On A Crusade
On Feb 6, 2018, the Salt Lake Tribune's front page article began: "Collin Kartchner decided to fight Instagram with Instagram." Using his social media account, Collin has been on a crusade to help people rise above the negative effects of social media, and showing the world how to use it as a tool for doing good. In two weeks he raised over $125,000 for Hurricane Harvey victims, in 3 hours raised $15,000 for "You Are Beautiful" & "You Are Loved" billboards seen over 1.2M times. He organized fundraisers for kids fighting cancer and orphanages in South America. Now he's on a crusade to save tweens & teens from social media's potential destruction to their self-esteem and mental health, and empowering parents to reconnect with their kids. #SavetheKids #SavetheParents
Real Teens No Filters
Ashlyn, 15, Gilbert, AZ
You have changed my life. I first saw your account I doubted so much on whether social media made as much a difference as you said it did. Then I started to notice things. I am spending hours at a time on social media. It's eating up all my time and I hate it. I don't act like a kid anymore. I also struggle getting along with family members. Guess who the culprit is?? SOCIAL MEDIA! I'm going to spend A LOT more time off social media and more time with my family!"
8th grader Highland, Utah
This past December I was sexually harassed by a boy who was addicted to porn. He has had a cell phone since 5th grade and wasn't responsible with it. He ended up hurting me and other girls because the internet taught him that was normal. He now doesn't even know what a real relationship is with a girl because of social media and the internet. I've seen this throughout my school and I'm only in 8th grade. I'm still a baby. and yet everyday I'm living in fear because of online bullying and other threats. So thank you for all the inspiration your stories have. I have learned to put down my phone. To be responsible. To look at the world around me. Thank you!
Utah Mom of Tween
I messaged you a while ago about my daughter trying to commit suicide. I took her phone away. The difference is night and day. She is a happy girl again. She is full of life. She is wanting to participate in family activites. Her confidence has grown beyond what I could imagine. This is real. It is scary. She is only 13.
13 year old Provo, Utah
Thank you so much for opening my eyes. I've been following you and your stories for the past couple of months now. As a 13 year old in middle school, I have definitely seen the effects of smart phones. It honestly is ruining our lives and generation.
Jordyn, HS Senior
Since my junior year Instagram and Snapchat have given me so much anxiety and depression because I would see all these people doing fun things and watch people look so cute in their new clothes I coudn't afford. And ya know what, you made me realize that I don't need any of those things. I've unfollowed 500 plus people on Instagram and took everyone off my Snapchat that wasn't family. Thanks to you, I'm finally FREE!!!!"
Ali - 15
Collin, you have motivated me to delete all of my social media accounts. I already got rid of Snapchat and now I'm going to get rid of Instagram. It's all just gross now... It's not worth it! Thanks Collin! I'm going to enjoy my freedom!"
KJ- 14yrs old
Hey Collin, my best friend and I are getting our whole friend group off snapchat, and hopefully we can make REAL memories instead of being motivated to do things so that everyone else can see and be jealous. We can act again like when we were kids, have real unfiltered fun. You and this movement is SO awesome!! Thank you!!"
Shawnee - teenager
I hope what you know is that by doing what you're doing, you are saving kids. Maybe one, maybe 10, maybe thousands. And those who follow you and want to save the kids need to SHARE THIS MESSAGE. You never know who you can save and effect just by talking about it!"
Mom San Clemente, California
Since we took away social media, it feels like we got our girl back! She's outside playing with siblings, laughing and more engaged! She isn't constantly sitting with her face in her iPod, and snapping at us. She only had it for a few months... But the immediate change we noticed, both when we got Instagram and then when we took it away, was amazing to me! I'm fully on board with just letting kids be kids! When I heard them all giggling outside today, I was so grateful I have been following you and cut off social media. So thank you!
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Parent Empowerment Nights
Saving our kids from the potential soul-crushing effects of social media and video game addiction begins by educating and empowering parents. We had our first Parent's Education Night in Pleasant Grove, UT, where 700 parents packed a 600 seat auditorium. The following morning, we had 400 parents for a 300 seat venue. Later that month, we did this event in Gilbert, AZ, where once again, we had standing room only.
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Deseret News Article by Collin
The Deseret News asked Collin to write an op-ed on the #SavetheKids movement, and to address what parents need to understand about giving their kids smart phones with access to social media apps.
"Handing a tween or teen a smart phone with access to Instagram and Snapchat with zero training, guidance, or monitoring, is like handing them keys to the family car as 12 with zero driver's ed. How then are we shocked when they keep crashing and burning?"
I Love Kids. Period. The End.
Kids today are wading through water so mucky none of us could ever imagine dealing with. And as tough as it is to be a kid today, I truly feel they are the smartest, most capable, and resilient bunch. As I speak to 1000's of teens across the nation, it only affirms my belief. Social media and smart phones can be used for so much good, but sadly they are tearing at the fabric of our society and our homes. As I invite kids to focus on living in real life and stop worrying about social media perfection, that it's okay to show the world you're not okay, I can see a weight lift off their shoulders and many inspire their peers and parents to get off social media as well. I believe it is going to be the kids today that save us all.
My Message to Parents
Social media can be an amazing tool to do so much good. I used my Instagram account to raise $100k's for hurricane victims, Cancer kids, orphanages, all using social media. But apps like Instagram and Snapchat were NOT designed for kids. It is ruining so many young lives. I get 100's of messages a day from teens sharing stories that would make you sob. There is balance, we can teach responsibility, but we can't teach the maturity required to successfully use social media. Click the button to read more....