Maureen Kochan is a mom and journalist responsible for running the day-to-day operations of ConnectSafely.org.
“This is a critical time in the struggle between fear- and fact-based internet safety education,” Maureen says. “The ConnectSafely mission to encourage rational, balanced discussion – and provide a forum for it – resonated with me as a citizen and parent. My son is still younger but I’m aware that he’ll inherit a world shaped by many of the attitudes and policies being formed right now.”
In her role at ConnectSafely, Maureen works to ensure parents and educators better understand the apps and services their kids and students use. She helps develop guides, videos, podcasts, webcasts, and other resources, helps manage strategic partnerships, and oversees annual Safer Internet Day in the US.
Prior to joining ConnectSafely, Maureen was an editor and journalist, writing extensively on the subjects of relationships, teens, youth culture and animal welfare.