentations are packed and ready to go, I have a ton of work to do in getting our FACEBOOK and TWITTER social media sites where I want them to be (filled with helpful information). I need your help to have the greatest impact! If you are interested in making a difference, no matter what your skill level is, PLEASE consider joining the team. Contact me we discuss how you can help. THANK YOU!