Wooster to Welcome Social Media Expert Josh Ochs on March 4

Wooster City Schools is excited to welcome Josh Ochs to visit and present to the district on Monday, March 4. Ochs will deliver three social media presentations at the Wooster High School Performing Arts Center. The first presentation, for grades 8-12, will take place from 8:50 to 9:35 a.m.; the second, for grades 5, 6 and 7, will take place from 10 to 10:45 a.m.; and the third, which is for parents and is free and open to the public, will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The idea for these presentations was spawned this past summer, as Superintendent Dr. Michael Tefs and Director of Elementary Education Karen Arbogast began having conversations with parents and all-city PTO members about ways the schools and parents can work together. Social media education for parents and students was repeatedly mentioned as a topic of interest, leading the district to reach out to Ochs, who travels the U.S. speaking to more than 30,000 students per year on this exact topic.

Ochs, who has a background in marketing at Disney, teaches teens and tweens how to use social media as a portfolio of positive accomplishments. He also shows families practical examples that both children and parents can use to always keep it “Light, Bright and Polite” online, which is the title of his recent best-selling book.

In the presentations for students, Ochs will discuss topics such as: how to analyze your Google results to see what colleges will find; examples of good and bad social media posts, how to use Instagram and Twitter as your personal portfolio; and more.

For parents and community members interested in attending Och’s evening presentation, visit www.eventbrite.com and search for “Josh Ochs Wooster” to register. Registration is recommended but not required.

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“We look forward to welcoming Josh Ochs to the Wooster City School District,” Tefs said. “Social media and the online world is a major part of students’ lives and is not going away. We want to help both parents and students navigate social media safely.”