I like to speak to all schools, churches, and community groups. However, I find that it works best if I do not mix groups together. However, depending on the school, teachers and parents might choose to attend the student presentation to promote followup discussions.
I think that other groups that might benefit from my message are PTA/PTO’s, Christian schools/churches, adult church groups, civic groups, Boy Scouts (from around 7th grade, up), and college groups. Teachers, parents, and grandparents all children’s groups also enjoy my presentation, and often wish to schedule their own, targeted speech for their group.
For young people, I prefer to speak groups starting at the 5th grade. After that, I’m happy to speak with youth all the way through the university level. My speech will change in topic, emphasis of area, and level of candid language, as it suits my audience. For a school that has a wide range of ages, I find it best to group similar age ranges together. For example: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, or ages 10-11, 12-13, 13-14, etc. That helps to focus the speech, and target more specific concerns in the student population.
Parent seminars (both secular and faith-based) are specifically designed to help them understand what their kids are doing already, and the risk that comes with it. I will also help them to understand the role of law enforcement and the schools. Parents will receive specific advice on how to handle certain issues and many links to specific sites for continuing help.
Audiences have been very favorable about this presentation, as you will see in these testimonials. I try to give information that will be helpful to the techies far above me, and to parents who are totally intimidated by their kids’ abilities.
For this, I invite you to visit and read my testimonials page. There are numerous accounts of how my speeches have helped schools already. However, here are some of the high points.
When I speak with the student body:
- The students will have a better understanding of why their conduct codes are written the way they are and the correlation between what they do in cyber and their “real life issues.
- Students get real time help and advice, as to what to do to react to cyber bullies.
- A positive effect on the school climate, student behavior and administrator workload dealing with tech issues.
When I speak with parents/teachers:
- Understanding of the limitations imposed on schools by the law, when it comes to dealing the most serious tech issues.
- Understanding of how to recognize the signs of cyber-bullying, sexting, and sextortion
- Overview of some apps that kids are using, and don’t want adults to know about
I am based in the Austin, Texas area, but I am willing to speak anywhere. There are no geographic limitations. Travel outside of about 100 miles of Austin will require some advance planning, and some different handling of expenses. It is possible that you will need to reimburse mileage, along with meals and lodging, for example. Trips out of state are possible, for multiple presentations in the same state.
I find that many times, two or more schools or churches can split a day of my speeches, travel, and fees, and save money on the package. This works well for speeches that are scheduled in one place during the morning, then another place in the afternoon.
Length of my presentation depends on you, and your event. I will adjust the length to whatever time frame you have available. Here are some general guidelines:
- Banquets: Generally between 30-45 min
- School presentations to students: One class period (generally 45-60 min)
- Teacher and Parent presentations: Between one class period and about 1.5 hrs including Q&A
- Faith-Based: Generally about 1.5 hrs
I will always arrange to stay for followup questions and discussion, if the group wants it.
Audience considerations vary with the speech. Here are some rules to help you, when you invite me to speak at your event:
- Student audiences: It’s common to have several hundred students, but I will speak to as many as 2,000. It is recommended that larger groups (over about 800 depending on the seating) be split according to age. Best is 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. This allows better engagement and age appropriateness for the presentation.
- Teachers: Audiences range from several dozen in a small school to 2,000 teachers in a district.
- Parents: Parent seminars tend to be somewhat smaller, usually in the low hundreds. These have also been sponsored by PTAs, Juvenile court (1) chamber of commerces in smaller cities. Parent presentations use overhead slides (student presentations don’t).
- Faith based: These are designed for small groups, large home study groups, banquets, church sponsored for regulars and church sponsored for the local community. Several churches may advertise to other churches and non-attendees as part of their local outreach. These presentations may also include older teens (16 and above), and are supported by overhead slides.