STOPit Cybersafe RalliesSgt. Tom RichKeynote Speaker/Cybersafety Expert

"The presentation was very informative and inspiring! You are truly making a difference in the lives of students!"

-L.S. - 11th grade student in New York

"Thank you so much for coming to our school. I can honestly say you saved my friends life with your message!"

-G.A. - 8th grade student in Kansas

"Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Tonight's Cyber Awareness Event was one of the most impactful meetings I have ever attended, and I cannot say enough good things about it. This was definitely an eye-opening experience for me and I truly appreciate you offering it. Sgt. Tom Rich was amazingly insightful. His presentation was not just for students, parents, and teachers, it resonated on so many levels....A+++!"

-Nicole L. - Parent

STOPit Cybersafe Rallies are dynamic, energetic and informative presentations designed to connect with today’s youth and provide tools for navigating the dangers and vulnerabilities imposed on them daily by social media. Generating awareness of the pitfalls and offering PROTECTION FOR STUDENTS in an upbeat and positive manner, audiences are empowered to manage today’s technology in a safe and constructive way.

Presented by Cybersafety Expert
and STOPit Cop Sgt. Tom Rich

Sergeant Tom Rich is an 18-year veteran of the Summit Police Department in New Jersey, where he worked as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Juvenile Detective, D.A.R.E. Officer, Juvenile Sergeant, and Patrol Sergeant. Every day, Tom dedicates his career to protecting and empowering children through education and inclusion.

Sgt. Rich has been a keynote speaker at over 700 events nationally, reaching over 1,000,000 students worldwide. He has also been a featured expert on the subject of online safety and cyberbullying for Good Morning America, CNN and Fox television. Most recently, Rich was named the 2014 Citizen of the Year by PROBATION ASSOCIATION OF NEW JERSEY.

Sgt. Rich’s goal is to create “teachable moments” to help bridge the gap between students and adults, be they administrators or parents. He aims to open the lines of communication through education and awareness by sharing both the personal and legal consequences of misusing technology, social media, and popular apps like Snapchat and Yik Yak.

Sgt. Rich challenges audiences to go beyond stereotypes, become upstanders, and to be aware of the dangers that lurk behind the screen. In doing so, he addresses the problems that children face using technology and how these pitfalls not only lead to cyberbullying, but also to dangerous behaviors like cutting and suicide.

Using videos and creative solutions, Sgt. Rich’s high energy presentations lead the audience on an engaging journey, showing how the many forms of communication available today can also be used positively. He reinforces the idea that character education and supportive school climates are the keys to changing our youth’s experiences.

Topics Include:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Cybersafety
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Online Predation
  • Helping Foster Positive School Climate
  • Character Education
  • Dangerous behaviors: cutting/suicide/drug use
  • Sexting
  • Photo sharing
  • How to talk to your children and students
  • How to talk to trusted adults
  • The importance of positivity online
  • Photo sharing
  • Geotagging
  • Location services
  • Parental controls/settings
  • Newest apps and social media


“This was truly the best presentation I have seen presented to our students.”
-Gillian M., Principal

“I have been a teacher for 30 years and this is the most dynamic speaker I have ever had the pleasure of seeing.”
-Karen M., Teacher

“Both the students and the faculty were hanging on his every word, and he had an energy about him that brought nothing but positivity to every person in the room.”
-Rich H., Principal

“Far and away the most meaningful assembly we’ve had here in years. Students were engaged from start to finish and asked important questions during the debriefing.”
-Jill H., School Counselor

STOPit aims to improve school climate and promote freedom to express, dream, and live.

As part of our school programs, STOPit also provides:

  • School Collateral: Inspirational and informative posters that you can use throughout your school to promote social responsibility year round.
  • Inspiration Boards: Promote digital citizenship and prevent cyber abuse by teaching kindness. Download one today for free!

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