Shaping the Way Our Children Use Smartphones

Internet and social media are here to stay. Good can come from this kind of connectedness online, but the flipside is filled with false information, risky behavior, cyberbullying, sexualized and concerning content. Shape the Sky is dedicated to spreading awareness to help parents and professionals create safe and responsible children online.

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Download Our Technology Contract

Kids have the skills to use technology, but can lack the wisdom to use it responsibly. Our contract will help guide the conversation and set expectations about responsible social media and technology use. If you have a child that owns or uses a device, this free contract is a must for your family.

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What is Shape the Sky?

At Shape the Sky, we provide educational resources and the necessary tools to teach adults about risky behaviors of the internet and social media and how to create responsible children online and on their smartphones. We’ll give you an inside perspective on the world of social media that our children live in, so you know how to talk about it with them. 

Shape the Sky offers face-to-face and virtual training sessions, a catalog of training videos, and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum to spread awareness of youth culture on social media and its impact on society. We offer training courses for parents, professionals that work with children, students, counselors, therapists, social workers, law enforcement, community groups, and more.

Our Services

Shaping Your Wisdom

We offer Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, a video training series, and in-person and online social media safety training courses for adults to help navigate the virtual world our children are immersed in.

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In-Person & Virtual Trainings

Contact us to schedule an in-person or virtual training to learn about social media safety and its impact on our youth.

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Shaping Digital Wisdom Curriculum

Explore nine lesson plans for middle school and high school students about smart and responsible technology use.

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Training Videos

 Access our adult-designed parent training series to learn all you need to know about social media and its impact on youth and mental health.

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Michel M. Keller

“Shape the Sky has been so amazing to work with. I have had the pleasure to work with Ryan for the last 4 years on many projects. The information he has been able to provide to our clients, employees and the community is always an eye opener to those that work with children and young adults. His information is always updated. Just when I feel like I know it all about current technology trends, Shape the Sky comes out with new material to watch for. It has been a huge help both professionally and personally.” M Michel M. Keller Vice President of Education and Workforce Development- Private Industry Council

Brian Bornman

“Ryan’s program was informative and up to date. His presentation style makes the materiel easy to understand, even for those of us who are not exactly tech-savvy. This is important information to have for anyone working with youth and for parents. Knowing how your kids are using technology will help parents and caregivers keep kids safer." Brian Bornman, Esq. Executive Director-PA Children and Youth Administrators

Dr. Timothy M. Wagner

“The Shape the Sky presentation was an important way for our staff to raise their awareness about profound issues affecting our students.  Ryan Klingensmith’s presentation style blended research-based content with relevant anecdotes in a way that made the information accessible for all.  Adolescent development continues to require the committed support of engaged and informed adults — toward that end, Shape the Sky brings the needs of today’s young people to the forefront.” Dr. Timothy M. Wagner Associate Principal for Program Planning & Innovation of Upper St. Clair High School

Autumn Barry-Kyle

“Ryan Klingensmith does an incredible job of presenting ways for adults to help create responsible kids on social media. His presentation format is so unique that it captivates his audience! In fact, we have invited him twice to our school district for parent presentations.” Autumn Barry-Kyle Altoona Area Junior High Teacher & Parent

Mrs. Laura Bierbower

“I am beyond grateful that we were able to bring Shape the Sky to our community. The information is so important and I love that it is presented in a way that promotes reasonable responses from adults. Too often, our society jumps to the extreme of wanting to ban sites, apps, or devices. Shape the Sky’s mission of teaching responsible behavior is much more realistic and practical within the culture of our youth. The two hour presentation flew by and was packed full of useful information. I highly recommend hosting this event for your community. Your community will definitely benefit from it!” Mrs. Laura Bierbower M.Ed., LPC, Youngsville Elementary Middle School Counselor, K-5
Take the Pledge

Join the “Think Before You Post” Pledge

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Join the hundreds of students who already signed the “Think Before You Post” Pledge to promote healthy and safe smartphone use. 

In 2019, middle school student Kari Ann Leventopoulos wrote a pledge to help other students better manage their time and image online. She wanted to spread the message “Think before you post, and unplug to unwind” to encourage students to practice responsible smartphone usage and protect their future. This is a great starting point for elementary and middle aged youth who are just beginning to use technology.