What if we told you that the moment your child was handed their first smartphone, they received something more dangerous than any other weapon?
My former 13-year-old student, Kerry, was no exception to this reality. Her nudes had circled through the entire school. She became severely depressed, and if things got bleak enough, she told her friends she had something in her purse to end it all.
We have worked with youth in Germany and the United States for nearly a decade and observed an alarming trend.
Children encounter an online world that monetizes their innocence and curiosity. We have met mothers who were heartbroken about their children's images that ended up being used for sexploitation. We have encountered dads who were in utter despair when porn sprang up on the devices of their six-year old, when looking up an innocent video.
Malicious and exploitative content is used as a fast track to exploiting our children’s and teens’ most fundamental human needs. Every other child has experienced some form of abuse online.
Feeling lost in how to respond to the challenges we encountered when working with kids and their screens, we needed answers.
As a response, we wrote the book, The Glass Between Us – Empowering Youth To Combat Digital Exploitation a foundation to inspire youth to build value-driven screen habits, packed with research, interviews and tips for a healthier and more balanced screen life.
We are calling this generation back to health, safety and a life of meaning and purpose, where digital habits support what they desire most in life.
It is our heart that nobody feels like they need to face their online struggles alone. We are convinced that the only way to solve this digital crisis is by inviting young people to the table. What if youth were not only victims of a broken web, but inspired leaders ready to create a better digital future?
We are committed to protecting child and family rights in the digital age. We are dedicated create space for kids to raise their voice.
We raise awareness on online safety and empower this rising generation to take their power back, so digital choices serve their vision and values in life.
We speak in schools, businesses and other organizations on raising up a generation to be the first line of defense against digital exploitation.
We advocate for a childhood that is not for sale, fighting for policies and tech safety tools that allow kids to stay kids for as long as possible.
We serve families in the digital age by creating hands on material that allows families to confidently tackle tech's biggest challenges.
Will you join our Wired Human family to help us to empower kids like Kerry to live a life free from digital bondage and addiction?