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.


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.


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.


Shaping Digital Wisdom Curriculum

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

Virtual Learning

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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Megan Hoffman, M.Ed.

"The talk Ryan gave at our in-service a few years ago was the best professional development I have had in 17 years of education." Megan Hoffman, M. Ed. School Counselor - Cannon McMillan School District

Andrea S. Okonak, M. Ed

"The Shape the Sky presentation by Ryan Klingensmith is extremely informative and relevant. He has presented at our school twice now and each time had the most updated research and material to share. His presentation style makes these important topics easy to understand whether you are tech-savvy or not. We look forward to working with Ryan again in the future and would highly recommend Ryan/his program!" Andrea S. Okonak, M. Ed Head of School - Penn-Mont Academy

Deanna Othites

"I first heard Ryan Klingensmith speak at a community event several years ago. As a parent and school counselor, I was very impressed by his knowledge and dedication to educating parents about social media. Technology moves at such a quick pace that most adults usually are not as savvy with the new social media trends. Ryan gives not only real-life examples, but also preventative advice and suggestions to help parents and caregivers guide their children throughout this process of learning. Our school district was fortunate to have him speak at our Open House this year. I have also heard Ryan speak at PSCA Conferences and always find his presentations to be informative!" Deanna Othites School Counselor - Shenango Junior/Senior High School

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
Take the Pledge

Join the “Think Before You Post” Pledge

Kari L

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.