Meet Katie Greer, the founder of KL Greer Consulting. Katie is a renowned expert and keynote speaker in internet safety who has been featured in major news outlets like Time Magazine and USA Today.
Moms don’t get the recognition they deserve! As a business run BY local moms FOR local moms, Boston Moms is excited to showcase the hard work local moms are doing — both at home and in their professions.
Katie is a keynote speaker who has created her own approach to internet safety that realistically considers the appeal of technology for people of all ages. Boston Moms is proud to feature Katie Greer for this “Meet a Boston Mom Monday!”
We asked Katie to share a bit about herself. Get to know her here!
Name: Katie Greer
Business name: KL Greer Consulting
Children and ages: I have a daughter, Rhys, who is 9, and a son, Brooks, who is 8.
Hometown: Andover, MA
Favorite local restaurant: Sam & Joe’s in Danvers is one of our favorites.
Favorite local business or brand: Little Delights Designs in Andover. They have the cutest personalized things!
What is your favorite kind of self-care? I MUST work out. It is the one place where I can just focus on myself, my health, my frustrations, and emotions. Notably, it has also been the only alone time I’ve had during this pandemic.
What is one piece of advice you’d offer to another working mom? You have to find some time to take care of yourself, and this took me way too long to learn. I’m always trying to be everything to everyone, but if I’m entirely burnt out, I’m no good to anyone. So even a 30-minute workout, shower, and walk outside can be key to your mental health and productivity.
What surprised you most about motherhood? All the challenges that aren’t in any baby books. The notion of being a mom was always painted with such rosy colors and hearts (it’s awesome — don’t get me wrong), but nobody ever tells you about the hard day-to-day stuff or chronicles those details in a parenting 101 book.
What prompted you to focus on internet safety? I have the wonderful privilege of speaking with students/parents/professionals throughout the world about digital health and safety. My focus is really on empowerment — giving kids and adults the information they need to be confident in using technology in a safe and thoughtful way. I started this quest at the attorney general’s office right out of college, where my curiosity about internet crimes against children prompted me to dig deeper and think about what we could do to proactively help kids be safe online.
What is the “most important thing” for moms to know? It’s important for your kids to see you work, so don’t feel guilty about it. Pre-pandemic, I traveled a LOT. I missed things I swore I’d never miss (concerts, games, open-house nights) and would feel guilty and sad every time I had to travel or be apart from my kids when I was home thinking I’d need to spend every waking moment making up for being away. While mom guilt is a thing many of us won’t ever fully recover from or resolve, constantly telling myself how important it is for my kids to see me in this capacity is really important. Missing “things” never seems to get easier, but I try to hold on to that identity as one that is important and beneficial for my kids to see.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. How should parents educate their kids about staying safe? Know who your kids are connected with online. Always. It’s something that often slips away from parents, as kids are connected on SO many different, ever-changing platforms. But we know who our kids associate with offline (we’d never let them go over someone’s house we didn’t know), and it should be no different online. Know who they’re gaming with, following, communicating with, chatting with, who’s following them, etc.
What is a favorite interview you’ve been a part of? One of my favorite interviews was one I did for an Empowering Women series about the work I get to do.
What about your work is the most fulfilling? There is nothing better than talking with students (sorry, adults). I am constantly learning from kids, and it makes me better at what I do. I am fortunate to be able to have interactive presentations with students all over the world, from pre-K to college, and I never leave a presentation without learning something from them. This enriches the conversations I have going forward with students and adults, and we’re all the wiser for it.
High school students may be some of my favorite audience members. There’s always the subtle challenge of, “I already know all this — you can’t tell me anything my parents haven’t lectured me about.” But breaking down that barrier for me is a rush, as my approach is never to lecture at them but to encourage them to challenge previous notions — and I get to chat with them about what they’re experiencing. I’m one of the lucky ones who feels fulfilled in my job every single day, and I’ve met some pretty awesome people along the way.