Tom Rich

Cyber Safety Expert, STOPit

Tom is STOPit’s cyber safety expert and key spokesperson for student and parent rallies, where he encourages the creation of positive school communities. His presentations cover cyberbullying and how technology fuels this epidemic, including detailed looks into the most popular social media sites of the moment and incorporating real-life examples. Tom’s engaging presentation drives home how these forms of communication are affecting our youth everyday and making it easier to be mean to each other. He provides relevant, effective cyber-safe strategies to help children use social media in positive ways and promote safe, kind school communities. Always Connected grew out of Tom’s previous venture, Generation Text.

Tom is also a Sergeant with the Summit Police Department in New Jersey, where he has worked as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Juvenile Detective, Juvenile Sergeant, and Patrol Sergeant. Tom is the Owner and Presenter for AlwaysConnected.org, and has been the keynote speaker at over 700 events nationally, reaching over 500,000 students. Tom has a BA in Criminal Justice from Monmouth University.

Recently written by Tom

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Help Your Child Rise Above Cyberbullying

Even when you have helped your child respond to a cyberbully in a responsible way, the experience can be incredibly upsetting or even scary, for young children and teenagers alike. Use these tips to help your child develop the life skills needed to move on from this upsetting experience stronger, more confident, and more resilient.

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Responding to Cyberbullying

 How you can help your child handle a cyberbullying situation if and when it does happen. This is a difficult and scary time for adults and kids alike, but there are some practical steps you can take to help diffuse, and keep record of, the abuse. 

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How to Remove Geo-Tags From Instagram: A Step-By-Step Guide

With geo-tags turned on, anyone can see exactly where your child posts from on a neatly drawn map. So if they are posting from places like their school, the theater they frequent, or your home, people will know how to find them. Use this step-by-step guide to turn off geo-tags. 

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Helping Your Kids Face Down Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is best faced head on. Parents should be aware that cyberbullying is very likely a par to of their child's online life, and  give their child the tools to diffuse a cyberbullying situation before anyone gets hurt.

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Summer Safety Tips for the Whole Family

It is a good idea to take a moment to  think about the role that technology should –or should not – be playing in your summer diversions.

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The New Device Domino Effect

When new devices are introduced, you know the drill: it’s time to do some research, sit down with your child, and have a serious conversation setting conditions and expectations around using that device.