The Online Parent is a first-of-its-kind program, proactively addressing the numerous issues young people face online, like sexting, social media, cyberbullying, gaming, and more. Our goal is to educate parents and teachers about what life is really like online for young people, and to give adults the tools they need to begin meaningful dialogues at home and at school. Our tangible, grounded, and easy-to-understand program is based largely on the startling findings from our youth focus groups, led by Ph.D. Shawna Malvini Redden. Through our parent presentations, we teach moms, dads, and guardians what it’s truly like for young people right now in the cyber trenches; how it’s affecting their minds and bodies. And we offer real solutions to parents that will help keep children safe.
Creator of The Online Parent and TEDx speaker, Thomas Dodson,
is a parent, social media professional, and former journalist. He's spoken to tens of thousands of parents across the United States, delivering wake-up calls that moms, dads, guardians, and educators desperately need to hear.
We’re always looking for new groups to educate and engage. Whether you’re a Fortune 500, private school, public school district, church, or small community organization, The Online Parent will help you begin a vital conversation with the young people in your lives. Contact us today to book The Online Parent for your next event.
"I just wanted to say thank you for last night's presentation. It was a real eye-opener!!! I won't lie... it shook me to my core and I think I needed that.
I think I can honestly say this was probably the most important presentation I've ever attended."
- Parent, Elkhorn Schools, Lodi, California
"I am a Superintendent of a school district in Ohio and I used one of your videos at both our high school and middle school open houses this week. I had several people come up and thank me after I spoke. Thank you so much for what you do!"
- Phil Howard, Superintendent, Jackson City Schools
"Thomas is a frequent guest speaker at school and regional parent meetings. I've had the pleasure of attending several events where Thomas, as a featured speaker, has introduced parents to their children's world of social media and provided insights
and tips for guiding and supporting children without losing their trust. His presentations are relevant and highly interactive."
- Gail Desler, Tech Integration Specialist, Elk Grove Unified