Parents, guardians invited to online social media safety presentation

In an upcoming free online presentation with social media professional Josh Ochs, presented by the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office Prevention and Education Program, local parents and guardians will be able to learn about online safety for their students and how to navigate social media to “shine online.”

Josh Ochs

Interested viewers can watch the online Zoom presentation live at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, and can register here to join the presentation.

Parents, guardians or caregivers who aren’t able to attend Tuesday can view a recording of the presentation for up to a month after the event.

This interactive social media Zoom presentation is intended to bring participants up to speed on the latest apps and inform guardians on how to talk with their kids about using digital tools to shine online.

“We highly recommend attending,” wrote Lisa Bernard, youth services officer with the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office. “Josh does a demonstration on how to lock your child’s device down before handing it to them that is outstanding!  We’re also providing presentations to all school staff members and students county-wide. These events are free to all participants and have been paid for through the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), which funds substance abuse and violence prevention programs in schools throughout the county.”


During the 60 to 90 minute presentation, Ochs will discuss:

  • What apps are unsafe (and others you should encourage your kids to use)
  • What apps are a waste of time for your Teens and Tweens
  • How to analyze your Google results to see what colleges will find
  • How to bury bad Google results from other users with your similar name
  • Examples of good and bad posts that colleges may find
  • Examples from real seniors that are using social media correctly
  • Tips you can suggest to use Google search like a college and future employer
  • 7 Networks your kids need to be on to shine online


Prior to the event, participants are encouraged to watch some videos, which can be accessed here.


About Josh Ochs

With a background in marketing at Disney, Josh Ochs (pronounced “Oaks”) teaches students how to build their own positive brand using social media (and shows parents how to protect their students). He trains 30,000 students and parents each year via Zoom. Josh is the author of “Light, Bright And Polite.” Josh’s six books teach students of all ages that everything they post on social media will eventually be discovered by their parents, teachers, their school principal and someday colleges and employers. He shows families and teens practical examples they can use to always keep it positive and full of gratitude on by posting photos of community volunteer projects that will help them shine online. Watch some of his videos at