"Collin is a warrior for our children." -Sean Reyes, Utah Attorney General
On Feb 6, 2018, the Salt Lake Tribune's front page article began: "Collin Kartchner decided to fight Instagram with Instagram." Two months later, Collin started a nationwide movement called #SavetheKids and has been on a crusade to help people both young and old to rise above the negative effects of social media & screen-addiction, while showing the world how to use it for doing good. Using social media, Collin raised $100k's for hurricane victims, kids fighting cancer, and orphans in South America. In 9 minutes he raised enough money to put up "You Are Beautiful" & "You Are Loved" billboards seen over 1.2M times. Now he's on a crusade to save 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
16year-old girl, Logan UT.
I need to tell you how much you helped me today. Today I was planning on ending my life, while my family went to your speech. My mom dragged me into the car to make me come. When I heard all the things you talked about, it helped me realize a lot of things. Social media has had a huge negative impact on my life, and I've decided to get rid of it for good. Thank you for everything you said, and for saving my life."
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!"
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!
Collin Has Spoken at
Collin part of KSL Investigation into Teen Social Media Use
KSL Investigates interviewed Collin about what teens are really doing on social media.
"Kartchner said there needs to be a new attitude of love and no shaming. He also said parents need to realize if they give kids with under-developed brains technology that’s for adults, they’re going to make mistakes. When they do, he said, parents need to be there to guide and love their teens so they make better choices going forward."
Saving our kids from the potential soul-crushing effects of social media and video game addiction begins by educating and empowering parents. We did our first Parent's Education Night in Collin's community of Pleasant Grove, UT, where it was standing room only. Since then, Collin has spoken to many standing-room only parent nights across the country.
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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. 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....